As a member of The Florida Bar since 1989, Michael Orfinger has a broad base of litigation experience that allows him to effectively mediate a wide range of disputes, including probate. To schedule a mediation with Michael, please visit our online scheduling page or call his case manager, Cathy McCleary, at 800-863-1462.
UWWM Principal Michael S. Orfinger
CPR, the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution, has published an article on mediating in probate by Michael S. Orfinger, a principal of Upchurch Watson White & Max Mediation Group, in the March issue of its "Alternatives to the High Cost of Litigation" newsletter.
Mr. Orfinger wrote "Mediating Probate Cases to Settlement" (Alternatives, pages 41 to 43
) to explain the advantages of mediation over "zero-sum litigation" in the probate practice area and to explore its challenges.
"Not only must the mediator be the calmest and most patient person in the room, but he or she also must be the most tenacious," Mr. Orfinger says. "It is far easier for emotionally volatile parties to abdicate decision-making power to the court rather than exercise self-determination. The mediator’s patience and persistence should help the parties keep decision making in their own hands."