LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
Written by Robert Barton, Esq.*
As the final issue for my term as Editor-In-Chief of the Quarterly, I would be remiss if I did not first acknowledge the tireless work of this year’s Editorial Boardâthe secret sauce that made this year a success. Comprised of Erin Norcia, Nick Van Brunt, Ryka Farotte, Matt Owens, Ryan Szczepanik, Gretchen Shaffer, and Laura Zeigler, they have poured over each and every article, working to make each issue the best it can be. Thank you for all your efforts.
This issue of the Trusts and Estates Quarterly is the "Mediation Issue." For most attorneys, they learn about mediation on the job and there is little in the way of formal training or professional development. But arriving at mediation unprepared or with unrealistic clients impedes efforts at settlement. To help bridge that gap, several of the top trust and estate mediators in California have generously contributed their time and perspective in articles that provide practical guidance on utilizing mediation effectively.
Daniel Spector starts the issue off with his article, the Nuts and Bolts of Trust, Estate and Financial Elder Abuse Mediation. A primer for trust and estate attorneys, it is a must-read for new and seasoned practitioners alike.