Rikk Larsen is a founding partner of Elder Decisions where he is a mediator, trainer and conflict coach. He has created and presented conflict skills trainings to eldercare professionals from around New England. Rikk served on a Subcommittee for the Massachusetts Trial Courts Standing Committee on Dispute Resolution. He co-presented Using Mediation in Elder Law at the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and presented a workshop When Families Struggle with Dementia: Facilitating Solutions through Mediation at the Dartmouth Alzheimers Conference. He is the co-author, with Crystal Thorpe, of "Elder Mediation: Optimizing Major Family Transitions" for Marquette Elder's Advisor Law Journal. Rikk is a former case coordinator for Family and Probate Court and a case liaison for Small Claims Court for the Harvard Mediation Program. He attended Harvard Law Schools Program on Negotiation, studied elder issues with The Center for Social Gerontology and the concept of introducing meditation and spirituality into the mediation process at the Harvard Negotiation Programs Insight Initiative. He is a member of the New England Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution and the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation. He received his BA from Williams College and his MBA from Harvard Business School.
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Working Together after Divorce – The Mediated Road to Success
The world of divorce is a place with an infinite number of stories that play out as a short list of common themes. The biggies: the well being of the children, how to divide assets, who gets the marital home and the complications of a parenting plan. We also know that divorces are rarely the end of the relationship in the sense that once they are final you never have, or need to have, contact with the other party again.
When Giving to World Peace Is No Longer Peaceful: Mediation and the Seven Principles for Managing Conflict in Family Foundations
Management of family foundations going through a generational transition can be more complicated than almost any enterprise. When money is involved entrenched relationships coupled with repressed resentments can make for difficult conversations that frequently end in lost tempers and the opening of old wounds. As conflicting issues come into play, giving away money, which seemed like a nice, altruistic, socially responsible thing to do, can become fraught with discord. Mediation is often a helpful tool for families looking for peace.
Yes, Everything and the Kitchen Sink! - Six Rules for Establishing a Successful Postnuptial Agreement
The purpose of a postnuptial agreement is first – to identify those things that are making the relationship difficult and, second – to be sure both parties understand what they are, why they are problematic, and what specifically can be done about each discrete issue. The beauty of this kind of mediated agreement is that it allows you to include those things that have become important to you now that the honeymoon is long over. Mediation provides a safe forum to explore imaginative ways to deal with the issues with a view to developing alternative ways to approach them.
Tough Elder Decisions: The Mediation Option
There is a new field developing in the mediation world – Elder Mediation. Elder mediation is proving to be an effective way for families, dealing with complex emotional decision processes, to efficiently and safely make tough choices. This is especially true at the beginning of the decision process – when families are fact finding, struggling with options and discovering feelings about their parents or adult children that well up and make clear thinking difficult.
Tipping Points - Reasons Why Mediation Works in Complex Family Disputes
Timing is everything. In complex family disputes the simple fact is that mediation can be the forum for positive change, the tipping point, but it needs a number of preconditions to be successful.
Mediating a Key Estate Settlement Issue - Dividing Personal Property
Mediation with its “structural requirement” that parties focus on and value the dynamics of their relationships and interests before grabbing at specific options can be a powerful process tool for families struggling with difficult personal property distribution issues.
Mediation in Today's Estate Settlement World
The estate settlement process has many areas of potential conflict that
mediation can often handle far more effectively than ad hoc family
negotiations and traditional legal proceedings. Why is mediation effective
in this complex emotional field and what can we do to promote its use more