A question often asked after people come to an agreement about property is, “Why didn’t we settle this property dispute earlier?” The answer is simple but the reasoning is complex.
“You weren’t ready to agree.”
I recently heard a teacher speak about “the teachable moment”. This is the moment in time when a student’s interest is captured . It is a near magical point when learning and teaching merge. The exercise is so simple. The teaching is absorbed and often embedded for life. The settlement of a property dispute is exactly the same. When it is resolved it is so simple and often so obvious.
However the journey to get to that place or moment of agreement is difficult and painful. So much to say; so much to grieve about; so much loss and disappointment.
A skilful lawyer and negotiator who has good human qualities is your guide to the moment of agreement. Don’t just employ any guide; employ a good guide.