Mediation Services

Mediation of probate and trust-and-estate cases is now possible under a program adopted by the Supreme Court of South Carolina. In response, our firm’s Harley D. Ruff, a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law, now serves as a Mediator in probate and trust-and-estate cases.


Many of the characteristics of probate and trust-and-estate disputes make them especially amenable to mediation. These factors include multiple parties, continuing relations and numerous issues.


Whether the issues are matters of estate planning, including family business succession, conservatorships and the like, or disputes following a death, including will contests and trust administration, mediation is an especially appropriate way for families to maintain control and consider various means of resolution in a safe and confidential environment. The alternative, litigation, can be remarkably expensive, burdensome and risky. Whenever possible, it is usually worthwhile to try to resolve a case voluntarily (and early) in mediation.


We can conduct mediations at our office at 17 Professional Village Circle on Lady’s Island, where we have separate conference rooms, a kitchen, and ample parking. Or, we can conduct mediation at other locations based on an agreement of the parties. For more information about our mediation services and for scheduling, please contact us by email: or telephone at 843.524.5400.