Judy Barber & Frederick Hertz, Mediators


Judy Barber, a mediator and family business consultant, assists clients in resolving overlapping family and money conflicts so they are better able to make sound estate planning decisions. A founding member of the ABA Committee on the Psychological and Emotional Issues in Estate Planning, she is also a licensed family therapist. More information about Judy can be found at here.

Frederick Hertz is an attorney and mediator who specializes in resolving co-ownership matters involving families, siblings, spouses, cohabitants and domestic partners. Fred is also the co-author of Nolo Press' Legal Guide for Lesbian & Gay Couples and Living Together: A Legal Guide for Unmarried Couples. More information about his work can be found at here.

Judy and Fred co-mediate family property and financial conflicts, and each work individually as mediators as well.


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My sister has power of attorney over my father. She changed his life insurance policy to not only to be the owner of the policy but also changed my mother from being beneficary to herself. Is this legal? — Dec 03, 2011
Your question raises issues that frequently arise in families. It appears that your father appointed your sister as his power of attorney "“ though interestingly, you spea...
Can I bill my Mother-in-law's estate for my time and expenses while being her DPOA? — Oct 21, 2011
In most states you are not allowed to bill for this time spent under a DPOA. If your mother in law had set up a trust then it might have been possible to compensated for y...
I think my mother is being unfair with the distribution of her property, what can I do? — Oct 21, 2011
This is a very difficult situation, as it raises all sorts of issues about your family, your relationship to your siblings, and how your mother is addressing your very diff...
Does inheritance left to my husband pass to me in his death? — Oct 18, 2011
The answer totally depends on what the will says and what the legal rules are in your state. There is no universal answer, so you will need to get a copy of her will and b...
How can I make sure that my father's house goes to me and not to my brother? — Oct 18, 2011
We understand that your dad does not want contact with your brother. But here is the question we would ask of you: what kind of a relationship do you want with your siblin...
Who should receive my deceased daughter's inheritance: her husband or her sister? — Oct 14, 2011
The answer to this question depends on two factors: what precisely does your ex-husband's will say, and what is the law in your state regarding an heir who predeceases the ...
What are the consequences for giving all of the deceased personal things to charity? — Oct 11, 2011
We can't answer your question because we don't know what the will actually said. If it allowed the executor to dispose of the personal effects however they saw fit, then t...
Can my step-siblings use father's money to spend on themselves? — Oct 04, 2011
The situation you are facing is, unfortunately, all two common with "blended" families such as yours. Your father had two sets of children, one from each of his marriages,...
Can my brother an I sell my mother's home if we are not on the deed? — Sep 30, 2011
Every state has its own probate rules, and you will need to set up a court probate to gain permission to sell the house. As part of that process, the court will issue a ne...
Does my husband have any rights to my inheritance? — Sep 30, 2011
This answer totally depends on the marital law rules of your particular state, and what (if any) agreements you and your husband have. And, it also depends on the "state" ...