Property disputes can come out of nowhere. They can arise between separated partners, legal disputes with developers or even development processes with councils or just between neighbours. At this time of the year, the courts are already locking in cases for next year, so it’s unrealistic to expect you will be able to get your case heard before Christmas. Court case deadlines and timeframes are also out of your control. So what can you do in the lead up to Christmas to achieve fast resolution of your property dispute?

Take away the emotion and communicate

It’s important to take a step back and view the situation from a different perspective. Can you put yourself in the shoes of the other person? Do you think having a conversation and allowing the other party to be heard might help you act and think more strategically? It might be that working on a solution together rather than blaming the other person, might help you get through Christmas. Remaining professional and relational where possible, even if you don’t feel like it, will always go in your favour.

Getting through Christmas

It’s important to have a clear head on property issues as we come into the festive season. Might it be that the dispute can wait until the new year? You may need to be intentional about protecting your family, and your headspace through the festive season. Aim to keep communication open, with the expectation that the dispute will be resolved in good time, and that Christmas Day for example, is not the time or place. Perspective on both sides will help keep things calm and smooth, and possibly agreeing to pick up the dispute at a later date, can help you both through the difficult time. A lot of emotions such as anxiety or anger on these issues rear their head because one of the parties don’t feel anything is being done.

Mediation and Arbitration

If the issue cannot wait, alternative dispute resolution such as Mediation and Arbitration, allows you to take charge of not only the expectation of how the dispute will be resolved, but also allows control over the deadlines and timeframes. Working with a 3rd party mediator or arbitrator who knows property disputes, and SHAW has national mediators and arbitrators in every state, means that a complete understanding of the laws in your state, can help you reach resolution much quicker, before Christmas.

Don’t let these issues escalate to the point where police get called, and you can’t think of anything else other than your dispute. It’s always best to resolve these disputes as quickly as possible; something you can’t achieve in court.

Christmas is meant to be a time of celebration with family and friends. Don’t let these disputes take away your joy this Christmas.

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