• 7 minutes

Will Contests: Alternative Methods for Resolving Disputes


There are three main alternatives when it comes to resolving will contest disputes.

Party negotiations, mediation, and arbitration are the three main alternatives to try and resolve will contest disputes. Party negotiations in this context involve efforts by the parties, with or without counsel, but without the aid of a formal mediator or other neutral, to resolve the parties’ dispute. The maxim that a good settlement is often one where all parties walk away somewhat unhappy should be reinforced with the clients. This video reviews these three alternatives and how these options can often be more efficient and less costly.

Runtime: 7 minutes



Steven H. Holinstat

Steven H. Holinstat

Proskauer Rose LLP

  • Co-Head of Proskauer Rose LLP’s Fiduciary Litigation Group
  • Proskauer has received Tier One Rankings for Trusts & Estates Litigation by U.S. News Rankings
  • Has a broad and diverse background in all aspects of high-stakes commercial litigation
  • One of the firm’s principal fiduciary litigators and is the lead litigator in a number of high-net-worth trust and estate matters and has developed a reputation for being adept at intervening and resolving challenging interfamily disputes before they escalate into full-blown litigation
  • Aggressive and experienced trial lawyer; he has handled cases before federal and state courts around the country and numerous arbitrations before JAMS, the American Arbitration Association, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (formerly the National Association of Securities Dealers, or NASD), and the International Chamber of Commerce
  • Published articles and lectured domestically and internationally on topics in the field of fiduciary litigation
  • Fellow of ACTEC (the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel)
  • Member of the Surrogate’s Court Committee of the NYS Bar Association and the Litigation Committee of the NYC Bar Association

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