After my mother passed away last month and my younger brother realized that she had not left him as much of her estate as he had assumed she would, he became increasingly belligerent toward me and my sister. My mother did change her estate plan in the last year of her life because she was not happy with the way our brother was behaving toward her and other members of the family. So far he has not accused us of any impropriety, such as convincing our mother to reduce his share, but he seems to be heading in that direction. My sister and I are willing to give in a bit and let him have more of the estate if it would help him to move past his anger. My question is whether we have anything to lose by getting involved in a mediation with him to see if we can find a solution that makes him happy? Am I correct in assuming that there is no negative consequence to us if we make this effort? For example, I understand that a mediation is not binding in any way, correct? Sorry if this is a bit rambling, but I want to make sure I'm not overlooking anything before I propose mediation. Thanks.
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