It is never easy to go through the process of selling the family farm or estate. Sibling rivalry, economic disparity between heirs, and many other factors can play a hand in making things difficult. Though it can seem silly, it has helped a lot of families to abide by the following ground rules:

  1. Everybody must take turns talking. Alternating between birth order and reverse birth order is a fair way to allow comments.
  2. Only discuss items on the agenda during each discussion. Nobody is allowed to refer to some previous wrong-doing or action.
  3. No profanity or personal insults. Violating this rule will have predetermined consequences.
  4. References to others’ finances are not allowed.
  5. No assigning blame to anybody for anything.