False promises and the Celtic Tiger fall-out
Mediator Clare O'Keeffe warned parents to be acutely aware of what they say to young children about the family estate.
"I've come across cases where grown men and women believe they were going to inherit the farm because of conversations that took place when they were very small," she said.
"You could have a small child walking around with his or her father saying: 'When I'm big Daddy I'll be the farmer like you' and the father says 'Of course you will John/Jane' but it may not pan out that way."
"It has happened too often that the child interprets that as a promise that will be carried into adult life so be very aware of what you say and don't make any false promises," urged the mediator.
Ms O'Keeffe warned of another potential flashpoint that relates to the Celtic Tiger era and needs to be addressed immediately.
"There were lots of wills written and promises made during the Celtic Tiger that simply cannot be honoured now," she maintained.
"The values put on land during the boom were enormous and some family arrangements would have been put in place on the back of those values that simply couldn't be generated from a farming income.