Estate Planning FAQ

Unless you take action, there is no guarantee that your loved ones will inherit your assets. At a minimum, you should have a last will and testament. Without one, a probate court will intervene and distribute your assets according to Hawaii state law. Probate is generally costly and time consuming, and it's also a matter of public record.

Estate Planning Is About More Than A Last Will And Testament

If you want to safeguard your privacy and ensure the outcome of your estate, we have the knowledge and experience to help you. In addition to drafting a will, estate planning can address related concerns. For example, a durable power of attorney and an advanced health care directive can provide instruction in the event of your incapacity. We utilize over 25 years of experience to develop an estate plan that is right for you and your loved ones.

An estate plan is also not a one-time event. We recommend updating it to reflect your significant life events. If left unattended, you may be in for a nasty surprise because of how state law defines marital property and applies the laws of intestacy.

Why Every Family Needs An Estate Plan

One misconception that we frequently encounter is that estate planning is only for estates with sizable assets. To the contrary, everyone should have an estate plan, regardless of wealth, for many reasons:

  • You can pass on your values and preserve what is important to you.
  • You can direct the transfer of assets to specific beneficiaries.
  • You can utilize probate avoidance strategies.
  • You can shield your estate from taxes.
  • You can plan for contingencies.
  • You can ensure the privacy of your estate.
  • You can spare your surviving loved ones from administrative hassle and additional emotional upset.

Contact An Experienced Estate Planning Attorney

With an office in Honolulu, we are a convenient and trustworthy resource for your estate planning questions. To schedule your free initial consultation, call 808-587-7700 or complete our online contact form.

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