Estate Planning & Probate
We are pleased to offer legal services to our clients in the important area of personal estate planning including the preparation of confidential documents in the following areas:
Tax Planning plays an important role in protecting and making the most of what you have worked hard to accumulate. We are prepared to assist in strategic tax planning to minimize the impact of state and federal estate taxes.
Revocable Living Trusts
The most cost effective way to avoid probate and to ensure that your beneficiaries receive their inheritance with a minimum of expense, delay and hassle. These trusts can help avoid having a guardianship placed over your assets should you become incapacitated.
Last Will and Testament
Wills are an essential document for clients who desire to direct the transfer of assets to their heirs and to nominate a certain person to administer their estate affairs and to name a guardian for minor children.
Power of Attorney
A durable power of attorney can prove to be a valuable tool for clients in the event of disability or absence of a spouse.
Advanced Health Care Directive
Many clients would benefit from an Advanced Health Care Directive form which specifies a person to make important health care decisions in the event they are unable to do so and also gives health care professionals specific directives regarding the nature of their care.
Probate is the system which the State of Hawaii requires to be followed to ensure that assets held in a person’s name at the time of death are properly accounted for and are transferred to those heirs who are named in a proper Will or are those persons entitled to receive assets under law.
We have extensive experience assisting clients in the administration of both revocable and irrevocable trusts to assure that the trust provisions are followed effectively and efficiently. Trust administration for an estate can be complex and the advice of experienced counsel can be most helpful in such circumstances.
For additional information, please contact Robert Chapman, Esq.