Has a loved one recently passed away leaving you with the responsibility of settling their estate?
Did they pass away without a will or did they draft a will for an estate with combined assets over $100,000?
If so, you will have to go through a probate proceeding before the assets can be distributed. This can be a painful and confusing process. I can guide you through this process as your attorney and relieve the stress of the probate procedure so that you and your family can focus on grieving and healing. Times like those are when you need honest, sound guidance the most.
"Nothing that you have not given away will ever really be yours." ~ C.S. Lewis
What is the Probate Process in Hawaii?
In Hawaii, the probate proceeding can be either formal or informal. What you need to know first and foremost, though, is that probate can last for months, or longer, delaying the benefits you want to pass on to your loved ones and even contradicting what you wanted done.
An informal process is used when the relationship between the beneficiaries is amicable and there are no major issues with creditors. If this is not the case, a formal proceeding may be necessary which will involve much more court oversight.
A personal representative or executor will need to be named for the estate.
At the end of the process, Letters of Administration will be given to the personal representative or executor which will allow them to distribute the assets in the estate.
Contact us today for a free consultation to see if a probate proceeding is necessary for your family.
“This is the Court of Chancery, which has its decaying houses and its blighted lands in every shire, which has its worn-out lunatic in every madhouse and its dead in every churchyard, which has its ruined suitor with his slipshod heels and threadbare dress borrowing and begging through the round of every man’s acquaintance, which gives to monied might the means abundantly of wearying out the right, which so exhausts finances, patience, courage, hope, so overthrows the brain and breaks the heart, that there is not an honourable man among its practitioners who would not give—who does not often give—the warning, ‘Suffer any wrong that can be done you rather than come here!’”
~ Charles Dickens, Bleakhouse 1852