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5 Signs You Need to Update Your Estate Plan

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6 out of 10 Americans don’t have a will or estate planning documents. Those that do are older people who see the wisdom of planning for their property and family once they pass on. But is the initial draft still in effect 15 years later? Wills are not documents that you create once and never…

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No Kids? Here’s Why You Still Need an Estate Plan

Hawaii estate planning attorneys often hear, “I don’t have children, so I don’t need to do any estate planning.” It’s surprising that many people are unaware of the pitfalls of not having an estate plan, even if they don’t have a child or spouse. You need an estate plan in Hawaii, regardless of your family…

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How Often Should I Review My Estate Plan?

If you don’t remember the last time you looked at your estate plan, it is almost certainly time to dust it off and do a thorough review. Your life isn’t static, which is why it doesn’t make sense to think that drafting an estate plan is something you do once and forget about it. The…

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Estate Planning Is Retirement Planning

There are some common misconceptions out there when it comes to retirement planning. Some examples include as long as you have a good nest egg hidden away, you’re ready for retirement, or you don’t have enough money to leave your family to justify the time and cost of putting an estate plan together. The amount…

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Are Estate Plans Only For The Wealthy?

Are Estate Plans only for the wealthy

Building a plan for the future and protecting financial assets is not simply for those with incredible wealth. Hawaiians across the state should have an estate plan that protects their assets over the long-term. To help introduce you to the topic of estate planning in Honolulu and its value, we’ll provide a comprehensive overview in…

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Hawaii Residents Can Avoid Probate with This One Simple Vehicle

When undergoing the difficult process of transitioning a deceased loved one’s assets, probate avoidance is a must. Probate court proceedings can be long and frustrating, putting your family through unnecessary hassle as they ascertain who gets what. Sparing those close to you of the emotional and financial stress that this process causes can be achieved…

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What is Probate and How to Avoid It?

What is probate? Many people don’t think about probate until someone they care about passes away and their assets are held up in probate court. What is probate? Probate is the official way an estate is settled with the supervision of Hawaii courts. Probate only comes into play when there is no will or a…

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I’m Stuck in Probate Court. What Do I Do?

If you are entitled to a portion of an estate and got stuck in Hawaii probate court, you are likely wondering where you should turn for answers. Your only option at this point is to deal with the process in a way that reduces the pain and stress. You already know by now that a…

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