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Estate Planning Insights – Hawaii Enacts Death with Dignity Law

ESTATE PLANNING INSIGHTS By Ethan R. Okura Last month, the Hawai‘i Legislature passed a bill that gives terminally ill patients the option of taking prescription medication that will cause them to pass away peacefully in their sleep. On April 5, Gov. David Ige signed House Bill 2739, the “Our Choice, Our Care Act,” signed into....
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Summer Tax Savings

Having just enjoyed the 4th of July weekend just about a month ago, one thing is certain: Summer is here! I don’t know where all the time is going, but 2014 is flying by...
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Estate Planning

ESTATE PLANNING INSIGHTS By Ethan R. Okura Spring is in the air! So what does that mean? It means it’s time to do your spring cleaning — time to get rid of all the junk that you’ve accumulated over the past year, deep-clean the house and freshen it up. It also means that it’s time....
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Estate Planning Insights – What is a Life Well-Lived?

Ethan R. Okura Hawai‘i Herald Columnist During the past two and a half months of lockdown, I’ve had some time to walk around the neighborhood or take breaks from working at home to ponder life, and I’ve come to some interesting realizations. Here in Hawai‘i we’ve been fortunate because COVID-19 has not killed many people....
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Estate Planning – Asset Protection And Fraudulent Transfers

ESTATE PLANNING INSIGHTS By Ethan R. Okura As you probably know, the United States is one of the most litigious countries in the world, with more people suing each other than almost anywhere else in the world. There is one lawyer for every 252 citizens in the U.S., as compared to only one lawyer for....
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Estate Planning Insights – Estate Planning Updated for 2017

ESTATE PLANNING INSIGHTS By Ethan R. Okura Happy New Year! Here is the 2017 update of important numbers used in estate and Medicaid planning in Hawai‘i. • How much money and property can a person have at death without having to pay estate taxes? At the end of 2012, Congress passed a law making the....
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Estate Planning Issues – The Three Types of Nursing Homes

ESTATE PLANNING INSIGHTS By Ethan R. Okura Over the years, we have had hundreds of clients who have gone to nursing homes to provide for their care as they aged. Some lived full, rich, engaged lives in the nursing home until the very end. Others suffered from severe physical disabilities or dementia that prevented them....

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