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‘Tis the Season of Giving

ESTATE PLANNING INSIGHTS By Ethan R. Okura and Carroll Dortch From the American tradition of a big Thanksgiving feast to the various religious celebrations at this time of year, gifts and sharing with others are what make this holiday season so special. Unfortunately, many people are not aware that there can be unintended negative consequences....

Estate Planning Insights – WILLS, TRUSTS AND FAMILY FIGHTS (PART 3)

Ethan R. Okura Hawai‘i Herald Columnist For the last two months, this column has focused on children fighting over property when their parents die. We discussed the importance of communication. Especially if the inheritance going to...
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Estate Planning Insights – International Estate Planning

Ethan R. Okura Hawai‘i Herald Columnist The world today is increasingly interconnected. Global travel is commonplace these days, as is moving to another country for work or other opportunities. International marriages are also more commonplace. So, what do these facts have to do with estate planning? See more articles by Ethan by visiting https://okuralaw.com/blog/

Estate Planning Insights – THE REVERSE MORTGAGE

Is It for You? Ethan R. Okura Hawai‘i Herald Columnist A client recently asked me whether or not it’s a good idea to get a reverse mortgage. Before I answer that question, let me explain how a...

Estate Planning Insights – PROBATE AND REAL ESTATE SALES

It Need Not Take Years to Complete Probate Ethan R. Okura Hawai‘i Herald Columnist Sometimes the sale of a house, condo or vacant lot is delayed because of probate problems. The need for a probate does not...
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Estate Planning Insights – Automobiles in Estate Planning

ESTATE PLANNING INSIGHTS By Ethan R. Okura Many of my past columns have focused on how to structure your estate plan to protect your home. I’ve discussed protecting your primary residence and other real property from probate through the use of revocable and irrevocable trusts, through joint ownership or tenants by the entirety ownership and....

Estate Planning Insights – THE DISCLAIMER

Ethan R. Okura Hawai‘i Herald Columnist A Disclaimer is a tool used in estate planning. It can be useful to reduce estate taxes or gift taxes. I will explain what it is and how it works...
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Estate Planning Insights – Tax Filings, Payments and other Considerations

Ethan R. Okura Hawai‘i Herald Columnist Most of us have heard of the option of preparing your will online. In the old days, you could go to a bookstore and buy a form book containing fill-in-the-blank legal forms such as a Durable Financial Power of Attorney, Last Will and Testament, Health Care Power of Attorney,....

Estate Planning Insights – THE REVERSE MORTGAGE (PART 2)

Ethan R. Okura Hawai‘i Herald Columnist Last month, I explained the reverse mortgage. I advised that if you need money and if leaving an inheritance is not a concern, a reverse mortgage may be a good...

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