Estate Planning Insights: CARE IN THE TIME OF COVID-19

Ethan R. Okura Hawai‘i Herald Columnist Nearly six months have passed since Hawai‘i’s leadership imposed the original work-at-home/stay-at-home order back in March to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. The effort to make ends meet...
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Estate Planning Insights – Hawaii Real Property Tax Exemptions

ESTATE PLANNING BY Carroll D. Dortch Carroll (Cary) D. Dortch received his doctor of jurisprudence degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law. Did you know that there are some exemptions that you can employ to save on your property taxes in Hawai‘i? One of the most commonly used exemptions is the real....

Estate Planning Insights: FUNDING YOUR REVOCABLE LIVING TRUST

Ethan R. Okura Hawai‘i Herald Columnist If you have an existing estate plan, you are probably already familiar with the benefits of creating a Revocable Living Trust. One of the biggest advantages of a Revocable Living...
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Estate Planning Insights – The Role of the Successor Trustee, Now What Am I...

ESTATE PLANNING INSIGHTS By Ethan R. Okura The following is an all too familiar scenario at our law firm: A parent, a sibling or a dear friend has finally gotten around to doing their initial estate planning. You are so happy for them. And then you find out that you have been named their “successor....
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A WILL OR A TRUST? THAT IS THE QUESTION

Ethan R. Okura Hawai‘i Herald Columnist In Shakespeare’s play, “Hamlet,” when the forlorn, young prince is debating whether to end his own life, he asks the question: “To be or not to be?” The question should...

Estate Planning Insights – A GENERATION-SKIPPING TRUST

Ethan R. Okura Hawai‘i Herald Columnist Also Known as a Legacy or Dynasty Trust The term “generation-skipping trust” is often misunderstood in estate planning. A GST does not mean that the inheritance skips your children and only...
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Estate Planning Insights – Secure Act: Big Changes to IRA, 401(K) Rules

Ethan R. Okura Hawai‘i Herald Columnist On Dec. 20, 2019, the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement — or SECURE — Act was signed into law by President Trump. The SECURE Act made some major changes to the way that retirement accounts must be distributed, especially after the original account holder passes away. Most....
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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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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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