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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....

THE NEW POWER OF ATTORNEY LAW

Photo Credit: HawaiiReporter.com On April 17, Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed into law the new Uniform Power of Attorney Act. It may be somewhat confusing to people because Hawai‘i already had a law allowing powers of...
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Estate Planning Insights – How Kids Can Be Oyakoko Even When They Live Away

ESTATE PLANNING INSIGHTS By Ethan R. Okura There is a term in Japanese culture — oyakökö — which means to love and care for your parents, although it is really a sentiment that is embraced universally, regardless of race. At our office, we oftentimes have clients who raised their families here in Hawai‘i and then....
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Estate Planning Update for 2018

ESTATE PLANNING INSIGHTS By Ethan R. Okura Happy New Year! The following is the 2018 update of important numbers used in estate planning and Medicaid planning in Hawai‘i. How much money and property can a person have at the time of death without paying estate taxes? At the end of 2017, Congress passed a new....
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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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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 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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Estate Planning Insights – Is Medicaid Going Away?

ESTATE PLANNING INSIGHTS By Ethan R. Okura There have been many political changes in the federal government over the past year. With a Republican president in office and a Republican majority in the Congress, some people are concerned about possibly losing the expanded health care benefits that were provided for in the Affordable Care Act,....

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