My primary areas of practice are in estate planning, general business representation, and real estate transactions. Of the three areas, I enjoy estate planning most, because I am able to help clients to deal with issues in a practical, sensible way. My job is to take the burden off of my client's shoulders and help them to solve their problems and needs.
I started my solo practice in 1998, after being trained in two of Hawaii's largest law firms. Being in a solo practice gives me the flexibility to work only in the areas that I enjoy doing, and being able to choose and enjoy the working relationship with my clients.
I help families to figure out and provide for their estate planning needs. I take the time to listen to my clients and their desires, wishes, and sometimes things that they are not so eager to discuss in the open. In order to serve a client well, an attorney must fully understand his client's situation in order to recommend legal solutions which fit their family needs, and then draft documents to meet their needs and wishes.
A mass-market trust mill practice does not have the time or attention to provide personalized service to its clients. The true test of your attorney?s worth, is not when you walk out the door with signed documents, but perhaps in 5, 10, or 20 years, when you or your family needs legal help to administer your plan or deal with changes in your life. For that, your attorney should have a long-term commitment to serving his clients in the Hilo community we live in.
505 Kilauea Ave.
Hilo HI 96720
Free initial consultation up to one hour for estate planning. Business and real estate advice are charged on an hourly rate.
Typically $500 to $600 for wills, power of attorney, and health care documents. Trusts will range from $1,500 (single) to $2,000 (married) including powers of attorney and health care documents.
$200 per hour for other legal matters.
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
I gravitated to these three areas because they are typically interrelated. Business people often have real estate or estate planning needs. People buying and selling real estate have enough of an estate to need to protect, and estate planning clients have real estate that they need to deal with. I try to stay out of court (litigation) as much as possible because I find the office practice much more rewarding as an attorney. To practice in these areas well, it requires one to listen closely and try to figure out how people think and act. Everyone has a different life story, everyone is interesting, and everyone can benefit by having an independent third party look at their situation and advise them objectively on what is in their best interest.
With the availability of legal resources online, clients should learn as much as they can before consulting a lawyer. It makes the legal relationship stronger and more efficient for the client, who typically will pay by the hour for legal counsel. Clients who are well prepared ask better questions and we can really focus in on drafting a plan which takes care of their needs in the least complicated and most practical way.
Generally, not. By reviewing someone else's documents, I must take on the responsibility of getting it right, and the time spent and costs involved in working on self-help documents usually does not balance out for clients who wish to draft their own legal documents.
I started my legal practice in 1989 with the Law Firm of Case and Lynch in Honolulu. I moved to the Carlsmith Ball Law Firm in 1995, and then started my solo practice in 1998. I have been practicing on my own since then.
I have a degree in Business Finance and have a fairly good understanding of the Hawaii real estate market. Most of my experience and qualifications as an attorney come from 20 years of experience in representing all sorts of clients in business, real estate, and estate planning.
Translating complicated legal matters into straightforward explanations that everyone can understand, and having a basic understanding on how people think and act.Personal interests:
Exercise including swimming and farming. Reading, when time permits. Helping to raise my children with good values and appreciation of God's gifts, and compassion for those around them.
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