I opened my current practice in 2006. My practice focuses on the needs of my clients by providing timely, complete, and responsive services at what I believe is a fair price. My goal is to provide clients with the information they need to make informed decisions about their legal issues and to assist them in achieving the best available outcome given the facts unique to their situation.Example cases
Hawaii requires out-of-state owners of rental property to have on-island property management. Last year, one such property management company "folded its tents in the night," took their clients' money, and disappeared leaving owners with unmanaged properties, tenants in confusion, and missing rent. I was able to assist one such owner in recovering all of their stolen funds through a successful claim against the state real estate recovery fund. As an attorney licensed in both Hawaii and California, I am often called upon to help Hawaii property owners whose primary residence is in California. Sometimes that is transferring the title of their Hawaii property into a new family trust. Sometimes it is providing the conveyance documents needed to transfer some or all of the property to a family member, a purchaser, or to remove the name of a person who has died.
Wills, Trusts & Estates
What to do? Your dear friend has died and named you the executor of her estate. Where do you begin? What are you allowed to do? What must you do? These questions and more are answered when you ask for our help with administration of an estate. If it is your estate you are thinking about, we can help you arrange your affairs so that the person responsible for administering your estate knows just what to do to honor your intentions. We are here to help.
75-5995 Kuakini Highway
Kailua Kona HI 96740
Yes, a free initial consultation of one-half hour is offered. During that time, we learn about one another and the legal matter involved. After the initial consultation, the party and I determine whether representation by this office is appropriate.
Some services, such as wills, corporate formations, and lease preparation, lend themselves to fixed pricing. Similarly, preparation of liens and other documents needed by AOAOs and Community Associations are billed at fixed rates. On the other hand, litigation, and most business activities involving third parties, are billed hourly for time spent.
Hourly rates vary. Lower rates for nonprofits are available. Current hourly rate is $240.
Monday through Thursday
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Aimee Jo Friend
My principal areas of practice shift from time to time, but are always client driven. Here in Hawaii, as well as in California, transactions and litigation relating to real property come up over and over again for people. These are important transactions, often involving large sums of money. People often seek counsel from an attorney to help them think through the possible complications of these transactions and to prepare the documents needed. Similarly, it is a near universal need to have at least a minimal estate plan in place, such as, health care directives, power of attorney, provisions for the guardianship of minor children, and transfer of assets at death. These practice areas permit me to help people achieve their personal goals.
More information is always better than less. Clients are asked to make important decisions in any matter involving legal issues. More information makes for better decisions. I find it is very helpful when clients invest the time and energy it takes to better inform themselves about the problem at hand.
I admire people who tackle the tough job of preparing their own documents. I do not have a blanket rule about agreeing to review client prepared documents. Each situation deserves being considered on its own. When I do agree to review documents prepared by a client, we first clarify the scope of my role. Then, if agreed, I will review the document. Clients are billed at my regular hourly rates for this service and are asked to sign a "limited services" letter of engagement.
Whether to coach a self-represented client is a case-by-case decision. In the business context, "coaching" is a major and routine part of representing a client. In the context of litigation where a client wants to self-represent in court, I am open to discussing this, and in situations where I can be of value, I will work with the client who wants to represent themselves. Hourly fees apply and self-representing clients are asked to sign a "limited services" letter of engagement.
I began working as an attorney for an 80+ attorney firm in Sacramento, CA as a business and employment law litigator. After four years of commuting, I joined a smaller law firm closer to home. Two years later, that firm morphed into Hart Kalman & Haas where I served as managing partner. As time passed, the partners' interests diverged and we each formed sole practitioner offices of our own. I maintained a general civil practice in California that included litigation, corporate, and transactional work until I came to Hawaii fulltime in 2000. In 2001, I worked as assistant to the general counsel for a large real estate developer, and assisted in the sale of that business to a national company. In 2003, I sat for the Hawaii state bar exam and continued with the national company as associate in-house counsel until 2004 when I left to return to private practice at Jung & Vassar in Kona. I missed solo practice, and in 2006 opened my current law practice.
I have owned and operated my own businesses, in addition to my law practice, since 1968. I have worked in businesses as small as 2 people and as large as 7,000, with budgets running a similar range. I have lived and worked in the city; I have lived and worked on a small ranch. Additionally, I have served on the boards of numerous nonprofits. I am married (45 years) and have raised 2 wonderful children. I am a private pilot, a SCUBA diver, a sport fisherman, a golfer, and an artist. All of these many and varied experiences help to make me a better lawyer. Having a diverse background permits me to bring "real world" practical solutions to my clients. We all know there are many ways to "skin a cat," but not all of them will fit for every client. Assisting clients in identifying the best alternatives for them is something I do very well.
I am a collaborator. I see the attorney-client relationship as a team, with both attorney and client working toward an agreed goal. For my part, I am a careful listener who gives honest feedback so the client can make informed decisions. I am trustworthy and reliable. In turn, I expect clients to do their part by keeping me informed, gathering information needed, and sticking to the plan.Personal interests:
There is hardly a subject that doesn't interest me! I think life is exciting, challenging, and full of opportunity. I have enjoyed lots of activities over the years. I enjoy everything from skiing and horseback riding, to diving, golf, fishing, and bowling. I read a lot, both for work and for pleasure, and do a bit of art. Most of all, I enjoy time with people. I am an active member of Rotary International, serve on several nonprofit boards, and do what I can to improve my community.
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