Law Office of Samuel K.L. Suen, LLLC

Honolulu law firm specializing in Estate Planning, Probate, Conservatorship and Guardianship.

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Main Office

Law Office of Samuel K.L. Suen, LLLC
535 Ward Avenue, Suite 206
Honolulu  HI  96814

Phone
  • (808) 282-4411
Fax
  • (888) 696-7055

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Yes

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Evening and Weekend appointments available upon request

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Estate Planning
Hawaii Trusts
Hawaii Wills
Power of Attorney
Advance Health Care Directive (AHCD)
Premarital (Prenuptial) and Postmarital (Postnupital) Agreement
"Prepare for the worst, hope for the best." We cannot foresee what will happen tomorrow or twenty years from now, but we can, and should, do our best to plan for the future. Unfortunately, estate planning in Hawaii is a task people often procrastinate on accomplishing or do not consider until it is too late. This isn't surprising. The estate planning process inherently involves confronting unpleasant matters such as one's mortality, possible incapacity and even divorce. However, having a well-crafted, thoughtful estate plan can provide a peace of mind that is invaluable.
Probate
Generally speaking, the Hawaii probate process had six basic steps:

1. Notifying interested parties
2. Appointing an executor (a.k.a. personal representative)
3. Inventorying assets
4. Paying claims
5. Filing tax returns
6. Distributing resid
Probate is a court-supervised process by which a decedent's estate is administered and ultimately distributed to the decedent's heirs or devisees. Probate also ensures that creditors' rights are protected and the decedent's outstanding debts, expenses, taxes and other obligations are settled. In Hawaii, the probate process is governed by Section 560, Article III of the Hawaii Revised Statutes.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

I've concentrated my practice on Estate Planning, Probate, Conservatorships and Guardianships because these are the areas I felt I could do the most good. I've been able to assist people of all ages and from all walks of life and it has been extremely rewarding for me both professionally and personally. At the end of the day, I'm just passionate about helping people and these practice areas allow me to do that.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others

I have made a conscious choice to take only uncontested Estate Planning, Probate, Conservatorship and Guardianship cases, but prior to that decision, I practiced trust and estate litigation. Having seen the problems and issues that can occur on the back end of the estate planning process after a person has passed away, it has given me valuable insight into and a different perspective on how to avoid planning pitfalls that could lead to costly litigation for clients in the future. It is heartbreaking to see a family torn apart emotionally and financially because of poor planning or misunderstandings that could have been addressed early in the planning stages.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

There are many wonderful and talented attorneys here in Hawaii, especially in the areas I practice. I take great pride in the level of service I provide and going above and beyond for my client. My clients have direct access to me and I make it a point to respond to emails and return calls promptly. I take full advantage of the freedom I have as a solo practitioner to maintain a flexible schedule and have no qualms about meeting in the evenings and/or weekends. I also have elderly clients who may not have the desire to or are not capable of coming into downtown Honolulu, so I meet them in their homes. Above all, I believe my clients recognize and appreciate that I truly care about them as people and I try my best to show them through being accommodating, giving them personalized attention and furnishing them with superior work product.

Samuel Suen

Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, I am a graduate of Punahou School, New York University and University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law.

Prior to forming my own law practice, I was an extern with the Honorable Michael D. Wilson in the First Circuit Court, State of Hawaii while in law school. Upon graduating from law school, I served as a law clerk to the Honorable Randal G.B. Valenciano, Chief Judge of the Fifth Circuit Court, State of Hawaii. I then became an associate attorney with Kawashima Law Group where my main practice areas were in trust and probate litigation. I also gained exposure to the state legislative process by serving as a committee clerk for State House Representative Robert Herkes, chair of Consumer Protection and Commerce Committee at the Hawaii State Legislature.

I am admitted to practice before all Hawaii courts and the United States District Court of the District of Hawaii. I am a commissioned Notary Public in the State of Hawaii as well as a licensed real estate salesperson in the State of Hawaii.

I am a member of the Hawaii State Bar Association, American Bar Association, Hawaii Estate Planning Council, and the Probate and Estate Planning Section, Elder Law Section, and Tax Section of the Hawaii State Bar Association. A firm believer in the idea that all people, regardless of their socioeconomic status, are entitled to have equal access to the legal system and proper representation, I actively engage in pro bono work with Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii, and the Access to Justice Room at District Court as a volunteer attorney.
License
  • Bar Number: 8955
    Hawaii
Education
  • University of Hawaii - William S. Richardson School of Law
    Juris Doctor
  • New York University
    Bachelor of Arts and Sciences

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