Dr. Nancy Oppenheim, Attorney At Law LLLC

25 Years Serving the Big Island - Free Initial Consult

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Firm Overview

Dr. Oppenheim has practiced and taught law in Hawaii, Texas, and Colorado since 1986. She opened her practice in 1986 and established offices on the Big Island and Oahu. In addition to her private law practice, Dr. Oppenheim has practiced for Chief Justice Burns, Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals, Carlsmith, Wichman, Case, Mukai & Ichiki, and the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii.

At the same time, as a tenured business law professor, she demonstrated advanced research skills, published prodigiously, and taught award-winning courses to graduate and undergraduate students.

For over 25 years, by combining her active law practice with her academic skills, Dr. Oppenheim's firm has provided the highest quality legal services and problem solving in a timely and helpful manner at reasonable rates.

The focus of Dr. Oppenheim's firm is to educate her clients so they can make informed decisions about the best way to organize their estate, business, or non-profit's affairs.

She works closely with each client to make sure that all parties benefit from careful planning. She employs a positive-sum game perspective, using creative solutions to create unimagined benefits. She works successfully with multiple constituents to manage change and plan proactively to minimize risks.

Example cases

Fixed-Fee Estate Planning Packages designed to avoid probate, guardianships, and facilitate asset management and transfer of assets. Packages include living revocable trust, abstract of trust, pour-over will, durable power of attorney for financial management, durable power of attorney for healthcare and advance directive.

Settled the estate of a young international entrepreneur with corporations, limited liability companies throughout the U.S., and abroad to afford his widow a secure future. Provided full trust management services to maintain a widely diversified investment portfolio with above averages returns since the inception of the trust.

Drafted Irrevocable Trust to avoid impoverishing the non- institutionalized spouse and maintain eligibility for Medicaid for the spouse with Alzheimer's.

Named grandparents as guardian in the mother's will in an effort to avoid having the incarcerated father from becoming the child's guardian in the event of the death of the mother.

Main Office

Main
P.O. Box 1592
Kapaau  HI  96755

Phone
  • (808) 889-5749
Fax
  • (808) 443-0312

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

We offer a free initial consultation that usually lasts for about an hour. After Dr. Oppenheim has determined the alternatives that can achieve the client's preferred outcomes, she sends the client a written retainer agreement outlining the fees and costs associated with the necessary work. When the client returns the signed retainer agreement with the retainer check, she works diligently to complete the work in a timely and helpful fashion.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Clients have the option to choose to retain us on a fixed fee basis, an hourly rate basis, or a combination of both.
Examples of Fixed Fees for 2010: Standard Estate Planning Package: living revocable trust, abstract of trust, pour-over will, durable power of attorney for financial management, durable power of attorney for healthcare and advance directive ($1900 for individual, $2900 for couples); Single Member Limited Liability Company Formation ($490); Non-Profit 501(c)(3) incorporation and IRS application ($4,900).

Hourly Rates

$250 an hour.

Office Information

Office Hours

At your convenience. After work, evening, and weekend appointments are available. We make house calls. Notary services available 24/7.

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Languages Spoken

French and Spanish.

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

She focuses on areas of law where clients can plan and execute estate and business plans that maximize their wealth and minimize their risks.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

During every free initial consultation Dr. Oppenheim provides her client with a Nolo publication about their issue or urges them to read specific texts and articles that help them to manage their legal affairs both during representation and thereafter. Well informed clients often do a better job of managing their own affairs than many paid third parties.

She often jests, "you can never be too rich or too informed." Dr. Oppenheim has actively taught law for over 20 years demonstrating her belief that most educated consumers can achieve their goals by being adequately prepared.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

Dr. Oppenheim makes case-by-case assessments about whether it would be cheaper for her to review and correct client prepared documents or to have her draft the documents. She quotes the cost of each service and lets the client make the call.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

Dr. Oppenheim has had clients who have done a fabulous job of protecting their own interests. If clients want to represent themselves, and Dr. Oppenheim has a good faith belief that they are up to the task, she will make every effort to help them achieve their goals.

Self-representation can be more costly than authorizing Dr. Oppenheim to represent clients in the short run, but subsequently, clients may acquire expertise to handle their own affairs going forward. As they say, "teach a person to fish, and feed him/her for a lifetime."

Nancy Oppenheim

Dr. Oppenheim has practiced and taught law in Hawaii, Texas, and Colorado since 1986. She opened her practice in 1986 and established offices on the Big Island and Oahu. In addition to her private law practice, Dr. Oppenheim has practiced for Chief Justice Burns, Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals, Carlsmith, Wichman, Case, Mukai & Ichiki, and the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii.

Dr. Oppenheim's experience working in Law Clinics during Law School and practicing for the Legal Aid Society in Hawaii made her realize that the best use of her talents would be to pursue dual careers as a law professor and practicing attorney.

She designed her career to provide the greatest good for the greatest number. In both her law practice and the classroom, she uses her advanced training to educate her clients and students about how best to protect their legal interests and maximize their wealth.

Her client's quandaries become her concerns. Dr. Oppenheim thinks about how to craft solutions and strategies while she hikes, while she does housework, when she talk to colleagues, and in perplexing cases, even while she sleeps. She never gives up until she feels like she has generated the best alternative solutions available.

Dr. Oppenheim's greatest strength is the speed and accuracy of her analyses. She can generate appropriate alternatives for clients quickly which allows her to spend most of her time helping clients' make decisions that they are comfortable with. Her style is openhanded, charitable, and bighearted.

Personal interests:

Dr. Oppenheim is an animal lover. She enjoys walks with friends, investing, dance & yoga classes, book club, and cooking for her husband of 30 years.

License
  • Bar Number: 4282
    Hawaii , 1986
Education
  • UCLA School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1986
    Los Angeles, CA
    • Public Interest Law Fundraiser, Lead Role Lola, 1986
    • Moot Court Competition Champion, 1984
    • Pacific Basin Law Review, 1983-1985
    • LSAT Scholarship Scored 97th Percentile 1983
  • The University of Texas at Austin
    Ph.D. Educational Psychology: Cognition , 1996
    Austin, TX
    • Professional Development Award: Intl. Conference Presenter, 1994-1996
    • Research Assistantship; basis: G.P.A. 4.0, 1995-1997
    • Honor society, Phi Kappa Phi Induction, 1995
    • Bascombe Fellowship: Ph.D. student with most academic promise, 1993-1994
  • University of Hawaii, Manoa
    Masters Degree, ESL: Applied Linguistics , 1993
    Honolulu, HI
    Assistant to editor of Applied Linguistics; basis: research & writing, 1990-1991
  • Claremont Men's College
    Bachelor of Arts , 1983
    Claremont, CA
    • Lead Roles in Lysistrata, Guys & Dolls, and Cabaret, 1979-1983
    • Honor Society, Omicron Delta Epsilon, 1980-1983

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