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Edward JSF Smith

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Mr. Smith's experience encompasses divorces involving military spouses, domestic abuse, and interstate child abduction and parental kidnapping issues,... (more)

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Mary Jane Connell

Business Organization, Wills & Probate, Estate Planning
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Bart M. Koza

Wills, Wills & Probate, Estate, Corporate
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James H. Seki

Tax, International, Wills & Probate, Estate Planning
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Samuel Suen

Estate, Trusts, Wills & Probate, Power of Attorney
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  13 Years

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Harry Y. Oda

Wills & Probate, Estate Planning, Corporate, Business Organization
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  34 Years

C. F. Damon

Trusts, Estate, Wills
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Natasha Rani Lum

Wills & Probate, Trusts, Wills, Personal Injury
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  13 Years

Justin Adam Brackett

Reorganization, Wills & Probate, Bankruptcy
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  16 Years

Earl T. Sato

Real Estate, Civil Rights, Trusts, Wills & Probate
Status:  Inactive           Licensed:  45 Years

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LEGAL TERMS

BYPASS TRUST

A trust designed to lessen a family's overall estate tax liability. An AB trust is the most popular kind of bypass trust.

CONTINGENT BENEFICIARY

1) An alternate beneficiary named in a will, trust or other document. 2) Any person entitled to property under a will if one or more prior conditions are satisf... (more...)
1) An alternate beneficiary named in a will, trust or other document. 2) Any person entitled to property under a will if one or more prior conditions are satisfied. For example, if Fred is entitled to take property under a will only if he's married at the time of the will maker's death, Fred is a contingent beneficiary. Similarly, if Ellen is named to receive a house only in the event her mother, who has been named to live in the house, moves out of it, Ellen is a contingent beneficiary.

PERSONAL PROPERTY

All property other than land and buildings attached to land. Cars, bank accounts, wages, securities, a small business, furniture, insurance policies, jewelry, p... (more...)
All property other than land and buildings attached to land. Cars, bank accounts, wages, securities, a small business, furniture, insurance policies, jewelry, patents, pets and season baseball tickets are all examples of personal property. Personal property may also be called personal effects, movable property, goods and chattel, and personalty. Compare real estate.

ADMINISTRATRIX

An outdated term for a female administrator -- the person appointed by a court to handle probate on behalf of someone who died without a will. Now, whether male... (more...)
An outdated term for a female administrator -- the person appointed by a court to handle probate on behalf of someone who died without a will. Now, whether male or female, this person is called the administrator.

HEIR APPARENT

One who expects to be receive property from the estate of a family member, as long as she outlives that person.

BENEFICIARY

A person or organization legally entitled to receive benefits through a legal device, such as a will, trust or life insurance policy.

RESIDUARY ESTATE

The property that remains in a deceased person's estate after all specific gifts are made, and all debts, taxes, administrative fees, probate costs, and court c... (more...)
The property that remains in a deceased person's estate after all specific gifts are made, and all debts, taxes, administrative fees, probate costs, and court costs are paid. The residuary estate also includes any gifts under a will that fail or lapse. For example, Connie's will leaves her house and all its furnishings to Andrew, her VW bug to her friend Carl, and the remainder of her property (the residuary estate) to her sister Sara. She doesn't name any alternate beneficiaries. Carl dies before Connie. The VW bug becomes part of the residuary estate and passes to Sara, along with all of Connie's property other than the house and furnishings. Also called the residual estate or residue.

PROVING A WILL

Convincing a probate court that a document is truly the deceased person's will. Usually this is a simple formality that the executor or administrator easily sat... (more...)
Convincing a probate court that a document is truly the deceased person's will. Usually this is a simple formality that the executor or administrator easily satisfies by showing that the will was signed and dated by the deceased person in front of two or more witnesses. When the will is holographic -- that is, completely handwritten by the deceased and not witnessed, it is still valid in many states if the executor can produce relatives and friends to testify that the handwriting is that of the deceased.

DEATH TAXES

Taxes levied at death, based on the value of property left behind. Federal death taxes are called estate taxes. Some states levy inheritance taxes on people who... (more...)
Taxes levied at death, based on the value of property left behind. Federal death taxes are called estate taxes. Some states levy inheritance taxes on people who inherit property.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

ESTATE OF BOVEE

... Petitioner-Appellant Edward A. Smith (Smith) appeals pro se from the judgment [1] (Judgment) filed on March 9, 2011 in the Circuit Court of the First Circuit (probate court). The probate court denied two petitions (Petitions) filed pro se by Smith on October 22, 2009. ...

IN THE MATTER OF THOMPSON

... 2007) and Rule 34 of the Hawai`i Probate Rules (HPR). HRS § 641-1(a) (1993 & Supp. ... 2007). HPR Rule 34 generally requires the probate court to reduce an order to a separate judgment as a prerequisite for appealability: RULE 34. ...

IN RE GUARDIANSHIP OF FY

... 2008) and Rule 34 of the Hawai`i Probate Rules (HPR). ... provided by the rules of the court." HRS § 641-1(c). HPR Rule 34 generally requires the probate court to reduce an order to a separate judgment as a prerequisite for appealability: RULE 34. ...