James L. Starshak, Attorney

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Mental Health, Trusts, Estate Planning, Employment, General Practice


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James Starshak is a partner in the firm's Honolulu office and is a member of the Tax, Estate Planning & Wealth Management practice group. He concentrates his practice on tax, trusts, and estate planning, with an emphasis on the formation of qualified pension plans and estate planning for individuals with substantial amounts held in Individual Retirement Accounts and Qualified Plans. He has also served on several boards and committees for the Hawaii State Bar Association, the Hawaii Estate Planning Council, and the University of Hawaii. 

Mr. Starshak was selected by attorney peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2010, for Employee Benefits Law, for Non-Profit/Charities Law, and for Trusts and Estates.

Representative Matters

Corporate Performed documentation and restructuring of capital for the redemption of a deceased partner for a twenty-attorney law firm. Organize real estate spin offs from closely held corporations to its shareholders in a tax advantageous manner. Revised the retirement program, analyzed the financial impact for the majority stockholders and the compensation and retirement benefits impacts. Developed succession plans for small business to transfer ownership from one generation to another; negotiated and prepared the documentation for the sale of medical and dental practices as well as other businesses.

Estate Planning Formed a family limited partnership and grantor retained annuity trust to use valuation and actuarial discounts to reduce taxable gifts. Used tax defective grantor trusts to reduce the taxable estate of the client while not decreasing the cash flow. Created trusts that transferred personal residences to children and discounted values for estate and gift tax purposes. Mr. Starshak also assists clients in retirement planning including cash flow analysis and debt restructuring.

Charitable Trusts Established charitable trusts that avoid the gain on the sale of appreciated property and increase the income stream to the client.

Qualified Plans Established defined benefit pension plans, money purchase pension plans, profit sharing plans including cross tested and age weighted arrangements, and Section 401(k) plans for hundreds of small and large businesses. Used expertise in analyzing the clients' retirement needs while balancing the existing cash flow requirements and costs to provide maximum benefit.

Tax Prepared tax deferred sales of real property, both forward and reverse exchanges.

Prior Work Experience

  • Internal Revenue Service, Tax Attorney

Publications/Speeches

  • Mr. Starshak is the co-author of several publications on Hawaii probate, trusts, and estate planning laws and has been an instructor and lecturer at Hawaii universities and professional associations.

Distinctions

  • Highest "AV" Professional Rating, Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • Selected by attorney peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2010 in the fields of Employee Benefits Law, Non-Profit/Charities Law and Trusts and Estates
  • Selected by attorney peers for inclusion in Hawaii Super Lawyers, 2008, Employment Benefits/ERISA, Washington Law & Politics

Affiliations

  • Hawaii State Bar Association, Taxation Section, Estate and Gift Tax Committee
  • Hawaii Estate Planning Council
  • American Bar Association, Taxation Section
  • Hawaii Chamber of Commerce, Tax Advisory Committee

 

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Asb Tower, Suite 2200
Honolulu, HI 96813
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