In Hawaii probate matters are handled by the circuit court, as Hawaii does not have a probate court. Hawaii probate attorneys are still used, however, to move an estate through the probate process. And where can you find a qualified attorney to handle your probate needs in Hawaii? Try Legal Match.
It does not matter if you live in Honolulu or Hilo or anywhere else on the Islands, the state laws regarding probate are all the same. Probate laws are written and carried out on a state government level, and they are all different.
There are some matters of probate that can be done without an attorney, for these there are forms available at Legal Zoom. It may still be a good idea to have this paperwork looked at by an attorney before filing. Small mistakes could wind up costing considerable amounts of time and money.
It is also very common for probate lawyers to help you with your estate planning. Having every thing in order, with a current will, is a great way to pass on your estate. It will then be an easy process for your attorney to guide your estate through the Hawaii Circuit Court.
There is another advantage to starting your estate planning early in life. Not only will you have your affairs in order at all times in case of a tragic accident, by working with a professional you will learn the value of solid financial planning. A financial plan, started early in life, should provide for your and your family during your life and after.
A Hawaii probate attorney, after examining your current financial situation, may suggest different ways of avoiding probate altogether. Living trust are just one way being used effectively to avoid the expense and time spent in probate.
If you can get a personal recommendation for a Hawaii probate attorney, that's a good place to start. It is also helpful to interview several candidates. You will not only want reasonable fees, explained upfront, it is also nice to find an attorney that is genuinely interested in you and your family. Legal Match can help you find probate attorneys all over the Hawaiian Islands.
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