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Agreement of Sale (August 2013)

AGREEMENT OF SALE By  Ethan R. Okura   We all know that we had a recent real estate boom and bust cycle.  From the early 2000s until around 2007 or 2008 the real estate market was going gangbusters. Prices were rising, and a lot of transactions were taking...

How To Title Real Estate: LLC, Revocable Trust, Personal Name? (July 2013)

HOW TO TITLE REAL ESTATE: LLC, Revocable Trust, Personal Name? By Ethan R. Okura For many people—especially in Hawaii—real estate is the most valuable investment they own and the largest part of their estate.  There is so much advice and mis-information floating...

How Does Income Tax Work With My Trust? (June 2013)

HOW DOES INCOME TAX WORK WITH MY TRUST? By  Ethan R. Okura Last month after writing my article on Medicaid planning techniques, we received a message from a concerned client who is worried about higher income tax rates, the new 3.8% Medicare (sometimes called...
Creative Medicaid Spend Down Techniques (May 2013)

Creative Medicaid Spend Down Techniques (May 2013)

As you are probably well aware, my father, Sanford K. Okura, and I have both written extensively on qualifying for Medicaid to pay for long term care costs while protecting your assets from nursing home costs.  Our law practice focuses on this problem as a key...

Asset Protection – Part 2 (April 2013)

ASSET PROTECTION – Part 2 By Ethan R. Okura   Last month, we started talking about asset protection. We discussed what it is, why it’s necessary to protect ourselves in our country, and how having multiple layers of defense is the best approach. ...

Asset Protection – Part 1 (March 2013)

ASSET PROTECTION – Part 1 By Ethan R. Okura             Today I want to talk about Asset Protection.  What is Asset Protection?  Asset Protection is creating and implementing a plan to protect your...

2013 Estate Planning Update (February 2013)

2013 ESTATE PLANNING UPDATE By Ethan R. Okura             Here is a 2013 update on important numbers used in Estate Planning and Medicaid Planning in Hawaii. How much money and property can a person have at death without paying estate taxes? As I mentioned in last...

New Law: Saved from the Fiscal Cliff? (January 2013)

NEW LAW: SAVED FROM THE FISCAL CLIFF? By Ethan R. Okura As you may know, President Obama cut short his vacation in Hawaii to return to Washington D.C. and deal with the problem of the fiscal cliff. For those of you who weren’t aware, the fiscal cliff refers...

Tenants by the Entirety Protection Available in Trust (Dec 2012)

NEW LAW: TENANTS BY THE ENTIRETY PROTECTION AVAILABLE IN TRUST By Ethan R. Okura Hawaii has a new law which allows married couples or reciprocal beneficiaries who hold real property as tenants by the entirety to transfer their real estate to revocable trusts...

QUESTION: Will a Revocable Living Trust protect my assets from lawsuits? (Sep 2012)

ANSWER:      Ethan R. Okura, Attorney Specializing in Estate Planning (Trusts, Wills, Medicaid Planning & Probate).  No, a revocable living trust will not protect your assets from lawsuits.  You can cancel your revocable trust...