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What is a Life Well-Lived?

During the past two and a half months of lockdown, I’ve had a fair amount of time while walking the neighborhood or taking breaks from working at home to ponder life, and I’ve come to some interesting realizations. Here in Hawaii we’ve been fortunate...
THE SECURE ACT: Big Changes to IRA and 401k Rules

THE SECURE ACT: Big Changes to IRA and 401k Rules

On December 20, 2019, the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act was signed into law by President Trump. The SECURE Act makes some really big changes to the way that retirement accounts must be distributed—especially after the original...

2020 ESTATE PLANNING UPDATE

2020 ESTATE PLANNING UPDATE By Ethan R. Okura Happy New Year!  Here is the 2020 update on important numbers used in Estate Planning and Medicaid Planning in Hawaii. How much money and property can one have at death without paying estate taxes? At the end of 2017,...

INTERNATIONAL ESTATE PLANNING: NON-CITIZEN SPOUSE

Last month I wrote my column on the basics of International Estate Planning. I explained the definitions of US Citizen, Non-resident Alien, and Resident Alien. The definition of a Resident Alien is different for Income Tax purposes than it is for Gift and Estate Tax...
INTERNATIONAL ESTATE PLANNING

INTERNATIONAL ESTATE PLANNING

The world today is increasingly interconnected. Global travel is commonplace these days, as is moving to another country for work or other opportunities. International marriages are also more commonplace. So, what do these facts have to do with estate planning? All of...