From left to right: Sofia Hirosane McGuire, Jamie Young, Michael D. Rudy, Paul A.C. Higa, Cheryl R. Ng and Stacey Ota.
Our attorneys in the Trust & Estate Litigation division have the expertise and legal skills to handle complex cases in various areas, including transfer taxation issues, estate planning, probate and trust litigation, estate administration, litigated conservatorships and guardianships, business and real property disputes.
Estate and trust litigation may involve legal and equitable disputes with respect to the validity of a will, trust or other estate planning document based on fraud, undue influence, or lack of testamentary capacity. Additionally, estate and trust litigation may also include defending or litigating against beneficiaries, trustees, personal representatives, and other parties in cases that involve breach of fiduciary duty, self-dealing, attacks on the validity of estate planning documents, the interpretation and/or construction of wills and trusts, creditor’s claims, asset disputes, and various other disputes that may arise in relation to testamentary and inter vivos transfers.
We provide legal services to our clients in both State and Federal Courts in the State of Hawaii and, in other special circumstances, other states on the mainland. Our attorneys are licensed to practice law in Hawaii and Massachusetts, and have successfully litigated in other states on a pro hac vice basis.
We successfully litigated many high profile, complex matters involving some of Hawaii’s largest landholding trusts for clients at a cost-effective rate with successful results. We also are one of the few law firms in Hawaii and on the Mainland providing legal services to trust and estate clients on a contingency basis, depending on the facts and circumstances of the particular case.
We may provide different paths for our clients to consider in finding a resolution to particular legal issues raised, utilizing common sense and practical economic approaches to both routine and complex legal issues alike.