Serving Hawaii Clients in Trust and Estate Litigation
When you need comprehensive, sophisticated counsel regarding estate and trust litigation, our team is here to assist you.
We handle a broad range of trust and estate litigation issues, including:
- Breach of fiduciary duty
- Undue influence
- Medicaid benefit denials
- Trustee liability
- Beneficiary rights
- Will contests
- Guardianship proceedings
- Probate suits
To save our clients time and money, we use alternative dispute resolution whenever possible. As a successful litigation firm, we also fiercely advocate for our clients when court appearances become necessary.
Common Sources of Estate Litigation in Hawaii
The unique culture and limited opportunities to own real estate in Hawai’i often become the main source of disputes when attempting to settle an estate. Situations that often result in disputes and litigation include:
- Hawaii residents tend to carry more life insurance than people on the mainland and are targets for financial fraud.
- The list of beneficiaries in a will or trust is out of date.
- The legal documents were drafted incorrectly.
- Many homes have multiple generations under the same roof, leading to disputes when wills and trusts don’t include all occupants.
- Many decedents move to Hawaii after retirement and their heirs are difficult to find.
At Ronald T. Ogomori Attorney at Law, A Law Corporation, we have handled these issues and many others. No matter how complex your case is, we feel confident in our ability to resolve it.
Medicaid Benefit Denials: How We Can Help
One of the greatest threats to any estate is the cost of nursing homes. Hawai’i consistently ranks in the top five most expensive states for nursing home care. Most facilities charge $10,000 a month or more, meaning more than $120,000 a year. With the average stay of about two-and-a-half years, that’s a potential cost of well over $300,000. This money is taken directly from your assets until you are no longer able to pay. Many people who are initially denied Medicaid simply start spending down their assets until they qualify.
If you were denied Medicaid benefits, don’t give up. There are ways to appeal your benefits denial. The laws surrounding gifting money and spending down assets are complex, but we can help you put together a strategic plan that will allow you to protect some of your assets while still qualifying to receive Medicaid and other health care benefits.
Reach Out to Discuss Our Litigation Services
We at 808-695-4240, are here to help you with the numerous legal issues arising from estate and trust disputes. Contact our Honolulu office to discuss your situation in an initial consultation. To reach us, simply call 808-796-5646 or send our office an email.