Industry Focus: Estate Planning, Asset Enhancement, Kids Protection Planning, Special Needs Planning, Asset Protection, Estate Tax Protection, Pet Trusts
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Being prepared for one's eventual death or incapacity is crucial. One or the other will definitely happen. It's just a matter of when. Since we don't have a crystal ball to predict when that will happen, it's paramount to get prepared now. The advance planning you do today can make your life easier and more enjoyable in the event of incapacitation and make the lives of your loved ones easier and more enjoyable at your death. If you don't plan, it's the exact opposite.
I'm not trying to scare you, but if you are scared, it might be because you're worried about not planning and what would happen to you or your loved ones, or maybe you've heard countless horror stories from people you know. But the truth is, it is scary not to plan.
I know I was scared when my mom became suddenly incapacitated at 52. She didn't do any advance planning probably like a lot of people because she was so busy, was relatively young, and didn't have much in the way of assets.
When she became incapacitated, she required 24-hour care and our family fell apart. It's been years since my mom became incapacitated and I'm still dealing with the effects of her not planning even today. So I speak from experience when I say that planning is critical for the quality of life that you want if you become incapacitated and for saving your family money, stress, and heartache.
In light of my own experience, I want to educate other Hawaii families not only on the importance of planning, but on how to do it right so that their plan actually works when they need it the most. This is why I recommend working with an estate planning attorney like me. You've got too much to lose to gamble with cheaper alternatives and the money you spend now to work with me will typically be far less than what it would cost you if you don't plan or if your plan fails to work correctly. Working with an estate planning attorney like me is actually the less expensive option in the long run. And, that's what it's about...the long run. I hope you have a long healthy life ahead of you, but if not, you'll be prepared.
I was born and raised in Hawaii. I graduated from the University of Hawaii before earning both my Juris Doctor (J.D.) and Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) at the University of San Francisco. I have experience in the government sector as a session attorney at the Hawaii Legislature where I researched and drafted proposed laws for the House Committee on Judiciary as well as reviewed and researched proposed laws for the Senate Committee on Judiciary. I practiced law before various judges in Hawaii's Circuit Courts before opening my firm focusing on estate planning.
Finally, I'm a member of the American Bar Association's Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section and the Hawaii State Bar Association's Probate and Estate Section.
The Law Office of Keoni Souza is an estate & legal life planning law firm in Honolulu, Hawaii, that not only offers general estate planning services such as wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and advance health care directives (living wills), but it also offers unique services for families.
For example, every plan for families with minor children include unique extra protections such as the Kids Protection Plan® that will help to ensure your children will never be placed in the care of strangers (Foster Care) or with the one person you'd never want caring for them should you get into an accident or something else bad happens to you. The firm is honored to be one of the few firms in Hawaii and in the country that provides this service. If you want the very best protection for your children beyond traditional estate plans, look no further.
The firm also includes a Legacy Planning Session with all plans so you can pass on more than your money including your stories, values, and everything that makes you, well you. These are the things that your loved ones will cherish the most and the things that are most often lost by traditional estate planning.
Additionally, the firm offers a complimentary review of your estate plan every three years so you can be assured that your plan is up-to-date and will continue to work as intended when you need it the most.