Hawaii- Erica Flores



1)  Haw.Rev.Stat. § 560:2- 102 (2013) issues the Hawaii intestacy laws for descents and distribution

A) If a decedent is survived by a spouse and issue:
In Hawaii, if the decedent died leaving behind their children (issue) or other descendants from him and the surviving spouse, and the surviving spouse has no descendants from previous relationships. Then the surviving spouse inherits everything. Haw.Rev.Stat. § 560:2- 102 (2013)
An Exception:
If the decedent is survived by their issue who are not the descendants of the surviving spouse. The spouse will inherits $100,000 of the intestate property plus 1/2 of the balance.

On the other hand in New York State, If an individual dies intestate and leaves behind a surviving spouse and issue, the surviving spouse’s intestate share is fifty thousand dollars and one-half of the remainder of the estate. The issue share equal parts of the remainder of the estate by representation.  N.Y EST. POWERS & TRUSTS §4-1.1 (a)(1)
B) If a decedent is survived by a spouse and no issue:
In Hawaii, An intestate estate is first distributed entirely to the surviving spouse, if the decedent left no surviving issue or parents. Haw.Rev.Stat. § 560:2- 102 (2013)

Similarly, in New York intestacy law, If survived by a spouse and no issue, the entire intestate estate will go to the spouse.  N.Y EST. POWERS & TRUSTS §4-1.1 (a)(2)
C) If a decedent is survived by no spouse and no issue:
In Hawaii, When a decedent is survived by one or both parents and no children or spouse, then both parents inherit an equal share of the intestate estate or the sole surviving parent inherits the entire intestate estate.

New York intestacy law, follows the same procedure, If no spouse or issue, the estate goes to the surviving parents of the decedent (50% to each or if only one surviving parent, all to the decedent’s surviving parent). N.Y EST. POWERS & TRUSTS §4-1.1 (a)(4)

In Hawaii, the age requirement in order for a testator to make a will is eighteen years old and must be of sound mind.  Haw. Rev. Stat. Ann. §560:2-501 (2013)
Same applies, In New York State an individual of 18 yrs of age or older who has sound mind and memory can make a will. (EPTL §3-1.1)
In Hawaii, in order to duly execute a will, the will must be in writing, signed by the testator and by at least two witnesses.  If the testator cannot physically sign his name he may direct another party to do so. This party may not be one of the witnesses.  The witnesses must sign within a reasonable time after witnessing the testator sign the will, acknowledge the signature, or acknowledge the will itself . Haw. Rev. Stat. Ann. §560:2-502 (2013)
Meanwhile in New York State in order to duly execute a will, the testator must sign in presence of at least two witnesses. Although, three witness are recommended. N.Y EST. POWERS & TRUSTS § 3-2.1(a)(4).


QUESTION 4. In Hawaii state, the most populated city is called Honolulu city (with a population of an estimation of 991,788 based on the U.S census quick facts page
Sterling & Tucker LLP, is a law firm that was founded in 1857, it consist of a well known Trusts and Estates practice established in Honolulu.  From the beginning my reaction towards this website was very surprising because the information and outline of the webpage captured my attention, as they seem to be very assisting. to help the needs of people.

QUESTION 5. Uyetake, Uyetake & Associates,inc. is a real estate appraisal company founded in 1983 and as well situated in Honolulu city. They are one of Oahu’s oldest and most respected residential real estate appraisal firms. I was impressed by well define structure of the designs, images, and information on this website because everything gave me the quick impression of a well effective appraisal company.

QUESTION 6. The Hawaii State First Circuit Court probate wills in Honolulu County. The address of this courthouse is Ka`ahumanu Hale 777 Punchbowl Street Honolulu HI 96813 – 5093.


Ka`ahumanu Hale 777 Punchbowl Street Honolulu HI 96813 – 5093

QUESTION 7. Any student who desires and or wants to earn an associate degree in paralegal studies would do good to earn a degree from Kapiʻolani Community College . Its Department of Law and Paralegal Studies is ABA-approved since 1978. Full time students who are residents pay tuition of “$2,736 year ($1,368 semester) full-time/12 credits or $114 per credit.“

Kapi’ olani  Estates Planing and Probate course is carefully describe in its School website as “This course cover the principles and primary forms utilized in estate planning and probate in the State of Hawai’i. Coverage includes testate and intestate succession, wills, trusts, probate, and estate administration.” as well as it “trains the student in the principles and primary forms utilized in estate planning and probate in the State of Hawaii. Coverage includes testate and intestate succession, wills, trusts, and probate.” The course outline is available through this link attached .


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