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Legal Fees

INITIAL CONSULTATION

Your initial consultation is your opportunity to determine if we can provide the type of estate planning services you are interested in and to discuss fees.  The first step is to call and schedule your initial consultation. The initial consultation is your first appointment at our office. During the initial consultation we will discuss your estate needs and the type of estate documents that you are interested in having reviewed or created.  We will come to a mutual decision as to whether our office will represent you as your attorney for your estate planning needs.  If we cannot provide the legal assistance you need, we will make every effort to refer you to someone who can. During the initial consultation we will discuss a variety of topics, including legal questions you may have and the legal fees that will be associated with your case. If we agree to representation, you will be sent an engagement letter that summarizes our meeting, the services to be provided, and the legal fees and payment we discussed.  The first 30 minutes of your initial consultation is free.  After the first 30 minutes, you will be charged at the hourly billing rate.

HOURLY FEE
Many estate planning documents are best billed at an hourly rate. It is often impossible to know exactly how long it will create the exact will, trust, or other document that will meet your needs.   Often, there will be several revisions of a document until you are satisfied that it exactly expresses your wishes.  If we agree to hourly legal fees, you are only charged for the exact amount of time I spend on your case to the nearest 1/10 of an hour (6 minute) increment times my hourly rate.

FIXED FEE
Some estate documents such as a simple will, healthcare directive, or power of attorney can be billed on a fixed fee rate.  If a fixed fee is available for the legal matter in question, you will be informed of the fixed fee.  The fixed fee is charged no matter how much time is spent on the fixed fee matter.

FILE ESTABLISHMENT FEE
New clients are charged a one-time file establishment fee of $50.00 to cover the cost of the set-up of your client file in the office and on the computer systems, office supplies necessary to create your documents, postage, and other office costs. 

NOTARY FEES

There is a $5.00 charge for each document notarized.


PREPAYMENT, RETAINERS, HAWAII GET, AND BILLING STATEMENTS
The way that you pay your legal fees will depend on the fee arrangement and type of legal matter. If we agree to an hourly billing rate, you will be asked to provide a retainer payment before legal services begin. This retainer is placed into a client trust account and legal fees are withdrawn from the account when billed. If your legal matter is completed and funds remain, they are promtly refunded to you. If the initial retainer is used before your legal matter is completed, you will be asked to provide an additional retainer for continued legal work. Clients are required to pre-pay 50% of the fees for fixed fee matters and pay the remainder upon completion of the work. 

All legal services in Hawaii are subject to the Hawaii General Excise Tax (GET). The current GET tax rate is 4.166%. Your bill for legal services will show this this additional tax amount on all amounts billed.

All clients receive a detailed billing at the completion of estate planning services. Clients are encouraged to contact the office concerning any billing questions.