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Meg Ellen Obenauf

Estate planning Attorney at Wailuku, HI

5.0   39 reviews

also known as Meg

  • State Years
    Hawaii - HI 25 years
    Massachusetts - MA 24 years
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State HI
    Acquired 1998
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State MA
    Acquired 2000
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

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About Meg

Learn Meg’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    50%
    This includes Trust, Will, and Power of Attorney plans.

  2. Probate
    25%

  3. Guardianship
    15%
    This includes Guardianships and Conservatorships for adults and minors.

  4. Elder law
    10%

Meg Obenauf is an attorney and the founder of Obenauf Law Group. She strives to help families pass on their wealth simply, without conflict, drama, or taxes. Meg helps parents of minor children create plans so that your keiki are never out of the hands of your loved ones, even for a moment, if the unthinkable should occur. She also consults with seniors and their families to protect their money and property from the ravages of nursing home and long-term care costs.

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Location

Obenauf Law Group
1930 E Vineyard St
Wailuku, HI, 96793

Reviews

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Posted by Michael | May 27, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Trusted Lawyer to do your rust
She is knowledgeable & professional; ability to explain complex law terms simply. She answers questions & concerns with care. She is just a nice person. She has the support of a capable staff. We recommend this lady-lawyer.
Posted by Jenean | February 11, 2021
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Exceptional law group for estate planning
We used Obenauf law for our estate planning during the covid pandemic. It was a pleasure working with Meg and her staff especially because they were all knowledgeable, professional, and kind. It was a pretty easy process and they explained things in layman’s terms. Convenient as everything was through zoom. Would recommend Obenauf law group for estate planning! Happy and satisfied client. Thank you!
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Posted by Dale | September 25, 2020
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Knowledgeable Estate Planning
I've know Meg for twenty years. She is trustworthy, responsive, and very knowledgeable. I rely on her for sound advice. Very kind and caring. Her staff was equally respectful, caring and kind. I felt like I was in good hands.
Posted by Wade | August 25, 2020
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The best!
Meg and her team flawlessly completed my estate planning during this Covid-19 pandemic. They completed my paperwork very quickly and did "Zoom" meetings to go over the paperwork. The team is professional, trustworthy and knowledgeable. Highly recommended!
Posted by Gretchen | May 9, 2020
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Meg and her team are awesome!
I have known and worked with Meg for 20 years now. We have grown up together a bit in Maui and now I can confidently say she is THE BEST estate planning attorney here. I am so thankful for her guidance with our own very complicated estate, and her willingness to customize according to our whimsical requests!
Posted by anonymous | April 9, 2020
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Great Service!
Meg was honest and recommended what I needed to give me peace of mind for the future of my heirs. It was so simple, and now I feel confident that I have my intentions set. No worries for the family in the future!
Posted by Gary | February 24, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent
I've been executor of an estate without a trust and I can assure you that it's worth every penny to set one up. You couldn't find a better firm than this one. Not only professional and knowledgeable, but friendly as well. They made the task I had been putting off, easy and enjoyable.
Posted by anonymous | February 22, 2020
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Great service and vibe
Meg Obenauf and her team was great to work with. They redid our trusts from another state, now that we live permanently in Hawaii. They were very professional and personable with us. Everything was explained and completed efficiently. We felt their communication and responsiveness to questions where unfailing. Mahalo for your knowledge and helpfulness!
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Posted by Sandra | January 29, 2020
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Exceptional
We needed a will. After discussion, we had our will written and Meg did not sell us anymore than needed. She had the forethought to determine future needs. Her professionalism and friendliness was a great asset in completing the document to meet our needs. In addition, the cost was much lower than others wanted to charge with the same service.
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Posted by Allen | December 27, 2019
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Just what I needed
Meg was so professional and understanding of my personal situation. Her legal advice was right on. The estate planning went smoothly and I feel so relieved that I have taken care of my wife and family with instructions and legal documents. Her staff especially Dani was fantastic and made sure I was completely satisfied. Everything they did for me was well worth the money.
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Posted by Lauranne | December 4, 2019
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Estate Planning
Meg led me through a difficult and challenging process. She was patient and understanding. She was specific about clarifying what my Estate Plan needed for the future protection of my heirs inheritance. She gave me confidence that if in the event of an untimely death my children would have a process in place they could follow with her assistance. I feel relieved that my affairs are in order and I can now be without the stress of worrying. Thank you so much for all your help!
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Posted by Greg | October 21, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Estate Planning
We worked with Meg and her talented team to establish a revocable living trust as part of our estate plan. Meg offered tangible, professional and quite timely advice which made the entire process seemless and enjoyable. First rate and first class!! Best on Maui.
Posted by Joyce | August 26, 2019
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Awesome
Meg and her staff worked very efficiently and down to the finer details to make sure my Trust would be suited for me starting now to the end. Not knowing what to expect and how it all worked...I now have peace of mind. Thank you Meg and thank you to your staff.
Posted by Tiffany | August 24, 2019
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Highly recommend!
I used Obenauf Law Group to do all my estate planning and set up a Trust. Meg is extremely knowledgeable and very pleasant to work with. The office staff are all very friendly, efficient and readily available to answer any questions. I like that they charged me by the project, not by the hour. I felt like I could take my time and ask lots of questions without racking up additional charges. I am very happy with the work Meg and her associates did for me. I highly recommend Obenauf Law Group.
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Posted by Michael | July 23, 2019
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Amazing Service and Compassion for her Clients
We had been referred to Meg and her staff from some friends. I also attended one of her seminars. We presented all our existing legal documents expecting all would have to be redone. The surprise for us was she had no problem with most of our documents. We redid a few, kept some the same and created some new ones based on how the deed was set on our home. Has been a pleasure to work with the whole staff. She referred me a client as a business consultant and I will certainly do the same back. Highly recommend Meg and her associates.
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Posted by April | April 4, 2019
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Amazing Trust Attorney!! Highly recommend! She is knowledgeable and very easy to understand!
One word, AMAZING! I attended one of Obenauf Law Group's Estate Planning Seminars and was very impressed by the knowledge and easy of the delivery of content by Meg and her staff. My husband and I later met with Meg and Dani and ended up having our Trust set up by them. Our situation had a lot of moving parts and specifics that needed be listed in our Trust. Meg and Dani met with us several times, presented options and really educated us on the entire Trust process and how to put our wishes into the Trust. We are extremely satisfied with the services provided by Obenauf Law Group. I have already recommended several family members, close friends and clients to Meg and they all have very similar experiences. If you are looking for a Trust Attorney who will sit down, listen to your needs, answer your questions and that you will feel comfortable with when the entire process is over, Meg and her staff are the ones for you!
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Posted by Jared | January 11, 2019
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Great experience setting up our Living Trust
Obenauf Law Group did a fantastic job helping my wife and I convert our will into a Living Trust. With a few short interviews we were presented with all the necessary paperwork. The process was easy and friendly and Meg and her team are highly recommended! We left the experience with a feeling of satisfaction knowing we and our children will be taken care of.
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Posted by Kathy | January 6, 2019
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Professional and Personable Meg Obenauf Highly Recommended
My husband and I made the step to put our "upon death affairs" in order. I read many positive reviews about Obenauf Law Group who did an amazing job taking us through the process. Each team member was extremely polite and professional every time we connected. I bombarded them with questions and never once felt like I was being a "pest." They wanted me to understand it all and were always happy to help me do just that. (I paid a flat rate so all communications were included.) They have the timeline down. There are so many details and legalities involved that I have shared with others. Getting these affairs together is a very important part of life. I have and will continue to refer others to the Obenauf Law Group for making the task an easy one. Take the first step and call. You'll be happy you did!!
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Posted by Maria | November 27, 2018
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I learned so much from Meg and her team!
Meg was recommended to us by a good friend. We needed estate planning and it was A LOT to think about and get organized...I had NO idea. Meg and her team are on it to make it as painless as possible. I am relieved to have this taken care of for my family's future. I would highly recommend her.
Posted by Sharon | July 31, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Meg Obenauf made it easy
A friend of mine recommended Meg Obenauf to me to draw up end of life papers, such as: a new will, durable power of attorney, etc. She also assisted me to set up a Family Trust. Meg was easy to work with. She explained everything in terms I could understand. She kept me informed on the process. Her staff were friendly and I felt supported by all. I received all my papers and Trust in a timely manner. It's nice to know you can trust someone with all your important legal things, and I would highly recommend Meg Obenauf to you.
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AVVO RATING 7.7 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • President
  • Obenauf Law Group
  • 2003 - Present
  • Supervising Attorney
  • Domestic Violence Clearinghouse & Legal Hotline
  • 2001 - 2003
  • Staff Attorney
  • Domestic Violence Clearinghouse & Legal Hotline
  • 2001 - 2001
  • Clinical Teaching Fellow
  • Northeastern University School of Law
  • 1999 - 2001
  • Attorney
  • Legal Aid Society Of Hawaii
  • 1998 - 1999
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Education

  • Harvard Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • University of Illinois
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1995

Associations

  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Hale Makua Health Services
  • Director
  • 2014 - Present
  • Haleakala Waldorf School
  • Director/Board Secretary
  • 2013 - Present
  • Maui Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Harvard Club of Maui
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • ElderCounsel
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Elder Law Section, Hawaii State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • The Rotary Club of Kahului
  • Member/Community Service Chair
  • 2010 - Present
  • Probate and Estate Planning Section, Hawaii State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • WealthCounsel
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Hawaii State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Maui County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Professional Advisor in Philanthropy Award
  • Hawaii Community Foundation
  • 2018
  • Forty under 40
  • Pacific Business News
  • 2012
  • Spirit Award
  • Rotary District 5000
  • 2011
  • Irving R. Kaufman Public Service Fellowship
  • Harvard Law School
  • 1999
  • Edith Fine Fellowship
  • Harvard Law School
  • 1998
  • Irving R. Kaufman Public Service Fellowship
  • Harvard Law School
  • 1998
  • Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa
  • University of Illinois
  • 1995
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Publications

  • UCLA Women's Law Journal
  • The Isolation Abyss: A Case Against Mandatory Prosection
  • 1999
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Speaking Engagements

  • Kaunoa Webinar
  • What is involved in probating an estate—and how to avoid it
  • 2022
  • Kaunoa Webinar
  • What is involved in probating an estate—and how to avoid it
  • 2021
  • Kaunoa Webinar
  • Medicaid and the Cost of Long Term Care
  • 2021
  • Succession Planning Resource Fair
  • The Top Ten Farm Succession Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
  • 2017
  • Kaunoa Senior Center
  • What Every Trustee Must Know
  • 2016
  • Hale Makua Health Services
  • What Nursing Home Employees Need to Know About Elder Law
  • 2016
  • Kaunoa Senior Center
  • Long Term Care
  • 2015
  • Kaunoa Senior Center
  • Digital Assets in Estate Planning
  • 2015
  • Trusts and Estates Boot Camp for CPAs, Financial Advisors, and Insurance Agents
  • Trusts and Estates Boot Camp for Advisors
  • 2014
  • Maui County Family Law Bench Bar
  • Estate Planning Essentials for Divorce Attorneys
  • 2014
  • University of Hawaii, Maui, Outreach College
  • Estate Planning
  • 2013
  • Trusts and Estates Boot Camp for CPAs, Financial Advisors, and Insurance Agents
  • Trusts and Estates Boot Camp for Advisors
  • 2013
  • Rotary Club of Maui
  • Ten Estate Planning Mistakes
  • 2013
  • Morgan Stanley Client Luncheon
  • Veteran's Benefits
  • 2013
  • University of Hawaii, Maui, Outreach College
  • Estate Planning
  • 2012
  • Rotary Club of Kahului
  • Ten Estate Planning Mistakes
  • 2012
  • The Maui Breakfast Club, KNUI AM 900
  • Nine Steps to Name Guardians for Your Keiki
  • 2011
  • Realtors Association of Maui
  • Protecting Your Real Property
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (4)
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Estate planning Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Meg is smart, experienced, straight-forward, and exhibits great professionalism. She is devoted to her clients and very perceptive about clients' unique needs. I have no reservation whatsoever in recommending her."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Meg does a wonderful job helping clients prepare a plan that will work to protect them and their family. She's a great listener and she is a truly caring person. I recommend her to anyone who needs an estate planning or elder law attorney."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Meg for several years. She is an excellent lawyer and is diligent and concerned for her clients. I would recommend Meg highly & without reservation."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Meg's charismatic and warm personality makes a seemingly daunting task of meeting with an attorney a pleasure. I highly recommend Meg for your estate planning and elder law needs."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Meg Obenauf is smart, hard working, and well prepared. She provides creative and intelligent business and estate planning solutions for her clients."
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Wailuku Estate planning Lawyer Meg Ellen Obenauf
Meg Ellen Obenauf
Estate planning Attorney
Wailuku, HI
Licensed for 25 years