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Richard J. Sakoda is a partner in the law firm of Sterling & Tucker. He received his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington and his Juris Doctor degree from the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii.

Mr. Sakoda was admitted to practice before all Hawaii state courts and the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii in 1992. His private practice has focused in the area of estate planning, disability planning, trusts and probate.

He is a member of the American Bar Association ("ABA"), the Hawaii State Bar Association ("HSBA"), the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the ABA, the Probate and Estate Planning Section of the HSBA, and the Elder Law Section of the HSBA. Mr. Sakoda also served on the HIPAA Sub-Committee, a joint sub-committee created by the Elder Law Section and the Probate and Estate Planning Section of the HSBA. The HIPAA Sub-Committee addressed issues related to the protection and release of protected health information under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”).

Mr. Sakoda is a frequent participant on Legal-Line (formerly Ask-A-Lawyer), for which he received an Outstanding Volunteer Award in 1998. He contributed an article on "Inheritance, Wills and Trusts" for the Hawaii Women Lawyers 1996 publication Our Rights,Our Lives: A Guide To Women's Legal Rights in Hawaii.


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Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 85%
    24 years
  2. Probate: 15%
    24 years

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  • Michelle Heidi Tucker

    Professional and skillful. Handles complex probate cases, with quality and ease.


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    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Michelle P. Biddinger

    I endorse this lawyer. They are an expert in the field of estate planning.


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    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Sterling & Tucker, LLP

201 Merchant Street
Suite 950
Honolulu, HI, 96813


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Outstanding Volunteer AwardLegal-Line1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Partner/Attorney at LawSterling & Tucker, LLP1996 - Present
Attorney at LawLaw Offices of Rowen N. Young1993 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMember2006 - Present
American Academy of Estate Planning AttorneysMember1996 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present
Hawaii State Bar AssociationMember1992 - Present
Hawaii State Bar Association, Elder Law SectionMember1992 - Present
Hawaii State Bar Association, Probate and Estate Planning SectionMember1992 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Hawaii Women Lawyers Our Rights, Our Lives: A Guide To Women's Legal Rights in Hawaii."Inheritance, Wills and Trusts"1996
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Hawaii at Manoa - William S. Richardson School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
University of WashingtonBusiness AdministrationBA - Bachelor of Arts1987