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Scott A. Makuakane

Estate planning Attorney at Honolulu, HI

5.0   1 review
  • Licensed for 40 years
    State HI
    Acquired 1983
    Active No misconduct found

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SCOTT MAKUAKANE is a lawyer whose practice emphasizes estate planning, elder care, and trust law.  He is a graduate of Ka`u High School (1975), Duke University (cum laude 1979), and the University of Hawaii School of Law (1983), where he sat on the editorial board of the University of Hawaii Law Review.  He has been rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell since 1993.  Scott is past president of the Probate and Estate Planning and Elder Law Sections of the Hawaii State Bar Association, past president of the Financial Planning Association of Hawaii, and past president of the board of trustees of the Foundation of the Rotary Club of Honolulu.  He is a regular contributor to Generations magazine and hosts Malama Kupuna, a weekly television show dedicated to elder care.  Scott recently co-authored Bloopers in Estate Planning and Elder Law, as well as Amazon best-seller Lawyer Up!  He lives in Kailua, Hawaii with his wife of 34 years and their 14-year-old son, and serves as an elder at First Presbyterian Church of Honolulu at Ko`olau.

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Est8Planning Counsel LLLC
1100 Alakea St., Suite 2424
Alakea Corporate Twr.
Honolulu, HI, 96813-2833


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Posted by Diane | October 2, 2015
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My husband and I are very happy with the level of personal service we receive from Scott and his legal team. Scott and his team have been very responsive to our questions and needs. Scott truly believes that a successful estate plan is based on the client understanding the law and how his/her particular estate plan is designed to meet his/her needs, while at the same time understanding that those needs can change over time. He has assisted us in sucessfully implementing our estate plan, assisted us in transferring assets to fund our various trusts, and has kept in touch with us regularly regarding updates to our plan. We also value the informative newsletters and workshops. We feel very secure knowing that our estate planning needs have been thoroughly reviewed and implemented pursuant to our wishes.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 600-600 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Est8Planning Counsel LLLC
  • 1999 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Kapiolani Community College
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Partner
  • Beck & Taylor
  • 1994 - 1999
  • Partner
  • Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel
  • 1990 - 1994
  • Associate
  • Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel
  • 1983 - 1990
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  • University of Hawaii at Manoa - William S. Richardson School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1983
  • Duke University
  • A.B. cum laude
  • 1979

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Queen's Hospital vs. Koga
  • Family member transferred to another facility, where she recovered to pre-hospitalization status.


  • Hawaii State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Hawaii State Bar Association, Elder Law Section
  • President
  • 1998 - 1998
  • Hawaii State Bar Association
  • Secretary
  • 1994 - 1994
  • Hawaii State Probate and Estate Planning Section
  • Past President
  • 1991 - 1991
  • Hawaii State Bar Association Estate and Gift Tax Committee
  • Chairman
  • 1990 - 1991
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1993


  • Olive Grove Press
  • Blooper Episodes in Estate Planning and Elder Law
  • 2015
  • Amazon - Kindle
  • Lawyer Up!
  • 2015
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Honolulu Estate planning Lawyer Scott A. Makuakane
Scott A. Makuakane
Estate planning Attorney
Honolulu, HI
Licensed for 40 years