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Richard M. Sakoda

Estate planning Attorney at Honolulu, HI

5.0   6 reviews
  • Licensed for 41 years
    State HI
    Acquired 1983
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Location

Law Off. of Richard M. Sakoda
945 Makaiwa St
Honolulu, HI, 96816-5401

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Posted by anonymous | June 9, 2015
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Very impressed!
Although it was determined after Mr. Sakoda and I communicated by email that I would need Family Law representation for my legal situation, Mr. Sakoda was extremely helpful in offering me advice regarding a Family Trust, very quick to respond during our dialog and a compassionate person. I am sorry I will not be able to use his services to represent me. I would definitely recommend him to friends and family.
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Posted by anonymous | January 10, 2015
Estate Distribution
very knowledgeable, good communication, follow up and went the extra mile to help us through the difficult task of settling my Dad's estate. I would highly recommend Richard as an estate attorney.
Posted by Roy | January 3, 2015
Legalized Will
Mr. Richard Sakoda is a very hardworking individual that has one goal in mine, and that goal is keeping his clients satisfied going above and beyond the scope of work requirements to ensure all areas of your problems are satisfied. He is knowledgeable of the work he does, trustworthy, excellent communicator who keeps you informed at all times. He discusses all relevant factors about your case, gives you alternatives, and provides advice in making the best decision to your case. In our family experience, we have gone through three -(3) Lawyers, but we were not satisfied with their work we requested. We needed a legalized Will written to assure others won't have the ability to take away assets and properties that the deceased will leave to the appointed person/caretaker. But each Laywer we went to and paid to write the Will, were not exactly how we explained to them and therefore the Will needed to be rewritten. Instead of having the same Lawyer to redo the Will, we seek another Lawyer. A friend recommended Mr. Richard Sakoda. We met with him, asked questions and he were straight-forward with his answers. We told him our situation and what we wanted done. He immediately commenced working on the issue that we wanted fixed of which previous Lawyers we went to did not do unless we paid additional fee. Mr. Sakoda accomplished the Will the way we exactly wanted it to be done and completed it in a timely manner. We are now releived that no one; especially other family members, will not be able to intrude and be disruptive in making every effort to take-away or be a part owner of properties and assets that the deceased leave behind to the appointed person. Mr. Sakoda is a good listener with unique combination of intuitive and analytical abilities. I highly recommend Mr. Sakoda to any person seeking assistance in writting a legalized Will as he is a professional and one of the best Lawyers that provides satisfaction guarantee to his clients.
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Posted by Mario | January 3, 2015
17-year review
Atty Sakoda has been our family lawyer since 1997, or going on 17 years now. I first met him when he had an office in downtown Honolulu, but the quality of his legal services has not decreased since he started working from home and traveling abroad. Besides my immediate family, he has also overseen and managed our issues for my in-laws, stepchildren, and my family back in another country. We are thankful that we did our trust early in time, as well as our health directives for myself, my wife, and my in-laws.
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Posted by Aimee | January 2, 2015
Estate Planning
Richard was able to help me in updating all my trust and legal documents. My original trust was done years ago by a different attorney when my children were minors so now that they are adults, he was able to prepare a full reinstatement of my trust as well as POA and Health Care directives. He is very accomodating and responsive to my needs.
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Posted by Michael | December 25, 2014
My Trust and Will
Mr. Richard Sakoda has helped me during my ordeal with several legal issues. I'm very appreciative for his knowledgeable legal assistance during my ordeals. I am a disabled veteran that's also partially blind. Mr. Sakoda has not only shown me empathy as my legal representative, but also has beena friend to me. Michael C
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Work Experience

  • Sole Practioner
  • Law Office of Richard M Sakoda
  • 1983 - Present

Education

  • Golden Gate University School of Law
  • JD/MBA - Juris Doctorate and MBA
  • 1981

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Trust created but not funded
  • Beneficiary personal representative was appointed by the court in informal probate. The time and money being spent could have been avoided.
  • Family dispute even with the creation and funing of a trust
  • Settled with each beneficiary hiring their own attorney

Associations

  • Lions International
  • District 50 and club officer
  • 1983 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Japanese

Speaking Engagements

  • newspaper articles
  • China
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