Provide Hawaii counsel with a certified copy of the Letters of Administration or the Letters Testamentary from the domiciliary probate/administration proceedings. If a bond is required for the Personal Representative/Executor, provide a certified copy of the official bond.
Hawaii counsel will then prepare the Application for Issuance of Acknowledgment of Authority for signature of the domiciliary Personal Representative/Executor.
Hawaii counsel files the signed Application, along with certified copy of the death certificate, in the local court having jurisdiction over the property that needs to be transferred. Filing fee is $175.00.
Issuance of Acknowledgment of Authority
Hawaii counsel also submits with the Application a form of the Acknowledgment of Authority for signature by the Court Clerk. The Clerk signs and issues the Acknowledgment of Authority, usually returning it by mail to Hawaii counsel. The Acknowledgment of Authority provides to the domiciliary Personal Representative/Executor the same powers to deal with the Hawaii property as he or she would have if an ancillary probate were instituted. This is a handy proceeding, especially to clear title to time-shares and other real property holdings a non-Hawaii resident may have acquired in Hawaii. The main benefit of this procedure is that it is quite inexpensive when compared to the expense of an ancillary probate.
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