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1. IS PROBATE NEEDED TO SETTLE THE DECEDENT’S ESTATE? If a person passed away and executed a Will and owns property here in Hawaii (personal property and real property) titled solely in his or her individual name, probate may be required in order to transfer ownership of such assets to the decedent’s beneficiaries. Likewise, if the decedent did not have a Will and owned property here in Hawaii . . . [cont.]
2. WHAT IS THE PROBATE PROCESS LIKE HERE IN HAWAII? Hawaii has different types of probate procedures involved to open probate proceedings for a decedent’s Estate as follows:
A. Informal Probate Proceedings – Documents must be filed with the Registrar of the Probate Court and a Personal Representative of the Estate is appointed. No court hearings are required and the Estate can be opened and closed in as little as 6 months. [cont.]
3. WHAT IF THE DECEDENT IS A RESIDENT OF ANOTHER STATE? If the decedent was a resident of another state and probate proceedings have been initiated in that domiciliary state, yet, the decedent owned property here in Hawaii (especially, real property titled in the decedent’s sole name), Ancillary Probate Proceedings can be commenced with the Probate Court here in Hawaii. This probate process is a simplified process. . . [read more]