FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Consultations

     

    Our initial consultation with you generally lasts about an hour. We do an initial review of your documents, discuss the law, and outline the possible routes to final resolution.

    We handle a relatively small number of cases and this consultation is also an opportunity to see if our firm is a good fit for you and your case. 

    We find, and our clients agree, that this is one of the most valuable hours a client can spend, as it brings order to a daunting process. We charge our usual hourly rate of $375 + GET for this meeting.

    COVID-19 UPDATE - March 2021

    * All client meetings are still by telephone or Zoom unless you hear otherwise. If you have a meeting with us scheduled, we will call you at the appointment time. If you prefer Zoom, let us know ahead of time. If you have a WebEx court hearing and your attorney tells you to come to the office, wear a mask and follow the building signs regarding protocols. 

    * We are now accepting in-person drop off of documents for documents requiring original signatures, though mail is encouraged. For working documents, please email them to the attorney or paralegal rather than bringing them to the office in person.

    * Our office is working with social distancing and limits on attorneys and staff in the office. Your documents will be processed and information sent to you as always. The attorneys will be working remotely some of the time.  You can still reach your attorneys at the office phone number even if they are not in the office or by email. 

    * For those who are cautious but wish to come in for a meeting: Our building's ventilation system has UV sanitizing; we have individual HEPA filters in each office; we follow all health and safety protocols. When practicable, we meet with clients in the open-air courtyard downstairs. Feel free to discuss your preferences when making your appointment.

     

  • What you should bring to your initial consultation

    You should fill out the Asset and Debt Statement and the Income and Expense Statement which can be found on the Hawaii Family Court website or emailed to you by our office.

    If any court documents have been filed in your case or a related case, bring them to your meeting.

    We also ask that if possible, you bring your last two years of tax returns and  and other documents that affect your case, such as written agreements between the parties, documents that substantiate your claims or the other side’s claims, and a completed Client Intake Form that we will email to you when you make your appointment.

  • Retainers

    Before we can represent you, we need a signed retainer agreement and an initial retainer. The amount of retainer needed will vary according to your case, with the standard divorce case retainer being at least $10,000-15,000, higher in cases involving businesses, trusts, interstate issues, and other such matters. We bill against your retainer and if it is being depleted and your case is ongoing, we may require an additional retainer. The amount of the initial retainer is not an estimate of actual cost of your case, as each case is individual and depends on various factors.