Hawaii Real Estate Lawyers

James J. Bickerton Esq.
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Honolulu, HI Real Estate Law Lawyer

UCLA School of LawHawaii, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit and U.S. District Court, District of Hawaii
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David Robert Squeri III
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Honolulu, HI Real Estate Law Lawyer with 11 years experience

Diligent and Tenacious Representation, Realistic and Practical SolutionsWith a dynamic focus on the practicalities and goals of my clients, I concentrate my law practice in: Dispute Resolution and... Read More »
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Stephen M. Tannenbaum Esq.
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Honolulu, HI Real Estate Law Attorney with 22 years experience

New York University School of LawNew York and Hawaii
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Barry D. Edwards Esq.
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Honolulu, HI Real Estate Law Lawyer with 31 years experience

University System of Georgia - University of Georgia9th Circuit, U.S. District Court, District of Hawaii, U.S. Supreme Court and Hawaii
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J. Porter DeVries
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Kailua Kona, HI Real Estate Law Lawyer with 6 years experience
(808) 339-3200 75-5591 Palani Rd Suite 2001
Kailua Kona, HI 96740
Real Estate, Business and Construction
Pace Law School
J. Porter DeVries began his career at the Wall Street firm of Segal Gebski, where he represented clients encountering construction, business, real estate, and international disputes. With Condominium and Community Association clients, Porter focuses on enabling Boards of Directors to establish and maintain the highest standards of good governance. Underscoring the firm’s proactive approach, he leads DeVries’ preventative counseling and strategic planning services, as well as ensuring that Boards are legally protected in disputes and thrive in the myriad aspects of governing Hawaii’s diverse associations. Leading the firm’s Real Estate and Commercial Litigation sector, Porter routinely...
Duane Randall Fisher
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Honolulu, HI Real Estate Law Attorney with 26 years experience
(808) 537-6100 733 Bishop Street, 19 floor
Honolulu, HI 96813
Real Estate and Business
University of California - Hastings College of the Law
Duane R. Fisher concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate law, hotels and resorts, construction law, business structure and operations and commercial transactions. Mr. Fisher has represented a wide range of business organizations, from hotel owners, telecommunications companies, general contractors, Wall Street investment firms and multibillion dollar energy development companies to closely held corporations and sole proprietors, in both private transactions and before federal and state administrative agencies.
Peter Starn
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Honolulu, HI Real Estate Law Lawyer with 46 years experience
(808) 537-6100 733 Bishop Street, 19 floor
Honolulu, HI 96813
Real Estate, Construction and International
Stanford University
Honolulu real estate attorney Peter Starn has over forty-five years experience in the areas of commercial real estate development and operations. Mr. Starn has extensive experience in corporate finance, mergers, and acquisitions. His real property practice includes the development, sale, acquisition, financing, and restructuring of hotels, office buildings, condominiums, and shopping centers, with particular expertise in the hotel industry. Much of Mr. Starn’s practice centers on international transactions. He has also managed large complex litigation matters for corporate clients and for large land holding trusts in Hawaii. Mr. Starn holds Martindale-Hubbell’s highest possible professional...
Na Lan
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Honolulu, HI Real Estate Law Attorney with 9 years experience
(808) 526-3617 1003 Bishop Street, Suite 1600
Honolulu, HI 96813
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Business and Immigration
University of Hawai'i at Manoa William S. Richardson School of Law
Na Lan's practice areas include immigration law, condominium and community association law, business and real property transactions, and dispute resolution for Mandarin-speaking investors and business owners. Born and raised in China, she is fluent in both Mandarin Chinese and English.

She earned her law degree from the University of Hawaii’s William S. Richardson School of Law, where she graduated cum laude. She was the Managing Editor of the Asia Pacific Law & Policy Journal, and also served as an intern for Judge Craig Nakamura of the Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals. For three years, she was a legal research assistant...
Mr.  Nathan Natori
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Honolulu, HI Real Estate Law Attorney with 28 years experience
(808) 275-0155 1003 Bishop St. #1360
Honolulu, HI 96813
Real Estate, Business, Construction and Landlord Tenant
University of Pennsylvania Law School
Nathan Natori has been practicing law in Hawaii since 1992, and has represented clients running the gamut from state and county agencies, large corporations (Nextel, The Queen's Health System, Holland America Line, Kaiser Permanente), and local families and individuals. Whether big or small, each client is important to Mr. Natori and receives the same level of service. Timely responses from an attorney who cares and whom you can trust is what you will receive at Natori Law Office LLLC.
Mark Simonds
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Haiku, HI Real Estate Law Lawyer with 28 years experience
(808) 280-2657 P.O. Box 81757
Haiku, HI 96708
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Bankruptcy, Consumer and Criminal
Vermont Law School
Mark R. Simonds is a lifelong resident of Maui, Hawaii, who has served Maui for over 27 years as a prosecuting attorney. He is now ready to serve you in your time of need, whether you or a loved one is facing a pending criminal charge, or some other legal matter. Call today and Mark will be happy to speak with you.
John Olson
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Kealakekua, HI Real Estate Law Lawyer with 45 years experience
(808) 323-2677 79-7516 Hawaii Belt Road
Kealakekua, HI 96750
Real Estate, Business, Construction and Personal Injury
University of San Francisco School of Law
John L. Olson is an attorney who handles a wide variety of matters from litigation (civil, probate, trust disputes); advising businesses in day to day matters, including contracts and management; transactional work for individuals and business; criminal defense; to Estate Planning in Kona and Kamuela. As a sole practioner he gained a width breadth of knowledge to assist his clients in just about anything. He was born and raised on the Island of O`ahu, and moved to Kona in 1973 with his wife. There, they raised two sons: Robert and Peter Olson, both of whom are...
Rhonda Mary Fosbinder
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Wailuku, HI Real Estate Law Attorney with 24 years experience
(808) 242-4956 1883 Mill Street
Wailuku, HI 96793
Real Estate, Elder, Estate Planning and Foreclosure Defense
Southwestern University School of Law
With extensive experience in litigation and estate planning, my goal is to resolve your legal issues professionally and efficiently.
Kenneth Marcus
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Honolulu, HI Real Estate Law Attorney with 28 years experience
(808) 537-6100 733 Bishop Street, 19 floor
Honolulu, HI 96813
Real Estate and Business
New York University School of Law
Kenneth Marcus has over thirty-five years of experience in the areas of commercial real estate development, finance, leasing, purchases and sales. He also has extensive experience in the formation of partnerships and limited liability companies, and corporate finance. His real property practice includes the development, acquisition, sale, financing and restructuring of hotels, office buildings and shopping centers, with particular expertise in the hotel industry.
Mitchell Wong
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Honolulu, HI Real Estate Law Lawyer with 27 years experience
(808) 546-1200 1136 Union Mall
#804
Honolulu, HI 96813
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Business, Divorce and Domestic Violence
University of Minnesota Law School
Mitchell S. Wong has been a lawyer in Hawaii since 1991, when he began his career at the law firm of David C. Schutter. At the time, the law firm was known as Schutter & Glickstein, and the focus of the law firm's practice was personal injury and civil litigation. In time, Mr. Wong became a partner at the law firm, which was then restyled as Schutter Dias Smith & Wong. In 2004 Mr. Wong started his present law firm. While Mr. Wong has continued his diverse work in civil litigation, he also expanded his practice to include family...
Eric Allan Elkind
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Honolulu, HI Real Estate Law Attorney with 23 years experience

Boston University School of LawU.S. District Court of Hawaii and Hawaii
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Matthew Matsunaga
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Honolulu, HI Real Estate Law Attorney with 33 years experience

Georgetown University Law Center9th Circuit, U.S. District Court of Hawaii and Hawaii
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Trevor Abraham Brown
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Honolulu, HI Real Estate Law Attorney with 28 years experience
(808) 537-6100 Pacific Guardian Center, Makai Tower
19th Floor
Honolulu, HI 96813
Real Estate
Yale Law School
Trevor A. Brown represents clients in both litigation and transactions. His real estate experience ranges from resort acquisition and development to acting as trial counsel to establish beach access rights based on Kingdom of Hawaii land use. Mr. Brown’s corporate experience ranges from negotiating corporate restructurings to acting as trial counsel to force the break-up of related land development corporations. He holds Martindale-Hubbell’s highest possible professional rating (AV) for both his skill and integrity. Mr. Brown is recognized in Best Lawyers in America in ten categories: Business Organization (including LLC’s and Partnerships), Closely Held Companies and Family...
David Spee
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Paia, HI Real Estate Law Lawyer with 29 years experience
(808) 579-8244 62 Baldwin Ave #2B
PO Box 790478
Paia, HI 96779
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Business, Estate Planning and Probate
University of Washington School of Law
I graduated from the University of Washington law school and was recruited by a Hawaii law firm in 1989. I started my solo practice in Paia in 1994 with a focus on estate planning, probate, real property and small business representation.
Eric Allan Elkind
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Honolulu, HI Real Estate Law Attorney with 23 years experience
(808) 523-6090 745 Fort St
Suite 1500
Honolulu, HI 96813
Real Estate, Arbitration & Mediation and Business
Boston University School of Law
Paul J.  Sulla Jr
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Hilo, HI Real Estate Law Lawyer with 45 years experience
(808) 933-3600 PO Box 5258
106 Kamehameha Ave
Hilo, HI 96720
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Business, Foreclosure Defense and Landlord Tenant
Boston University School of Law
Raymond Iwamoto
Claimed Lawyer ProfileLII Silver
Honolulu, HI Real Estate Law Attorney with 44 years experience
(808) 523-6006 745 Fort St
Suite 1500
Honolulu, HI 96813
Real Estate, Business and Trademarks
Santa Clara University School of Law
Peter S.R. Olson
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Kealakekua, HI Real Estate Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(808) 323-2677 79-7516 HAWAII BELT ROAD
Kealakekua, HI 96750
Real Estate, Business, Landlord Tenant and Personal Injury
Peter S.R. Olson is an attorney who handles a wide variety of matters, including: litigation (civil, family, and criminal), transactional, and business formation/advisement in Kona and Kamuela.

He was born and raised in South Kona on the Big Island of Hawai`i. He is the son of John L. Olson, founder of the firm. Peter has assisted his father at the firm since he was five years old.
Peter received his Juris Doctor and Environmental Law Certificate from Univerisity of Hawai`i at Manoa's William S. Richardson School of Law in 2005. After law school, he clerked for the Honorable Glenn...
David Robert Squeri III
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Honolulu, HI Real Estate Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(808) 426-7918 1003 Bishop Street
Suite 1410
Honolulu, HI 96813
Real Estate, Business, Construction and Employment
University of Hawai'i at Manoa William S. Richardson School of Law
Diligent and Tenacious Representation, Realistic and Practical Solutions

With a dynamic focus on the practicalities and goals of my clients, I concentrate my law practice in: Dispute Resolution and Litigation /and/ Business and Transactional Law.

- Dispute Resolution and Litigation: As a tenacious advocate for my clients, I have successfully litigated in the Federal U.S. District Court, Hawaii’s Circuit and District Courts, and the Intermediate Court of Appeals. My experience in alternative dispute resolution includes mediation and arbitration, both as counsel for clients and as the mediator/arbitrator.

- Business and Transactional Law: My transactional practice includes the full...
Lynda L. Arakawa
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Honolulu, HI Real Estate Law Lawyer
(808) 523-6040 745 Fort Street
Suite 1500
Honolulu, HI 96813
Real Estate, Business and Environmental
University of Hawai'i at Manoa William S. Richardson School of Law
Robert Kenneth Olson
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Kealakekua, HI Real Estate Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(808) 323-2677 79-7516 Hawaii Belt Road
Kealakekua, HI 96750
Real Estate, DUI, Divorce and Landlord Tenant
Western New England College
Robert K. Olson, is an attorney who handles a wide variety of matters. With an emphasis in litigation, Robert handles civil, probate, trust, family, and criminal cases in the District, Family, and Circuit Courts in Kealakekua, Kailua-Kona, and Kamuela.

Robert was born and raised in Kona. He attended Konawaena Elementary and graduated from Hawaii Preparatory Academy in 1995, where he ran track, cross-country(Captain), and played basketball. At HPA received the Career Athlete Award.

Robert attained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1999 at Brandeis University in Massachusetts (Cross Country - Captain, All-American). Robert received his Juris Doctor Degree in 2002 from Western...
Scot Z. Matayoshi
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Honolulu, HI Real Estate Law Lawyer
(808) 439-8042 745 Fort St
Suite 1500
Honolulu, HI 96813
Real Estate, Arbitration & Mediation and Business
University of Hawai'i at Manoa William S. Richardson School of Law
Carl Schlack Jr
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Honolulu, HI Real Estate Law Attorney with 36 years experience

University of California - Hastings College of the LawU.S. District Court of Hawaii and Hawaii
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Mark Ito
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Honolulu, HI Real Estate Law Lawyer with 34 years experience

University of California - BerkeleyCalifornia, U.S. District Court, District of Hawaii and Hawaii
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James J. Bickerton Esq.
Claimed Lawyer ProfileLII Gold
Honolulu, HI Real Estate Law Lawyer
(808) 599-3811 745 Fort St
#801
Honolulu, HI 96813
Real Estate, Appeals, Business and Consumer
UCLA School of Law
Barbara Lee Franklin
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Honokaa, HI Real Estate Law Attorney with 31 years experience
(808) 775-0530 45-3438 Mamane St
Honokaa, HI 96727
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Bankruptcy and Collections
Seattle University School of Law
2003 to Present: Sole Practitioner, Honokaa, Hawaii General practice with an emphasis on bankruptcy law, consumer issues, and real estate law. I represent individuals and business owners under chapter 7, and chapter 11, chapter 12, chapter 13, and one bankruptcy trustee. I have represented individuals in preference actions brought by chapter 7 trustees in other jurisdictions. Based on my experience working on highly complicated bankruptcy cases, I have worked also on discrete issues in the Hawaiian Airlines chapter 11. I represent clients in real estate matters including the purchase and sale of residential real estate, landlord and...
Barry D. Edwards Esq.
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Honolulu, HI Real Estate Law Lawyer with 31 years experience
(808) 599-3811 745 Fort St
#801
Honolulu, HI 96813
Real Estate, Business and Criminal
University System of Georgia - University of Georgia
Regan M. Iwao
Claimed Lawyer ProfileLII Silver
Honolulu, HI Real Estate Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(808) 439-8041 745 Fort Street
Suite 1500
Honolulu, HI 96813
Real Estate, Arbitration & Mediation and Business
University of Hawai'i at Manoa William S. Richardson School of Law
Natalie S. Hiu
Claimed Lawyer ProfileLII Silver
Honolulu, HI Real Estate Law Lawyer
(808) 523-6003 745 Fort St
Suite 1500
Honolulu, HI 96813
Real Estate, Administrative and Business
University of Hawai'i at Manoa William S. Richardson School of Law
Stanley Ching
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Honolulu, HI Real Estate Law Attorney with 33 years experience
(808) 521-1456 220 S King St
Ste 1600
Honolulu, HI 96813
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Business, Estate Planning and Tax
University of Hawai'i at Manoa William S. Richardson School of Law
Carl Schlack Jr
Claimed Lawyer ProfileLII Silver
Honolulu, HI Real Estate Law Attorney with 36 years experience
(808) 523-6044 745 Fort St
Suite 1500
Honolulu, HI 96813
Real Estate, Business and Securities
University of California - Hastings College of the Law
Jason Braswell
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Holualoa, HI Real Estate Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(808) 464-5223 76-5908 Mamalahoa Highway
Holualoa, HI 96740
Real Estate, Appeals, Arbitration & Mediation and Business
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
Jason R. Braswell graduated from the University of Alabama-Birmingham with a B.S. with honors in biology research and received his J.D. with high honors from Chicago-Kent College of Law. He was admitted to practice law in Illinois in 2003, and spent his first six years of practice in the Chicago office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP, practicing in its litigation department. Jason left Skadden and moved to Kailua-Kona to try his hand at entrepreneurship as the co-owner, along with his wife Melissa, of Big Island Running Company, which they built into a thriving running...
Daniel Chen
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Honolulu, HI Real Estate Law Attorney with 17 years experience
(808) 225-6535 Pacific Guardian Center, Mauka Tower
737 Bishop Street, Suite 2400
Honolulu, HI 96813
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Business, Estate Planning and Probate
University of Hawai'i at Manoa William S. Richardson School of Law
I practice in the area of civil lawsuits and disputes and specialize in disputes involving trusts/estates, real estate transactions, business/corporations, and sex assault claims. I represent clients in federal court, state court, arbitrations, administrative hearings, and mediations. I have received an AV-Preeminent peer-review rating from Martindale-Hubbell. If you would like to discuss any legal issues, please feel free to contact me. E-Mail: dchen@rmhawaii.com Phone: (808) 225-6535 Fax: (808) 521-0597
Mark Ito
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Honolulu, HI Real Estate Law Lawyer with 34 years experience
(808) 523-6045 745 Fort St
Suite 1500
Honolulu, HI 96813
Real Estate, Arbitration & Mediation and Business
University of California - Berkeley
Raymond Iwamoto
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Honolulu, HI Real Estate Law Attorney with 44 years experience

Santa Clara University School of LawU.S. District Court of Hawaii and Hawaii
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Regan M. Iwao
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Honolulu, HI Real Estate Law Attorney with 18 years experience

University of Hawai'i at Manoa William S. Richardson School of Law9th Circuit, U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii, U.S. Supreme Court and Hawaii
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Darl Gleed
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Kailua-Kona, HI Real Estate Law Attorney with 31 years experience
(808) 329-6600 75-5905 Walua Rd. Ste. 10
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Real Estate, Business and Estate Planning
Seattle University School of Law
Stephen M. Tannenbaum Esq.
Claimed Lawyer ProfileLII Gold
Honolulu, HI Real Estate Law Attorney with 22 years experience
(808) 599-3811 745 Fort St
#801
Honolulu, HI 96813
Real Estate, Animal, Business and Collections
New York University School of Law
Glen Hale
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Lihue, HI Real Estate Law Lawyer with 32 years experience
(808) 245-4100 2970 Kele St
Suite 210
Lihue, HI 96766
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and Landlord Tenant
University of Idaho
Glen T. Hale has practiced law on Kauai for eighteen years. His practice is focused on Real Estate law, Condominium Law (the creation and management of CPRs), Estate Planning, and business transactional matters. Mr. Hale's experience includes thirteen years as a trial lawyer. On Kauai, Mr. Hale has managed the purchase of a multi-million dollar farm and created one of the largest CPR projects on Kauai as well as more than one hundred CPR projects.
Matthew Matsunaga
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Honolulu, HI Real Estate Law Attorney with 33 years experience
(808) 523-6061 745 Fort St
Suite 1500
Honolulu, HI 96813
Real Estate, Administrative and Business
Georgetown University Law Center
Nancy J. Budd
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Lihue, HI Real Estate Law Lawyer with 38 years experience
(808) 245-5343 4374 Kukui Grove St
Suite 103
Lihue, HI 96766
Real Estate, Business, Elder and Estate Planning
University of California, Davis, School of Law
Nancy J. Budd has practiced law on the island of Kaua`i for the past 30 years. The Law Offices of Nancy J. Budd concentrates in the areas of estate planning, estate and trust administration, charitable tax planning, charitable and business organization, and real estate transactions. Nancy was the first woman to serve as president of the Kaua`i Bar Association. Prior to starting her private practice, she served for several years as Managing Attorney for the Legal Aid Society on Kaua`i. She currently serves as a court-appointed arbitrator for the Fifth Circuit Court and serves on...
David Morris
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Honolulu, HI Real Estate Law Attorney with 2 years experience
(808) 540-4500 1100 Alakea Street, Suite 3100
Honolulu, HI 96813
Real Estate, Administrative, Communications and Energy
University of Hawai'i at Manoa William S. Richardson School of Law
Peter K. Kubota
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Hilo, HI Real Estate Law Attorney with 29 years experience
(808) 935-2422 505 Kilauea Ave
Hilo, HI 96720
Real Estate, Business, Consumer and Landlord Tenant
My practice is located on the East side of Hawaii Island, primarily in the areas of Estate Planning, Business Law and Real Estate transactions. We have a small office, and provide friendly, practical service. I was born and raised in Hilo, moved back home about 20 years ago to practice law, and I would not live anywhere else in the world.
Patrick Taomae
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Honolulu, HI Real Estate Law Attorney with 40 years experience
(808) 526-9738 Suite 3012, Century Square
1188 Bishop Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
Real Estate, Business and Estate Planning
Valentina Stewart Watson
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Lahaina, HI Real Estate Law Attorney with 25 years experience
(808) 667-5886 1068 Limahana Place Suite 4B
Lahaina, HI 96761
Real Estate, Business and Estate Planning
Loyola Law School
Naomi Hirayasu
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Honolulu, HI Real Estate Law Lawyer with 37 years experience
(808) 587-7700 1188 Bishop St., Suite 604
Honolulu, HI 96813
Real Estate, Business, Divorce and Family
London School of Economics & Political Science, London, England, U.K. and University of Hawai'i at Manoa William S. Richardson School of Law
We as husbands and wives, military members and spouses, parents, men and women from all walks of life, often find ourselves struggling with legal conflicts. Divorce, child custody disputes, and other family law issues can have a significant impact on our futures.

With over 25 years of experience, our Honolulu office can be a safe haven to those seeking legal help with difficult issues. Focusing primarily on family law, our practice is devoted to helping clients come to mutual agreements tailored to resolve their case. However, when negotiations and agreements fail to produce results, we stand prepared to vigorously represent your...
Natalie S. Hiu
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Honolulu, HI Real Estate Law Lawyer

University of Hawai'i at Manoa William S. Richardson School of LawHawaii and U.S. District Court of Hawaii
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Scot Z. Matayoshi
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Honolulu, HI Real Estate Law Lawyer

University of Hawai'i at Manoa William S. Richardson School of Law9th Circuit, State Courts of Hawaii and U.S. District Court of Hawaii
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Real estate refers to land, as well as anything permanently attached to the land, such as buildings and other structures, and covers more than just the drafting of contracts for the purchase and sale of property. Both federal and state laws regulate real estate transactions. The Federal Fair Housing Act, for example, prohibits discrimination in real estate transactions on account of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Many states have enacted similar legislation that prohibits discrimination on the basis of certain characteristics.

Attorneys in this field may handle leasing issues, landlord-tenant disputes, eviction proceedings and homeowner association (HOA) problems. Other matters within this practice area include title disputes, mortgages, covenants, easements, and equitable servitudes. Many real estate issues can affect both commercial and individual renters and landlords. Real estate lawyers who represent commercial interests may also focus on land use, zoning, environmental law, or eminent domain issues.

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Deed: The legal document that transfers the ownership of real property from one party to another.

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