Richard J. Sakoda
Sterling & Tucker

201 Merchant Street Suite 950
Honolulu, HI 96813
TEL: (808) 531-5391

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About Sterling & Tucker

Sterling & Tucker is a firm focusing on estate planning, probate, trust administration and elder law issues. Based in Honolulu, HI, our mission is to provide residents of Honolulu and surrounding areas with quality estate planning resources, such as assistance with Living Trusts, Wills (simple & complex), Probate, Trust Administration, Powers of Attorney, Living Wills, Irrevocable Trusts, Family Limited Partnerships, and Charitable Giving. When you visit or call our office, we want you to feel comfortable discussing such an important issue concerning both you and your family. We want to arm you with the information you need to make an informed decision about your family's future. Visit our online Estate Planning Information Center to obtain timely, quality information on estate planning and related issues, including complimentary issues of our Special Reports and Estate Planning News articles. Residents of Honolulu and surrounding areas can register to attend our Estate Planning Seminars.

About Richard J. Sakoda

Richard J. Sakoda is a partner in the law firm of Sterling & Tucker. He received his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington and his Juris Doctor degree from the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii.

Mr. Sakoda was admitted to practice before all Hawaii state courts and the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii in 1992. His private practice has focused in the area of estate planning, disability planning, trusts and probate.

He is a member of the American Bar Association ("ABA"), the Hawaii State Bar Association ("HSBA"), the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the ABA, the Probate and Estate Planning Section of the HSBA, and the Elder Law Section of the HSBA. Mr. Sakoda also served on the HIPAA Sub-Committee, a joint sub-committee created by the Elder Law Section and the Probate and Estate Planning Section of the HSBA. The HIPAA Sub-Committee addressed issues related to the protection and release of protected health information under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”).

Mr. Sakoda is a frequent participant on Legal-Line (formerly Ask-A-Lawyer), for which he received an Outstanding Volunteer Award in 1998. He contributed an article on "Inheritance, Wills and Trusts" for the Hawaii Women Lawyers 1996 publication Our Rights, Our Lives: A Guide To Women's Legal Rights in Hawaii.

About the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys

The Academy is a national organization dedicated to promoting excellence in estate planning by providing its exclusive membership of attorneys with up-to-date research on estate and tax planning, educational materials, and other important resources to empower them to provide superior estate planning services. The Academy expects members to have at least 36 hours of legal education each year specifically in estate, tax, probate and/or elder law subjects. To ensure this goal is met, the Academy provides over 40 hours of continuing legal education each year. Since 1993, the Academy has also been a highly-regarded and sought-after resource for attorneys and consumers alike, and has been recognized by Consumer Reports, Suze Orman in her book, 9 Steps to Financial Freedom and numerous times by Money Magazine.