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Home of the Akamai Kupuna
-- Wise Older Person

Prepare for the Worst and Expect the Best!

2515 Dole Street
Room 201
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
Directions to UHELP

Tel. (808) 956-6544
Fax. (808) 956-9439


Elder Law Clinic


Present another Marigold Seminar


 "Planning For The Future: Including The New 2014 Hawaii Power Of Attorney Act"



Tuesday, February 10, 2015



At the UH Law School Library

FREE Event




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International Elder Law Conference with a Veterans Focus


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Welcome to the University of Hawaii Elder Law Program

Celebrating nearly twenty years of service to the university and to the community, UHELP is an integral part of the WIlliam S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. UHELP plays a  vital role in educating students and in serving the community. Its goal is to enhance, protect and preserve the  autonomy and  independence of older persons through education, training and direct  legal services. UHELP places particular emphasis on assisting socially and economically needy older persons and their caregivers.

The Elder Law, Health Law, Bioethics and the Law and Elder Law Clinic courses provide a foundation for legal practice with the elderly. The courses are open to second and third year law students and certain graduate students. Students also have the opportunity to work with real clients with real legal issues. Geriatric Fellows and Psychiatry Fellows from the John A. Burns School of Medicine are also provided courses of instruction to assist them with an understanding of legal issues facing health care providers and, in particular, medical-legal issues affecting older persons.

Community Services
UHELP has an attorney/professor, a program administrator/legal assistant and sometimes has a student law clerk. UHELP operates throughout the calendar year and provides basic legal assistance, advice, information and referral. UHELP is not permitted to assist with business or criminal law matters or with personal injury or other fee-generating cases. You may qualify for services if you are a resident of Oahu, you are 60 years or older and are socially or economically needy or if you are a caregiver of an older person on Oahu and need legal assistance on behalf of the older person. (Each case is evaluated according to its own merits and in accordance with staff capabilities)


Our Services:

  1. Advance Healthcare Directives-healthcare instructions (similar to the old "living will") and health care powers of attorney
  2. Simple wills-restricted to certain estate values
  3. Powers of attorney--restricted to certain levels of assets
  4. Basic information on planning for incapacity and death
  5. Counseling on end-of-life decision-making
  6. Basic information about public benefits
  7. Counseling on legal issues relating to elder abuse, caregiving and guardianship/conservatorship
  8. Limited general legal information and referrals


Some types of cases we DO NOT handle are:

  1. Criminal Law (including traffic violations)
  2. Commercial or Income Producing Matters
  3. Personal Injury Matters


There are no fees charged for our services. However, donations are welcome. Because of our limited staff and resources, we give priority to the most needy of clients.


Funding for UHELP is provided by the University of Hawai`i William S. Richardson School of Law, the Elderly Affairs Division of the City and County of Honolulu (under Title III of the Older Americans Act), the State of Hawai`i Judiciary, the Hawai`i Justice Foundation and through donations.

To find out if we can help you, please call us at 956-6544 (FAX 956-9439) or write us:

University of Hawai`i Elder Law Program
2515 Dole Street, Honolulu, HI 96822


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