Adoption, Guardianship, & Power of Attorney

Self-Help Information

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Self-Help Centers & Access to Justice Rooms

The Hawaii Court Self-Help Centers and Access to Justice Rooms are a joint effort of the Hawaii State Judiciary, the Hawaii Access To Justice Commission, the Hawaii State Bar Association, local bar associations, and the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii to help self-represented litigants better understand their rights and the court process. This is a free program provided by the help of volunteer attorneys.

Adoption, Guardianship, and Power of Attorney

This brochure discusses the difference between adoption, guardianship, and power of attorney.

Video: Adoption, Guardianship, and Power of Attorney

This video provides an overview of and comparison between adoption, guardianship and power of attorney.

Family Court Forms for Maui

View and download family court forms for divorce, custody, temporary restraining orders, adoption, guardianship, and paternity on Maui (Second Circuit).

Family Court Forms for Oahu

View and download family court forms for divorce, custody, child support, temporary restraining orders, adoption, guardianship, and paternity on Oahu (First Circuit)

How to request a Fee Waiver in Family Court

In Family Court, most cases require paying a court filing fee. In some circumstances, you can have the fee waived, which means you do not have to pay. This brochure explains how to request a fee waiver in Family Court.

Self-Help Centers & Access to Justice Rooms

The Hawaii Court Self-Help Centers and Access to Justice Rooms are a joint effort of the Hawaii State Judiciary, the Hawaii Access To Justice Commission, the Hawaii State Bar Association, local bar associations, and the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii to help self-represented litigants better understand their rights and the court process. This is a free program provided by the help of volunteer attorneys.

Self-Help Form: Ex Parte Motion and Declaration to Advance or Expedite Hearing

Use this interactive interview to assist you in completing either 1) A motion requesting that the court move your hearing to an earlier date (Advance Hearing) OR 2) A motion requesting that the court speeds up the time it normally takes to receive and consider a response (Expedite Hearing).

Self-Help Form: Motion and Affidavit to Waive Filing Fees - Oahu (First Circuit)

Use this interactive interview to complete the form asking the court to waive your filing fees because you cannot afford to pay such costs. This could be used for Family Court cases where there are filing fees including Divorce, Paternity, Adoption and Guardianship.

Video: Resources for Court Users

This video provides information about resources available to court users including court self-help centers, language services, mediation, and accommodations for people with disabilities.

Video: Representing Yourself in Court

This video provides general information how to represent yourself at a court or administrative hearing.

Adoption, Guardianship, and Power of Attorney

This brochure discusses the difference between adoption, guardianship, and power of attorney.

How to get Guardianship of a Minor or Incapcitated Adult

Information about two basic kinds of guardianship: Guardianship of a Minor and Guardianship of an Incapacitated Person.

Legal Handbook for Hawaii's Older Persons, Families, and Caregivers

This handbook explains several areas of legal concerns affecting older persons as well as their families and those who care for them.

Pro-Se Packet for Legal Guardianship of an Incapacitated Person - Oahu (First Circuit)

This packet describes the steps necessary to establish a guardianship of an incapacitated person.

Self-Help Form: Guardianship of a Minor

Use this interactive interview if you would like to complete the court forms required to file for a Guardianship of a Minor. This interview will assist you in completing the following court forms: 1) Petition, 2) Notice of Hearing, 3) List of Exhibits, 4) Waiver of Notice and Consent, and 5) Order Appointing Guardian with Limited/Unlimited Authority.

Self-Help Form: Guardianship of an Incapacitated Adult - Oahu (First Circuit)

Use this interactive interview if you would like to complete the court forms (Petition, Waiver of Notice, List of Exhibits, Order Appointing Guardian) for a Guardianship of an Incapacitated Person and if you will file your Guardianship in the First Circuit (Oahu).

Video: Adoption, Guardianship, and Power of Attorney

This video provides an overview of and comparison between adoption, guardianship and power of attorney.

Adoption, Guardianship, and Power of Attorney

This brochure discusses the difference between adoption, guardianship, and power of attorney.

General Information About Financial Powers of Attorney

Read about how to give someone authority to handle your bill-paying, investment decisions, and other financial matters.

Hawaii General Durable Power of Attorney Template

This power of attorney authorizes another person (your agent) to make decisions concerning your property for you (the principal) whether or not you are able to act for yourself.

How a Durable Financial Power of Attorney Works

A durable financial power of attorney is a simple way to arrange for someone to handle your finances.

Power of Attorney

This brochure provides answers to commonly asked questions about Powers of Attorney.

Self-Help Form: Power of Attorney

Use this interactive interview if you would like to create a Power of Attorney to give a person powers related to your child(ren).

Video: Adoption, Guardianship, and Power of Attorney

This video provides an overview of and comparison between adoption, guardianship and power of attorney.

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