STAND. COM. REP. NO.  1359


Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2023


RE:   S.B. No. 483

      S.D. 1

      H.D. 1





Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirty-Second State Legislature

Regular Session of 2023

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs, to which was referred S.B. No. 483, S.D. 1, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this measure is to update the Uniform Probate Code to reflect Hawaii law and practice.


     Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Judiciary and Commission to Promote Uniform Laws.  Your Committee received comments on this measure from one individual.


     Your Committee finds that the Uniform Probate Code is a national codification of law that provides clarity and uniformity in probate law and interpretation.  Your Committee further finds that it has been nearly thirty years since the Uniform Probate Code was last updated in Hawaii.  This measure would provide necessary updates to adjust for inflation, provide additional clarity, resolve issues that have arisen in probate practice, and address societal changes in familial relations.


     Your Committee has amended this measure by:


     (1)  Defining "probate proceeding" under the Uniform Probate Code;


     (2)  Deleting language that would have allowed a supervised administration seeking an adjudication of intestacy to be commenced under certain conditions and circumstances if there had been a prior probate proceeding;


     (3)  Clarifying that the authenticated copy of a will probated, filed, deposited, or lodged in another jurisdiction that may accompany an application for informal probate of a will must be an authenticated copy of an original will; and


     (4)  Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity, consistency, and style.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 483, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 483, S.D. 1, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Finance.



Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs,