REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS / LITIGATION
Our subdivision doesn't have a neighborhood association. When we bought our home from Amfac 20 or more years ago we didn't know much about our Declaration of Protective Covenants. So we were surprised when we were sued by a neighbor to take down the second story on our house. Valentina helped us through a difficult situation, convincing the judge that the height covenant was unenforceable. With her knowledge and perseverance it made this complicated process smoother and quicker. She believed in us and guided us every step of the way. Because of that we won our case and didn't have to go to trial. We thank you Valentina for all of your support and hard work! Valentina Stewart Watson is a tough attorney! It was a delight working with her.
- Flor and Remy Ea
We used the services of Valentina Stewart Watson for a legal dispute involving family land from a family trust. It was a very bitter and ruthless process. Thanks to the incredible belief Valentina displayed regarding our rights with an unyielding position on our behlf, we were able to settle our dispute before taking the matter to court. The final closure was more than we hoped for and allowed our family to move forward in confidence. Thank you Valentina for your expertise; we wouldn't be where we are today without what you did for us!
- Tim & Elsie Brink
Anyone requiring assistance with condominium associations, who feel they may breach their fiduciary duty to individual members to carry out the bidding of the majority of members of the association, may discover they need an independent lawyer to assist them. My wife and I found ourselves exactly in that situation. Through a friend, I learned Valentina had experience in this arena and I sought her out.
As an older man, I am the type who feels he knows just about everything, except the law. So I was happy Valentina knows the laws, and she listened carefully to the strategy I wanted to implement against the idiots we found ourselves having to deal with. We fought valiantly and continuously to weed out all the lying and chicanery heaped upon us in the confrontation. With Valentina's assistance I know I saved more than a million dollars in litigation that I knew would be coming at me had we not succeeded in skillfully delivering the strategy necessary to win the day.
A heartfelt thanks goes out to Valentina who assisted me mightily in acquiring a victory we so rightfully deserved.
Nai'a Properties Inc has had a exceptional working relationship with Valentina Stewart Watson for more than 10 years. As a Property Management Company we have need of a variety of answers to legal issues and Valentina has served our Associations extremely well with her in-depth knowledge of condominium laws. As President and Owner, I heartily support and recommend Valentina's firm and would be happy to answer any inquiries personally.
- Penny Munroe, Nai'a Properties, Inc.
I was President of our condo association for several years when Valentina's services were needed for a lawsuit brought by an owner, an owner who was doing structural work on their unit without authority and various other matters. Her judgment and services were always sound and to the point, and matters handled expediently. As lawyer for nearly 30 years myself, I know what it means to do good legal work. I would recommend her most favorably.
- Dana Weinstein, Attorney at Law
Valentina in short is an Angel. Maui Tropical Algae Farm has been harassed and oppressed by its landlord for several years now saying that Maui Tropical Algae Farm's lease was no good and invalid and that Maui Tropical Algae Farm does not even exist. Valentina in very short order was able to terminate the outright bullying of Maui Tropical Algae Farm by our landlord and his attorneys and to uphold our 40-year commercial land lease. There are no words that can express my gratitude and appreciation for Valentina. -Bradley D. Reeves
I have the honor of being a client of Valentina Stewart Watson, for both personal and business matters. My experience with Valentina and her office can best be summed up with the terms “professional”, “responsive”, and “knowledgeable”.
The work produced is professional and promptly completed. Valentina and her office are quick to answer questions, resolve issues, and the fees are far more reasonable than some attorneys. Unlike many attorneys, Valentina and her office work for the client, not just for the paycheck.
The office is responsive to urgent situations, and does not delay when a matter needs immediate attention. I’ve known Valentina to work late at night, on weekends, etc.—because a client needed an answer or a matter resolved quickly. She does not shirk difficult cases, or easier ones. Each receives personal attention and dedication.
Perhaps some will question the use of this term. In my experience, degrees don’t necessarily convey knowledge-sometimes quite the opposite! Valentina’s wide knowledge in many fields, her years of experience, and continuing education, are all reflected in her work. She and her office are quick to research issues and recommend possible resolutions. Though well experienced in litigation, the office doesn’t hesitate to explore alternatives such as mediation or settlement. Such efforts would be useless without the knowledge and ability to assess the merits of a case.
- Saucy Walter
Valentina Stewart Watson & her legal staff are the most competent, compassionate and qualified legal team that I have ever known or been associated with in my career as a general contractor. I recommend them as highly as possible to anyone who is in need of the best and most professional legal team available on Maui or in Hawaii.
- Ray E. Norton Construction, General Contractor License BC 16452
I would like to say to Valentina and her firm, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. As a past restaurant owner and the President of my company, she has been instrumental in legal counseling for more than five years. Her firm has always made me feel comfortable. It is like having an extension of my family. They are very professional, concerned, and dedicated to the people they represent. They have helped me many a time when I have need counseling and always have delivered. Her firm has perhaps saved me money when we worked together on my business lease, the advice need to put together deals on the sale of business, and has always charged me fairly. I look forward to working again together on our latest project, enforcing the terms of the sale of my restaurant against a buyer who has breached the contract.
- Alec J Probst, President, Probst, Inc.
My parents, who are in their eighties, decided living in a California Senior Community was not for them. They decided to sell their condominium and move to West Maui. After advising them against such a rash act, I decided to get on board and help them make it happen. They sold their condo after accepting a cash offer, and within 45 days moved to a hotel in Lahaina and began looking for a condo to purchase. I flew in a few weeks later and only had 3 days to help them get established. On the very full agenda was a not so minor item, "revise and update all estate planning documents."
We arrived in Valentina's office as a group of strangers from the mainland with an improbable ask. She welcomed us warmly, interviewed my parents tactfully, and produced a full set of estate documents ready for their notarized signatures within a week. And we became friends. But the cake was yet to be iced. During the often challenging escrow period on the new Kaanapali condominium my parents decided to buy, that question came in "How do you want to hold title?"
I called her office and she came on the phone immediately. Use the Living Trust was the answer - I knew that - yeah right! Further, she offered to connect with the Loan Officer and the Escrow Officer and supply any needed document copies. And then she said "no charge." Are you kidding? We finally had our first disagreement! She's West Maui's legal Rock Star!
My wife and I are now looking for a Valentina clone back in California. We expect to be looking for a while. -Peter Piet, Orinda, CA
We worked with Valentina a few short years ago to get our family trust set up, and wills documented. The process of developing the trust was done very easily. She and her staff took care of the details, like re-recording the deed on the house, and everything was seamless on our end.
We came over for one single appointment to sign all the documents, and she provided a book with complete information of the trust and all documents of our wills. This book also included sealed envelopes including living wills, for quick retrieval, which, unfortunately, we had to grab on a medical scare a few months ago. (Thank goodness we didn’t need them though).
When it came to the trust creation and the wills, Valentina ensured everything was prepared neatly, simply and exactly to our wishes. What more could we ask for?
-Michael & Kathy Borelli, Haiku, HI
I want to thank Valentina for all her estate planning services which she so diligently performed for me and my life partner, Roger McQuary. The trust she set up for each of us was perfect, and proved to be when Roger suddenly passed away. Since then she has continued to outshine herself with my requests to settle things, flawlessly!! I have encouraged some worthy friends to seek the professional help of her firm in their estate planning needs.
Years ago when we first met at King Kamehameha III School in Lahaina, Maui, Valentina Stewart Watson offered to assist in putting my affairs in order. When it came time to secure my sons' inheritance, my thoughts were drawn to her sincere offer. In 2005 I contacted her office. During the follow up appointment I accepted her advice to pursue a revocable trust. Valentina's legal knowledge and kind manner instilled confidence. Her expertise and efficient management of the trust placed in my hands a thorough document. This legal and binding agreement protects my estate and sons' inheritance. In a related matter, Valentina spotted and cleared up what had been a longstanding defect in title to my real property and handled the consolidation of two parcels into one. For peace of mind and matters of the heart, Valentina's professionalism and personal touch lent itself generously and graciously.
Many mahalos to Valentina Stewart Watson for creating our will and living trust. My husband and I feel so much more confident that in a crisis this part of our lives is in order. She and her staff made it so easy for us. Thank you again.
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