Contentious Trusts & Estates

We are one of the few law firms in Hong Kong with a dedicated practice in contentious trusts and estates, combining our expertise in advising private clients in their wealth and estate planning and resolving any potential disputes among family members

Partner

Alfred Ip

Family disputes can take many different forms, from the traditional probate disputes to family company shareholder disputes. Clients who are involved in family disputes can only be benefited from experienced litigators who have extensive knowledge of both probates and trusts from both non-contentious and contentious perspectives.

Hong Kong families are generally familiar with using different assets holding structures (including off-shore structures) to hold their family assets, businesses, real estate and investment portfolios. However, such structures may have been set up without the assistance from professional advisors or may no longer be fit for purpose which can give rise to disputes. We have a deep understanding of the needs of our private clients and the dynamics of families, family businesses and personal relationships.

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References

How we can help you

  • Challenging the validity and enforceability of a Will
  • Dispute over who to be appointed as administrator of an estate, including appointment of independent professional estate administrator
  • Advising trustee and estate administrator in seeking directions from Court when beneficiaries are in dispute, in particular Beddoe application
  • Bringing/defending claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Ordinance
  • Disputes among family members as shareholders of assets holding vehicles for family wealth, with one party seeking to be brought out by accusing the controllers of the family company for oppression
  • Financial control of vulnerable clients (contentious committee applications) and Mental Health Ordinance applications

Advice

Our clients include private individuals, trust companies and professional administrators.

Our experience goes beyond Hong Kong and we work regularly with foreign law firms in multi-jurisdictional trust and estate dispute.

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