Welcome to The HIP Talks podcasts, a series of discussions about current legal issues hosted by Hugill & Ip Solicitors. We are a young independent law firm but with decades of experience providing bespoke legal advice and exceptional client service to individuals, families, entrepreneurs and businesses, both in Hong Kong and internationally. www.hugillandip.com
Our Family team: Frances Tsang
Frances specialises in family law: divorce and separations as well as children custody, care and control. She also represents clients in matters related to inheritance provisions for dependants.
Learn more: https://www.hugillandip.com/solicitors/frances-tsang/
Family: The Adoption Process in Hong Kong
Frances Tsang and Raphael Wong discuss key elements related to adoption: criteria and procedures for adopting, the difference between doing an adoption privately or through the Social Welfare Department, getting consent following a court application, and the effects of adoption. They also highlight cases and first-hand experience in recent years.
01:03 Different types of adoption
05:16 Consent and restrictions
16:27 Adoption by same-sex couples
17:51 The role of the Social Welfare Department
23:25 Overseas relocation
Learn more: https://www.hugillandip.com/2023/01/podcast-s4e4-family-the-adoption-process-in-hong-kong/
Our Family team: Raphael Wong
Raphael specializes in Family and Private Client practice, including matrimonial, Probate & Trusts – both contentious and non-contentious. Learn more: https://www.hugillandip.com/solicitors/raphael-wong/
Meet our team: Jacqueline Cheng
Jacqueline assists clients with non-contentious cross-jurisdictional probate and estate administration legal matters, as well as estate planning and drafting wills for high net-worth individuals.
Learn more about her: https://www.hugillandip.com/solicitors/jacqueline-cheng/
Contentious Trusts & Estates
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 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.
Get more insights about our Contentious Trusts & Estates: https://www.hugillandip.com/legal-services/contentious-trusts-estates/
Contentious Trusts & Estates: Family Disputes Involving Companies
Alfred Ip and Geraint Ho discuss how family businesses and asset-holding companies can add another layer of complexity to family wealth disputes. They share common scenarios of wealth disputes and some of tips on how to best avoid these situations when setting up a family company or when planning its generational succession.
00:57 The purpose of asset-holding vehicles
06:36 Family business and generational succession
11:06 Articles of Association
13:55 Common family business disputes
18:18 Valuation of a business
20:04 The importance of proper Estate Planning
Learn more: https://www.hugillandip.com/2022/10/podcast-s4e3-contentious-trusts-estates-family-disputes-involving-companies/