As the Scouts’ motto says: “Be Prepared!” Putting one’s affairs in order is something many people keep postponing, just like tidying up at home! However, we should all think about putting our affairs in order while we are young and healthy enough to do so in order to protect our loved ones, and in some cases even ourselves, in the event that anything should happen to us. This doesn’t necessarily mean death. It could be serious illness or incapacity to express our wishes.
Through a case study giving practical examples, our seminar will provide a brief overview of three documents that can be put in place to express intentions which we wish to be carried out in the event of something happening to us: Wills (in the event of death), Enduring Powers of Attorney (in the event of inability to manage our own affairs) and Advance Directives (in the event of inability to express our wishes for medical treatment or non-treatment due to serious illness). Once we have made appropriate arrangements, we can live life to the full, carefree in the knowledge that we are prepared for the future. So this so-called “putting one’s house in order” is a positive step, not a negative one. It allows us to relax and enjoy life because we are prepared.
Transportation: From Sheung Wan MTR exit A2, walk up Hillier St., turn right at Queen’s Road, Erba is just a short way further west on the same side of the road. From Central buses 101, 104, 90B, 37A all go there (get off at Hollywood Terrace and cross the road). Click here to view the map.
About the Speakers
Susan Lavender, SM & Co in association with Gianni Origoni Grippo Cappelli & Partners
Susan is a Consultant Solicitor at SM & Co, a local Hong Kong law firm which has a formal association with the major Italian law firm Gianni Origoni Grippo Cappelli’s Hong Kong office (“GOPHK”). Prior to joining SM & Co, Susan worked as a Business Consultant for GOPHK and she continues to work closely with the firm through its formal association with SM & Co. Prior to joining GOPHK, Susan worked for several international law firms in Hong Kong, dealing predominantly with Italian clients. She assisted in setting up the first representative office of an Italian law firm in the PRC and has worked as Regional In-house Legal Counsel for a major Italian multi-national and as a Canadian Federal Adjudicator in immigration matters.
Alfred Ip, Partner at Oldham Li & Nie
Alfred qualified as a solicitor in Hong Kong in 2000 and was made partner in the Dispute Resolution team in 2007. Alfred assists high net-worth individuals (HNWIs) in handling their family wealth-related issues, such as contentious and non-contentious trust and probate, mental capacity, family office, amongst other wealth management matters. On non-contentious side, Alfred acts as an administrator in international estate, and is appointed by Court as an administrator in estate disputes. Alfred also advises and assists professional administrators in estate administration. On the contentious side, Alfred acts for parties in probate actions, seeking reliefs from propounding the Will to removing an executor/administrator. He also seeks Court directions for clients in estate administration, such as disclosure of account and declaratory relief.
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