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We remind you to stay vigilant to fraudulent phone calls and correspondence claiming to be from our office. We will not normally make calls to members of the public through the hotline. We will not make phone calls or write to members of the public to ask them to provide personal information or make any payment. As our hotline is operated by a central telephone system, the hotline number 2835 2500 will not be displayed. If you have any doubt, please contact our staff for verification or please call the Hong Kong Police Anti-Deception Coordination Centre 24-hour Anti-Scam Helpline 18222 for enquiry. For details, please browse the following press releases –

Press release dated 8 October 2019

Press release dated 26 July 2019

Press release dated 28 April 2017

Press release dated 5 April 2017

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Powers of the Secretary for Home and Youth Affairs

Introduction

  1. This section aims to introduce in simple terms the powers provided to the Secretary for Home and Youth Affairs under the Probate and Administration Ordinance (Cap.10). The section has no legal effect. In case of queries, readers are advised to consult lawyers or seek legal advice through the Free Legal Advice Scheme administered by the Duty Lawyer Service. Appointments for meeting with duty lawyer under the Free Legal Advice Scheme may be made at the Home Affairs Enquiry Centres of the Home Affairs Department.

    Enquiry Hotline : 2835 2500
    Website : http://www.had.gov.hk/en/public_services/public_enquiry_services/provided.htm#4

  1. The estate of the deceased person refers to his assets and liabilities in Hong Kong as at the date of death. Under the Probate and Administration Ordinance, assets means assets in the form of real property or personal property situated in Hong Kong; and liabilities means liabilities contracted by the deceased person in Hong Kong to persons ordinarily resident in Hong Kong or any other liabilities contracted by the deceased person and charged on any of his property situated in Hong Kong.

Powers of the Secretary for Home and Youth Affairs

  1. To facilitate the management of the estate of a person who died on or after 11 February 2006 before the application for summary administration, a grant of representation or sealing of a foreign grant (i.e. a grant issued by a foreign court of probate) in respect of such an estate, the Secretary for Home and Youth Affairs is empowered under the Probate and Administration Ordinance (Cap. 10) to provide upon application the following services for estate beneficiaries -

    1. for the administration of a small estate made up of money not exceeding $50,000 in aggregate value, to issue a Confirmation Notice exempting persons dealing with the small estate from the intermeddling provisions;
    2. to issue a Certificate for Necessity of Release of Money to meet funeral expenses of the deceased person or maintenance of former dependants of the deceased person;
    3. if the deceased person rented a bank deposit box, to issue a Certificate for Necessity of Inspection of Bank Deposit Box and to send officers to witness the inspection of the safe deposit box and preparation of a signed inventory by the estate beneficiary; and
    4. to issue an Authorization for Removal from Bank Deposit Box to enable the estate beneficiaries or the surviving renters to remove specified document or articles from the safe deposit box.

Powers delegated to the Director of Home Affairs

  1. Since the abolition of estate duty on 11 February 2006, the Commissioner of Inland Revenue, under the delegated authority from the Secretary for Home and Youth Affairs, had provided the relevant services to the estate beneficiaries. With effect from 1 April 2007, under the delegated authority from the Secretary for Home and Youth Affairs, the Director of Home Affairs takes over from the Commissioner of Inland Revenue the provision of various services for estate beneficiaries through the establishment of an "Estate Beneficiaries Support Unit".