Deed of Guardianship
In Hong Kong, you can change your name (or the name of your child) at any time by way of a deed poll. A deed poll is generally required if you wish to apply to have your name changed officially on documents like your Hong Kong Identify Card (HKID), passport or driving licence.
What is a Deed of Guardianship ?
A deed of guardianship is a legal document allowing parents (or current guardians) of a minor (aged 17 years old or below) to appoint, in advance, family members, and friends (or any other people) to act as the legal guardians for their child in the event of their death.
Appointing an Interim Guardian(s)
An interim guardian (also known as a temporary guardian) is appointed to take care temporarily of a minor until the said minor is in the custody of the permanent guardian appointed by the parents.
It is common for foreigners in Hong Kong to appoint local friends as interim guardians of their children in order to allow an easy transition whilst the overseas guardian travel to Hong Kong to take custody of the children. If the guardian is not in Hong Kong and there is no interim guardian appointed locally, the children would be in the custody of the Hong Kong SAR government until the guardian is able to reach Hong Kong.
Time and Fee Involved
A deed of guardianship can be prepared, executed and witnessed the same day you retain our firm. Our fee is HKD750 is per deed.
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