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The

Continuo Circle

Be forever remembered for igniting the passion for orchestral music for many generations to come

Make your will in 30 minutes

 

A Will-From-Home

Simply tell us your wishes through our online form, or call our hotline from the comfort of your home.

 

When the will is ready, it will be mailed directly to you for signing. Quick and stress-free.

We will arrange a lawyer to write the will for you. This is to ensure that your wishes are accurately reflected in your will. After receiving the will, all you need to do is sign it together with two witnesses to make the will legally binding. *

*Each witness must be aged 18 or over, and they (or their spouse) should not be a beneficiary under your will.

Written by Lawyers

 

Leave behind a story like no other

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Mr Daniel Ng (1937-2013)

 

Classical music and visual arts lover

Always a classical music and visual art lover, Mr. Daniel Ng (board member of the HK Phil 2006 – 2013) remembered the HK Phil in his estate with a special gift – a still-life oil painting of a violin by Flemish artist Edwaert Collier.

 

This gift not only reflected Mr. Ng’s passion for both art forms, but also his care towards the music organisation he cherished. The proceeds from his gifts was invested in a fund to support the education work of the HK Phil.

 

The HK Phil is grateful for Mr. Ng’s kindness and generosity.

Mr. Wong (aged 48)

Mr. Wong (aged 48)

Parent to 3 dogs Dogs are my life! They are my playmates, soulmates, and family. I can’t bear the sight of abandoned dogs... [Click to read on]

Ms Lee (aged 53)

Ms Lee (aged 53)

Domestic violence survivor There was a time when I had to live in fear every day. My ex-husband would beat me leaving me in wounds and tears. My biggest concern was the safety of my daughter... [Click to read on]

Mrs. Ma (aged 36)

Mrs. Ma (aged 36)

Daughter of cancer survivor My mom passed away from cancer when she was my age. It was a big blow to me... [Click to read on]

What do you care about?

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You are a big fan of classical music. You've lost count of the number of wonderful evenings spent in the Cultural Centre's Concert Hall, a favourite spot of yours filled with amazing, melodious memories.

 

Or perhaps, as a young student, you have seen first-hand how the masters play music, an experience that has transformed your life and soul.

 

Does the above sound familiar? If so, you have lived the HK Phil's vision. The HK Phil believes it is important to inspire through the finest music-making. As Asia’s foremost classical orchestra, it is the HK Phil's mission to perform music which attracts and engages with people of all ages, and which makes Hong Kong proud.

 

Now you can make music part of your legacy. By leaving a gift to the HK Phil in your will (which you could do in your name or in honour of a loved one), you are helping to ignite the passion in musical arts in future youngsters and aspiring musicians. You will also become a member of The Continuo Circle - a recognition from the HK Phil exclusively reserved for those who are making an impact to the development of musical arts for generations to come.

Some people come into our lives, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never the same.

– Schubert

Leaving a gift in your will to a charity could make a big difference.

 

What would be your reasons for making a gift?

Be Remembered

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Make a mark in history. Pass on your passions, values and beliefs to future generations.

Support a Cause

Continue to fight for the cause you believe in, and make the world a better place.

Honour a Loved One

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Make the gift in the name of someone you care deeply about, symbolising a forever token of love.

 

Make your most impactful gift today.

Please contact our organisation if you have any questions about writing your will:

Phone: +852 5468 3635

Please contact the HK Phil's Development Department if you wish to know more about their mission and work:

Phone: +852 2721 2636

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What does a will do?


A will is important regardless of how much assets you have. On one hand your can provide support for your loved ones, and make gifts to organisations you support. On the other hand, having a will ensures that your wishes are made clear to friends and family, reducing the chances of future disputes, and the unnecessary pressure and costs involved.




What happens if I don't write a will?


如果生前沒有訂立遺囑,遺產分配安排會跟從法定先後次序,而你心目中的受益人未必得到如你所願的分配。 Your assets will be shared out following the legal rules of intestacy. This means the beneficiaries you have in mind may not receive the distribution of assets as you may have wished.




Is my will legally binding?


To make your will legally binding, you need to sign a hardcopy of the will that we provide to your address, alongside two witnesses. Both witnesses must be 18 years old or above. They or their spouses should not be beneficiaries under your will. It is also important that both witnesses watch you sign your will at the same time, and then add their own details and signatures to the will. If your will is ever contested in the future, your witnesses can testify that they watched you sign your will.




What if I already have a will? Can I revise the will by adding a gift to a charity?


The most straightforward way is to make a brand new will. Make sure you destroy the old will to avoid confusion in the future. You can also send us your existing will. We will arrange a lawyer to add a provision that specifies how you want to gift a charity or charities of your choice. Depending on the circumstances the lawyer may charge a fee for this service.




Can I call you to make a will, instead of filling in a form?


Yes, okease reach us on +852 5468 3635 so we can arrange a representative to assist you.




Can I choose not to leave any gifts to charities?


Gifts in wills are very important to many charities. Your gift matters a lot in terms of supporting the organisation's future and the possibility of carrying out more meaningful initiatives. If you would like a better world for our future generations, please do consider leaving a gift in your will.




What steps do I need to take after receiving the lawyer-drafted will?


After receiving your will in the mail, you need to sign a hardcopy of the will that we provide to your address, alongside two witnesses. Both witnesses must be 18 years old or above. They or their spouses should not be beneficiaries under your will.




Who should I pick as witnesses to my will?


A witness could be a friend, neighbour, colleague or anyone else who is above the age of 18. Make sure the witness or his/her spouse are not beneficiaries under your will.




How many witnesses are required to sign on my will?


Two. Both witnesses must be 18 years old or above. They or their spouses should not be beneficiaries under your will. It is also important that both witnesses watch you sign your will at the same time, and then add their own details and signatures to the will. If your will is ever contested in the future, your witnesses can testify that they watched you sign your will.




Are there any people who I should not pick as witnesses to my will?


Anyone who benefits from your will should not be a witness. This includes:

  • Beneficiaries named in your will (e.g. if your will specifies that your daughter will receive your assets, then your daughter should not be a witness).
  • Spouses of your beneficiaries (e.g. if your will specifies that your daughter will receive your assets, your daughter's husband should not be a witness to your will).




Where should I store my will?


After signing your will, you need to keep it somewhere safe. Most people choose to keep their will alongside other important documents, in a filing cabinet, drawer or a safety deposit box at a bank. It is also important that you tell your executors where your will is stored, so they can easily find it when the time comes.




When should I update my will?


We recommend reviewing your will every two years. This is to make sure that any changes in your circumstances are reflected in your will. This includes things like:

  • You have a new child or grandchild
  • You get engaged, married or divorced
  • You move house
  • You buy or sell any property
  • You inherit money or property
  • Any one of your executors, beneficiaries or guardians dies
  • You want to change any beneficiaries
  • You want to add a specific gift or message to someone you love




Is it possible to change my will in the future?


Absolutely. If there are any changes in your circusmatcnes, which should be reflected in your will, we suggest that you make a brand new will. Make sure you destroy the old will to avoid confusion in the future.





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