I am a Singaporean citizen and a Hong Kong permanent resident working in Hong Kong. I am in the process of drawing up my will, to be signed in Singapore. I am single, with no immediate family in Hong Kong, and my executor will be based in Singapore.
My assets in Hong Kong would be my MPF, should I die or not leave Hong Kong before I'm 65, and the monies/shares in my sole bank account.
I was told by my MPF trustee that a letter of probate granted by the Hong Kong courts would be required for an MPF claim on death. The claim can be made via post.
For release of money, my bank would require application of a certificate of balance at a bank branch (upon provision of death certificate, proof of relationship and applicant identification), followed by furnishing of letter of probate from relevant government departments at a bank branch.
Is it advisable that I do up a will in Hong Kong specifically for my MPF and bank account monies?
Whether or not I make a will in Hong Kong, would a Hong Kong lawyer appointed by my executor be able to handle the grant of probate and bank closure procedure, without my executor flying over to Hong Kong several times?