A rift in the first family of late gaming tycoon Stanley Ho Hung-sun deepened on Tuesday after his eldest surviving child distanced herself from her sister following legal action by the latter to register interest in their father’s estate in Hong Kong.In a statement issued through her lawyers, Angela Ho Chiu-yin said she and the rest of the first family did not support the caveat filed on June 5 by younger sister Deborah Ho, which she described as “completely irresponsible and inappropriate”.
The said caveat demanded that Deborah Ho’s lawyers be notified before the Probate Registry of the High Court in Hong Kong seals the official grant, which would name the administrator entitled to deal with the estate.
“Neither [Angela] nor any of the first family supports the recent action by Deborah, her sister, in the filing of a caveat,” the statement from the elder Ho read.
“Angela and the first family consider such filing to be completely irresponsible and inappropriate during this sensitive period and wishes to publicly distance herself from the actions of her sister.”
Angela Ho’s lawyer, Gordon Oldham, said she had no plans to file a similar notice at this stage and added that the family was not informed Deborah Ho would take such action. Oldham said he believed there was no urgency over the matter as probates took months, if not years in Hong Kong.
“It came out of the blue in a matter of days after Stanley Ho died,” Oldham told the Post.