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Jeremy Aldermartin, Solicitor
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Is it lawful for a third party to hold letters between a a

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Is it lawful for a third party to hold letters between a a deceased father and son containing privileged information against the wishes of the son. And can that third party use that information without the consent of the son?
Assistant: Where is this? It matters because laws vary by location.
Customer: Hong Kong which relies on English law
Assistant: What steps have been taken so far?
Customer: I’m the son and executor and trustee of my fathers estate. They were taken away by a family member without my consent and the person refuses to return them in spite of several requests to do so. Is it not improper for this person to resort to this?
Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: Not at this point
Customer: replied 30 days ago.
Taken away without my consent or knowledge
Customer: replied 30 days ago.
Taken away from the family home after my fathers death

Hi thank you for your message, I am qualified in England so you would need to confirm with a local lawyer in HK but I am aware that Hong Kong follows the English Common Law tradition, so the principles are likely to be similar. If the letters were taken without consent and against the wishes of the deceased's will for example then this is likely to constitute theft and therefore be illegal. If the family member will not return the letters therefore, you should consider reporting them to the police and the threat of this may cause them to return the letters. I hope this helps - if you can please accept the answer and give me a 5 star rating (there should be a button on your screen to do this) and Just Answer will credit me for helping you today

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