Sorry to say that Tour groups have stopped coming to Thailand until the 4th Feb 2020 in an attempt to contain this virus.
I have been reading about it for a week now and in particular the CDC reports and some old SARS reports from people that were closely involved 17 years ago.
What can you do?
There are a combination of things however with a virus some advice is to wash your hand all the time. Try not to touch your face or eyes. I have been avoiding places that host tourists and tours ie hotels, tourist attractions, etc.
Personally, it reminds me that we will not be here forever and so get your house in order. Meaning that you should have documents that direct others to your wishes should something happen to you.
I know this sounds like a cheap plug for us and thats why I say you do not have to make your Wills with Thai888 Law. You can go anywhere but please make something.
If you dont know how to make one or what to say, contact me for a checklist.
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Abroad Funerals Pattaya Thailand
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living Will and last Will is a must have in Thailand – its much cheaper than laying in hospital racking up huge bills
Its only Jan and such bad news – air breathing mask
Wow trying to stay positive however the air quality is very very bad and so you should have a breathing mask if you are outside for any length of time.
Air purifier for home or office
These are good machines as they detect bad air and filter it – you will sleep better and also give your lungs 7-8 hours to recover.
Air pollution, Chinese Corona Virus, Economy
Not looking good at all – many expats doing it tough as their currency is down against the Thai Baht. This means some are cutting back on necessities. However you should make a Will – this is cheap compared to the costs incurred if you don’t have one
This is happening now. A young man laying in hospital in a coma from a bike accident. There is no Living Will or Thailand Last Will, therefore no one can make decisions about this young mans future. There is no next of kin (NOK) and so the Embassy has to nominate someone to make decisions for this man via a power of attorney POA. The person nominated may be simply getting on with their life and may not need this responsibility. They may not want to travel to Thailand to take care of this case. Because when you think of it there is added expense, work and family disruption, airfares/hotel/taxi/translator and doing extremely difficult legal work in Thailand. The cost per day in the ICU hospital is 70,000 baht per day however if this young man had of made a Living or Last Will then someone could have managed this situation. For example the patient could have been moved to another (international) hospital at 40,000 baht per day. But unfortunately this is not the case. No documents and the patient just lies there.
Last Will Living Will Thai888 Law
Making a Last or Living Will is not about age as this person is in his 40’s and I have another friend in hospital with a stroke (age 43) – If you are riding a motor bike in Then this is the number 1 killer on the roads – you are gambling and need to make preparations with a Will – its not expensive. You may say “oh I dont have anything” and this is not true. You have your body and if something happens like the above someone needs to make decisions for you.
You may think “oh its easier for someone else to look after” not true as the situation above is costing 70,000 baht per day. This burden belongs to someone
thai888.com is our registered domain name and we have mail for all our staff with @thai888.com, with a catch all account of firstname.lastname@example.org. Yet the powers that be on the internet insist that we also certify our domain. Why? as anyone can simply look up who owns the domain for which we pay hosting charges every year.
expired domain thai888.com
at the start of 2020 i received notice that thai888.com was a dangerous site and people should enter at their own risk, really? I suppose this is what happens when the search engine practically owns the internet.
thai888.com is up and running and is safe
as well as thailand8888.com, thai888law.com and a few others. All owned by thai888 Law Company so dont be fooled as its just the search engines insisting on having things their way and its wrong given that we are properly registered
2019 was a great year for Thai888 Law and Abroad Funerals Pattaya
Why? Because our business grew through networking and the trust that the Expat community put in us. We helped many people in 2019, some that couldn’t travel to Thailand for whatever reason. Unfortunately we lost a few friends on the way to 2020. As friends we took the burden of decision making from them and arranged the Embassy pre funeral work, the funeral and sea ashes burial, then court Probate. It was my duty to act for the deceased as their Executor (manager of the Will property). Some members of the Pattaya City Expats Club passed away and Abroad Funerals managed everything for the friends and family.
The LGBT Community
a large part of our business was from the LGBT community as many were wanting to look after their partners should something happen to them. A Will Testament was prepared to cover the partner in the event that something happened to the Testator (owner of the properties/bank accounts). The issues were somewhat complex in that the Testator had overseas assets as well and in the case of the UK Government HMCT demands disclosure of assets overseas. (contact us should you want more info on this). The UK adds assets to the UK assets and then if appropriate taxes the combined assets. Sometimes up to 40%. The USA has just released their new grab on Death Tax as well and you can read up on it here – Please contact us should you be planning your Will and looking after your loved ones email@example.com
Thai888 Law criminal charges
please be aware that if you are working under the radar then most probably you will get court and therefore you should have bond available for your release before your court appearance. Christmas day saw a man charged with importing a controlled substance and selling it. His charges were compounded as he had no bail money and offered his business up. Things got worse as he didn’t have a Work Permit and so other charges were laid. At the moment he sits in jail and after his sentence is served he will be deported and blacklisted.
Presentation by Kelvin Bamfield at the PCEC 2019
it was my pleasure to give another talk in 2019 at the PCEC on Murphy’s Law and the Law. Many don’t realise the legal framework when a foreigner dies in Thailand and if the right documents aren’t in place then it becomes a legal minefield. One case I resigned as the Executor as i felt the situation was not legal or ethical. I believe the estate is still being fought over. Other cases are moving along slowly as a few are dealing with the UK where after 5 years one estate is still not finished. Another case I have to go to Chiang Mai a few times to request the court to decide on the validity of 2 Wills and which one is legal making the other one void.
2020 start of the decade and you
I would request that as a foreigner living in Thailand that you think about your legal position here. Some say making a Will is bad luck or that “I don’t own anything so I don’t have to worry”. This is misguided as someone has to manage things when you die. You’re partner has to be looked after. Someone has to pay the bills. Several times the family overseas has contacted me not knowing what to do? and most times they advance some money to get the funeral / cremation arranged. They can be paid from what is in the estate after all is said and done. DONT be shy here and make a plan with Abroad Funerals Pattaya. We don’t do pre-paid funerals as there are no trusts or ESCROW accounts in Thailand to secure the funds.
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