I thought I would drop you a line with some flattering news, I gave our Wills to an acquaintance of ours who does a lot of work on wills for a large group of Lawyers, I wanted to take out the word Thai in regards to probate as all our investments are in Australia, he said you can do it yourself by filling out a Codicil form, which I will do, the main reason for this email is to say he was extremely impressed to the high standard of our Wills, he went on to say the standard of our Wills was far higher than in Australia in fact he hasn’t seen better including the quality of the paper, so I thought I would pass on his comments to you and especially to Jeab (thai888 law Director) who I believe put our Wills together, it’s good to see that the work coming out of your office is world class, you should put this on your wall so prospective clients become aware of who they are dealing with.
Hope all is well with you and your Thai888 Law staff, we are keeping well over here, not doing much while this pandemic is around, Queensland is doing very well with no fresh cases for more than a month we are starting to see an ease of restrictions but until a vaccine comes along we all have to be very diligent, please give Jeab (Director) a hug from both of us and keep safe.
Corona Virus tough times to deal with a loved one passing. In the passed 2 weeks THai888 Law and Abroad Funerals have received calls from distraught families that, due to no flights, could not attend the funerals or cremation. We arranged everything to their wishes and provided a live video feed to them. Then docs we translated and sent to countries like Germany, Spain, UK, USA. The CV19 has certainly made things difficult however we are resourceful and received some very nice reviews about our work. We have a good team of people working together in this very difficult time and so contact us should you need us [email protected]
I am happy to say that Thai888 and Abroad are open and staff are fully employed. We are busy and have been rotating staff so that they can abide by the lockdown and visit their parents as 2 staff are now.
We have done 5 funerals in a week, all in the Pattaya area and NOT from corona virus but rather cancers. Still one of the leading causes of death around the World. With the lockdown it has been difficult to get to the Government Departments needed to supply the right documents to us.
Thai888 Law is proud to say that our last 2 Probate cases have been won based on our Will formats and our knowledge of “meta Data” in media. In short when you make a Will with us then we take your picture to prove that you were competent when you signed the document. If not and you should die then the courts may challenge the Testators competency.
Also I have a few nice recommendations for us CV19 and Thai888 Law Abroad Funerals Pattaya
Les Edmonds Probably the best law firm for honest impartial help & advice. Have total trust in them.2Delete, hide or report this
It is perfectly legal in Thailand to have a Living Will. However you need to be aware that it is a directive that you set up before hand to tell the doctors, hospital, staff NOT TO keep you alive on a machine, NOT TO force feed you, etc. It is not to tell the hospital that you are sick of living and want them to terminate your life by drugs or another method.
There are 2 legal conditions that activate the LW
You must be in a terminal phase of illness ie cancer and dying or brain dead after a stroke or accident. Health Act part 12.
The person you had sign your Will as the Surrogate must meet with the hospital and staff and show them the legal signed Living Will otherwise if no Will then you could remain on life support for a long time and this is expensive.
Spend small money to make a document to stop paying big money strapped to a machine later.
Read this artical from the Bangkok Post. The old age care home is something else and I know of a few around Pattaya and Hua Hin.
A stay in hospital could run at 70,000 baht per day and this will soon deplete your savings. This is not to say you should not be in hospital seeking treatment, however you might get the same treatment at another hospital much cheaper. But without having a directive of some kind there is no way your proxy can have you moved to a cheaper hospital. You are powerless.
Due to my business I cannot be in this state and so have personally left a Last and Living Will. Perhaps you should consider the worst case scenario to prepare for (and hope it never happens) but still you have the docs in place if needed. [email protected]
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.
Every Sunday at the Holiday inn the PCEC has breakfast and a guest speaker
Be there as no need to become a member
Thai888 Law & Abroad Funerals are at the PCEC every Sunday morning Holiday Inn Beach Road 10am.
If you have not been to a PCEC meeting then shame on you. It is in a beautiful venue with 3 large screens for slides of video to assist the speaker. I have done several presentations there and love it. Breakfast, if you want, is 250 baht, fresh bakery, juices, eggs, fruit, salad, bacon, noodles, etc. Membership if you want is around 400 baht per year and goes to running the club. Volunteers do most of the work.
Ren Lexander PCEC volunteer
Ren stood up to the plate when another Member Laurie passed away. Apart from a fantastic variety of guest speakers Ren is not shy with the microphone and presenting himself. This happened last Sunday where a scheduled guest speaker could not make it. Ren gave one of the best presentations of the year, if not the best. It was very informative and showed many different ways of thinking from the Thai people and Westerners.
As without one it can become a real issue for those left to arrange everything.
Making a Will is easy and not expensive. However for some reason more than half of people do not have one. It doesn’t matter how old you are or your health as things happen and unexpectedly too.
Most don’t understand the words I have used above let alone their how they work in a legal World.
Will Testament and the Law
Thai888 Law has designed a checklist for you so that you can understand who else is involved in your Will Testament. Of course there is you (Testator), what do you own (assets or estate (including your body), who you want to leave certain things to (Beneficiaries), who to contact (Next of Kin NOK) and who you want to manage everything after you die (Executor) as they need to take the matter to court (Probate).
Most documents are in Thai Language and most times these need to be translated. Sometimes, if documents need to be used in another country this needs to be done at a Consulate and then signed off by the Minister of Foreign Affairs. All Wills and the Executor must go to court to be given a court order (Grant of Probate) and with this document you can close bank accounts, sell/transfer land condo or house, transfer car or motorbike, send money overseas, collect insurance.
Free Will Checklist
This is just the beginning and helpful in knowing what documents and information you need to give us so we can write up your Will Testament for Thailand. Abroad Funerals and Thai888 Law offer your Will Testament in Thai and English and 2 copies with all of your information, possessions, family and friends contacts inside
most people get confused about this – check your passport and see – most have a non O visa –
The Immigration Bureau has announced that the mandatory health insurance requirement for foreigners applying for a one-year extension to stay based on a Non-Immigrant O-A visa will come into effect on Oct 31
The announcement was posted on the Immigration Bureau website yesterday (Oct 8), stating that the change in the Immigration regulations follows the Cabinet resolution made on April 2 this year.
Under the new rule, all foreigners applying for a one-year permit to stay on an O-A visa must have health insurance coverage for up to B40,000 for outpatient services and up to B400,000 for inpatient services.
The order, issued by Royal Thai Police Commissioner-General Chakthip Chaijinda on Sept 27, specifically states that the new rule comes into effect on Oct 31, 2019.
The order notes that health policies offering such coverage are already available at the website longstay.tgia.org
The order also states that policies issues by non-Thai insurance providers will be accepted as long as the B40,000 / B400,000 requirements are upheld. (See immigration order here. – keep scrolling down to see requirements in English.)
The accompanying documents published with the order yesterday as the redrafted regulations note that under Section 2.22 “In case of retirement”, the applicant must satisfy the same financial criteria as explained to The Phuket News by Phuket Immigration Deputy Chief Lt Col Archeep Jaroensuntisuk in February – namely that applicants must have evidence of receiving a monthly income of at least B65,000, OR have B800,000 in Thai bank account.
The order published full B800,000 must remain in the Thai bank account at least two months before the date of the application and at least three months after the application has been filed – and must never fall below B400,000 throughout the year. (See story here.)
Some say they dont have many assets but in reality you are the asset and should you pass away in Thailand as an alien then friends family and the various governments and the courts have to decide what to do with you. Sometimes things go like clock work and other times not. This is the nature of Murphys Law and what can go wrong at that time. Thai888 Law has years of experience in these matters and can assist you in writing a Will, Funeral Services, all the legals as the matter has to eventually go to court. Chasing down assets and returning them to the family or friends is what we do. It can take years but we normally win. Thanks to Dr. Ren for playing the witness and the PCEC for the fantastic job they do for expats in Pattaya.
Abroad Funerals is our newest venture in streamlining the system. Have been in this business for several years we have introduced many systems and standard operating procedures. This results in less time and money spent on running around double handling all the tasks. All you need to do is make a call or email, chat, LINE, Skype, Whatsapp to us and we can guide you through the whole process from making a Will to the funeral.
Beware of hidden costs
Abroad Funerals get many calls regarding the price. Many will tell you an extremely low price and you may commit to this. However, there are many costs that you will know about later on. Police, Embassy, Morgue, transport, fees. Then the temple has 1, 4, or 9 monks, flowers, casket, wreaths, ceremony, electricity, water for guests, flowers, incense, etc. After, there are court fees to get a grant, Embassy fees for translation, courier fees.
Together Thai888 Law & Abroad Funerals saves money
Most importantly it makes sense to give a small quotation fee in the beginning, however the costs will add up. Because when people hear 60,000 baht they are shocked but this is approx 1500 GBP or 1900 USD or 2800 AUD for everything regarding the Funeral costs. This is way below the cost of another country. Therefore, I guarantee you will save time and money by using our services.
SepiaTechnique a year ago "I was absolutely distraught at the thought of having to deal with my fathers funeral in Thailand, And I only had one week to get things sorted as I had to return to UK and my work! I didn't speak the language or know the law but Kelvin at thai888 law, was the most patient, kind and knowledgeable person who speaks English as well as having the benefits of his working partner being Thai, proved to be the most effective team going. I cannot recommend their services highly enough. Carrie"
I think Carrie's review sums it up perfectly. This emotional time when things need to be done and you're in the wrong space. It is a very legal process starting with the Embassy needing a document from the blood relative to release a letter to Abroad Funerals to start the funeral process.
English or Thai Language
Apart from everything being in Thai language you will need to be very patient with the locals as things are done differently in Thailand.
I hope you never get that unexpected call however if you do then simply contact us by email or phone and we can do everything for you.