Making a will is an important decision for anyone, but it is especially important for expats.

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This is because expats often have assets in multiple countries, and the laws governing inheritance can vary from country to country.

If you die without a will, your assets may be distributed according to the laws of the country in which you die. This means if you are not officially married your partner may not receive any benefit.

This may not be the way you want your assets to be distributed, and it could lead to a lot of confusion and conflict among your loved ones.This may not be the way you want your assets to be handled, and it could lead to a lot of confusion and conflict among your loved ones.

A will allows you to specify who you want to get (inherit) your assets, and it also allows you to appoint a guardian for your children if you die while they are still minors. This is called the controller of property and Thai888 Law is in the process of starting up a Foundation to assist in these matter.
A will can also help to ensure that your assets are distributed quickly and efficiently after your death. Normally applying to the courts and settlement could take 6 months.

Here are some of the specific benefits of making a will as an expat:

  • You can specify who you want to inherit your assets. This includes both your loved ones and any charities or organizations that you support.
  • You can appoint a guardian for your children if you die while they are still minors. This at the moment is a Controller of Property and its not entirely a good situation as this person may also die. This will ensure that your children are cared for by someone you trust. Our Foundation is being set up to do this.
  • You can choose the way in which your assets are distributed. For example, you can choose to leave your assets to your loved ones in equal shares, or you can leave a larger share to one person. Or a charity or a foundation that can manage the assets into the future.
  • You cannot avoid the probate process in Thailand. The probate process is time-consuming and can be expensive, and it can also be emotionally draining for your loved ones. Especially if the will is badly written and contested in court. A will can help to streamline the probate process and make it easier for your loved ones to inherit your assets.
  • Banks. the Land Office, the Embassy, property in your own country, pensions, savings etc. all require a document from the court (a Grant of Probate) to release these properties to the people you want to give them to.

If you are an expat, it is important to make a will as soon as possible. This will help to ensure that your assets are distributed according to your wishes, and it will also help to protect your loved ones after your death.

Here are some tips for making a will as an expat:

  • Choose an attorney who is familiar with the laws of the country in which you live. This would be award winning Thai888 Law, also dealing in international probate matters.
  • Make sure that your will is in writing and that it is signed and witnessed by two people. In Thailand this is normally in Thai and English so all parties can understand it.
  • Keep your will in a safe place where your loved ones can find it after your death. Normally a copy is held in Thai888 Law offices.
  • Review your will regularly to make sure that it still reflects your wishes. Should you buy or sell any assets we simply attach this to your will, free of charge.

Making a will is an important step in estate planning, and it is especially important for expats. By following these tips, you can ensure that your will is valid and that your wishes will be carried out after your death.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

You need to contact me mailto:[email protected] NOW.

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I tend to forget sometimes that I am dealing with real living people and their emotions and bodies. Making a Will or enforcing a Living Will after doing it hundreds of times makes it sometimes impersonal and robot-like. After all, it is a legal document. But for some they want their legacy to live on through a charity or helping their Thai partner, their family or sometimes even the gardener or the cook.

When a Will is made it normally stats that the person making it is of sound mind. However, my experience lately is that some of my clients have or are developing Alziemers. These people are elderly and living alone.

Alzheimer’s is a dreadful decease and most debilitating. And the worst is that each day it shows and the person forgets many things, even why they are in my office.

The disease gets to a point where the person needs 24-hour care. Care that is not really available in Thailand and so the person takes whatever assistance they can get. Someone to just be there in case.

The carer may mean well but they have no experience in looking after someone with Alzheimer’s. None.

I am not saying this of all carers but one client has an awful lot of money missing from their account. The carer was given the PIN number and access as sometimes the client cannot get out of bed and needs supplies. Each day several withdrawals have been made.

A lot of trust is needed here. It’s not easy and what else can one do in this situation?

If you know someone in this position then get them to make a Will whilst they are still competent.

Also, try to make them understand that someone needs to look after their accounts, someone trustworthy.

If the person has a large estate or more than 2 bank accounts, get them to start reducing all things down to a manageable size. 2 bank books – 1 fixed interest and the other day to day should be enough. And don’t forget the 800K in the bank for Immigration. And to go every 90 days and to apply for your visa every 12 months.

Not easy when you can’t remember much at all.

I did not ever expect this to be part of my job. However, I can help in a few ways. I am the controller of property for may clients, meaning that should something happen I can control the asset if it is for a person under 20 years old.

I can help if you have a Living Will or the Last Will and I am the Executor.

I cannot help if you have nothing in place and no next of kin.

Therefore I ask you to make a Will and make sure that a trusted 3rd party has your access codes and PIN numbers – and I don’t mean the gardener or the cook as the temptation is too great.

Please act on this before its too late. [email protected]

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22nd Jan 2019 I did a presentation at the http://German Church Pattaya 

I opened the talk with a comparison to Insurance for house, condo, car, health, life as we all pay for these to lower the costs later on.

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However when you land in hospital then there is no control over costs for keeping you alive when there is no hope of recovery. A Living Will can stop the hospital keeping you alive on a machine at a daily cost. You could be kept alive on a machine for a very long time while the family has an moral and ethical issue with unplugging you from the life support.

The subject on how do I make a Living Will is a legal one as it comes under the Health Code Section 12 where by it is permitted to withhold intervention by medical staff if you are in a state where you cannot recover or in a terminal state and cannot recover. It is not Euthanasia. As far as I know there are only a few countries that allow this and Australia is one of them.

No one wants to talk about Living Wills as it is a most unpleasant subject and should you be named as the person that tells the hospital to withhold treatment then you have a big task and responsibility ahead of you.

It is not easy particularly as there is a legal signed Living Will, the Doctors Hippocratic Oath and your religious convictions. All with a different opinion.

One issue that has come up recently is that when someone has a Living Will and ends up in hospital ICU? In this case as soon as possible the hospital must be made aware of the wishes of the person that made the Living Will and that it is legal and in place.

I suggested to the audience yesterday that in your passport you have a card of Thai888 Law or write in the back that you have a Living Will and do not resuscitate DNR. As the first thing authorities look for is the passport and then it will be in plain sight for them.

There is a format for the Living Will and should you want to make one then contact me on mailto:[email protected]  

Thai Living Will in Thai and English – there are several pages.