Previously we had difficulty in acting under Power of Attorney POA for the Executor of a Will. The Judge mostly insisted on have that person fly in, stay in a hotel, get a translator, etc. But all that is changed now with the video links to the court
The only real issue is time
Thai888 Law appears in court at 9am and waits for the judge. However the person giving testimony from another country may have a large time difference and its AM for them. However it can be done and we have arranged this 10 times or more.
In the court are the Judge (or Judges), the lawyer, the translator and the person that may become the POA
Normally all goes well and the technology works.
This is a win win as many 1000s of dollars are save by no flights, hotels, etc. and because of the dreaded covid, it appears to meet the guidelines for the Laws of Thailand
SORRY I had to remove the image of the court system
My work is made simple as Thai888 Law and Abroad Funerals has qualified staff to do the work for you. Corona has made it difficult in some ways.
We have in house qualified Lawyers, Funeral staff, Embassy contacts, police, hospital contacts and can arrange the cremation funeral repatriation by our own Abroad Funerals Company.
Corona Virus has destroyed 1000’s of businesses and peoples lives. For many months now many of our clients could not fly in to enjoy their condos, have a holiday, organise and attend a funeral for a friend or family member. It has been tragic and heart wrenching for many not being able to attend the farewell. Plus many pubs where people could meet for the “wake” were closed and so there were no stories and memories told.
Over the past year the families have asked me to do the speeches at the funeral cremation ceremony. Family and friends would send me emails of there friends life and funny times for me to read. My staff checked temperatures and wore masks and had the chairs spaced apart as per the law. As family and friends could not attend we did live video streaming and their reaction / feedback was wonderful (although there were up to 12 hours time differences). At least the family could see the farewell, the beauty of Thai temples that did the ceremony, the monks chanting and the water ceremony. On some occasions we even had Thai traditional dancing.
The main thing is that all can be arranged through us with a few calls and now with WhatsApp, Skype, LINE, Messenger, we can talk about the families wishes and all for free. Also, sending documents we need instantly for the family to print sign, scan and send back to us, is such am incredible advancement in technology.
Probate is where Thai888 applies to the court to manage the estate of the deceased
Due to Covid the courts have been closed for some months now and this has delayed many court applications and decisions. Before we could wait 3 months to get a court date and now this maybe longer. If this is the case and I am the Executor of the Will I personally advance the money to the hospital and all other bills that come in as we cannot wait to make the funeral happen. In some cases the family will transfer the money to us to clear the bill so that we can get all the documents we need to allow the funeral to progress.
One thing I have noticed is that due to Covid the amount of documentarian needed has increased and so please use an Executor to manage your Will properly as otherwise settlement will be delayed. Thai888 can be your Executor and please don’t listen to urban myths about Lawyers stealing all the assets as there are many laws to protect the Will, the Executor, the estate and Beneficiaries.
All Wills and the Executor have to be cleared by the court by testimony and then the court gives a Grant of Probate to unwind the estate and sell things, transfer property, close bank accounts.
The courts have made this process easier as the Executor is normally required to attend court however with Covid and not being able to fly in a Power of Attorney (POA) may be used instead.
It is a very complicated matter with the Police release, Hospital release, Embassy, Consulate, Letter of Release, transport, temple, cremation certificate, City Hall Death Certificate, translation, return of ashes. And this is just for the cremation. Probate is another matter and so take it seriously and do it the right way to save any issues or someone contesting the Will or the Executor. www.thai888.com https://www.facebook.com/pcecclub.org/photos/3521702087950845
How to write a bad Will
Idiots guide to Will writing
The story is all to familiar in that a person to save a few bucks writes the Will themselves.
There are very specific legal terms like Testator, Beneficiary, Executor, Witnesses and if you dont know what they mean then dont write your own Will
Many English have accounts in the neighbouring countries to try to avoid the dreaded “Death Duties ” taxes of the United Kingdom and so in wanting to get the most return on money people save it in a tax haven country like the Isle of Man, Sheffield, Singapore, Hong Kong etc.
However the tax man has great patients and can wait until you die. Then the document you wrote comes into play to get the assets you worked so hard for and saved.
If the docs are not correct then your Beneficiary cannot get any of the assets you worked and saved. These offshore banks sit there while the Beneficiary or the Executor make challenges to get the money. They do not have to work with you and may ignore you.
It may take years.
You definitely will need legal assistance as there are many forms designed to find all the money and assets anywhere in the WORLD.
When writing your Will you should be aware of keeping assets in each country in a seperate Will – its not that expensive and will save thousands in legal bills and TAX.
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.
Thai888 Law Company did not know we were listed on Juridipedia and so thank you for whoever did this. It shows we have 4 x 5 star ratings and so this does not take into account our Google stars as well.
Thank you and we look forward to your inquiries as we are the only combined legal and Abroad Funeral Services in Thailand. If you have ever done a funeral you will know all the legal red tape needed before a funeral cremation can take place. Thai888 Law does everything for you and deals with the police, building manager, transport to hospital and onto the forensic lab in Bangkok, consulate and embassy requirements, next of kin, court, probate, repatriation of remains and assets. All in the Thai language. With our Australian CEO this makes things a lot easier. Plus now that there are no flights into Thailand you can do all this remotely from your country – a few phone calls then use LINE, SKYPE, MESSENGER, WHATSAPP to get docs here and there. Book mark us for the future as we handle all forms of law.
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
This link is about a young couple and although married the husband had the mortgage loan in his name and NO WILL. Thai888 Law CEO does regular talks on why you need a Will.
In every presentation I do I request people to make a Will and they normally say I don’t have anything to benefit anyone – Well how wrong you can be as everyone has spent their life building something. Whether it be a bank account, a house, a business, a family it has taken years of hard sweat and time invested. Just being you on 100’s of databases needs fixing other wise bills could still be coming in and someone has to pay them!
The story below is tragic and as I tell my staff at Thai888 Legal – you need to think like a bank to fix probate problems – don’t think with your heart as the banks and other corporations don’t. They simply want their money and don’t care about you, the kids or where you end up.
Below is a classic example on why you need a Will and Testament and preferably one for Thailand and one for your country where some other assets might be. Thai888 Law can make a Will for you and have it Notarised for your country and its perfectly legal. For a checklist just click here and email me. Its free so don’t worry.