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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.
Make an appointment to see me asap. [email protected]
I am English speaking Australian making life easier for you
thanks regards kelvin
You need a Will Testament in Thailand.
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
Contact us now on [email protected]
Thai888 Law have upgrade out Living Will format to Switzerland standards. There is now a indemnity disclaimer to cover the Surrogate and the medical staff. Also a clause that allows the hospital to give “the Surrogate” the Testators hospital records. Please see Thai888 Law and Funeral Services should you want to make a Thai Living Will. Hospitals in the Chonburi area have confirmed our Living Wills comply with Thai Law Statute 12 and will accept it. However they request that you make and sign a copy of your passport and submit it to the hospital with your Living Will to put on file.
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.
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.
Our client wanted to post this however did not have a Google account and so they have allowed me to post it here.
Hello again Mr. Bamfield,
It is my pleasure to hear from you again, and my honor to write a review for you. I am going to send you the review, in red, in this email, for you to look over.
So my question to you is: is there somebody in your Thai888 Law and Funeral Services Company / office that can post this review using their Google account? My review is truly heartfelt, and will come across as such, so I do not think that the user name would be an issue. I think any first name would be fine, without the need to use a last name. If that is a problem, I will get another SIM card and open the Google account. I want to do this and I will get it done, so please inform on this point.
Here is the review. I put much thought into this because I wanted the review to have an impact.
Thank you also for the Pattaya City expat club recommendation. I will urge Diane to attend it on Sunday (I am currently in Rayong, as Diane went to Pattaya for an art class).
Attorneys, dentists, and mechanics : We all need them, but negative stereotypes and past experiences have led us to subconsciously to avoid them, until absolutely necessary. As overseas expats, this problem is compounded by both the language barrier and general unfamiliarity of being in a foreign country.
In the West, people hold their breath nervously, as each second that passes in consultation with a lawyer costs serious money (along with any follow-up correspondence from even low level people). The exact opposite is true here: I was quite surprised at how generous Kelvin was with his time, out of basic human kindness. In fact, Kelvin even contacted local authorities about a unique situation that I had, without even being asked to do so, at no cost to me. All costs were more than reasonable, and spelled out clearly. Other law offices that I had misfortune of dealing with wanted exorbitant fees for even the simplest of paperwork, simply because they could get away with it in a foreign land, and because they spoke English.
Of course, having the job done correctly is the primary concern, and I was impressed with his attention to detail. My gut feeling tells me that this will be done right. I also know that he is reachable and responsive at all times, should I need to contact him. Kelvin has been here for 19 years, so he knows the lay of the land quite well. Did I mention how genuinely warm, friendly, and human he was? Again, that is one of those gut feel issues that intuitive people latch onto.
I never thought that I would be honored to write an upbeat appraisal for someone doing this Probate work, but here we are. Now if I could only find an honest dentist…?
A unique combined law company and funeral director services. Sounds weird however if you have ever had to deal with someone passing away and the legal issues associated with it then you will see the login in making 1 office manage all.
Many times Thai888 Law get the midnight call and then we make a few calls and things start to happen. We keep the family fully informed of the process and what documents are needed.
Most of these calls are from relatives overseas. They explain that because of health issues, or family, or work, or costs that they cannot come to the funeral or look after things in Thailand.
Thai888 Law and Monkhouse works with the family to arrange the funeral and then apply to the courts for Probate.
Its not easy for the family however thats why Thai888 and Allison Monkhouse combined to do the work for you – even though you cannot come to Thailand we do everything for you so that its like your here. We can arrange videos of the funeral and cremation or a live CHAT if you request. Or a sea ashes burial.
Please book mark our contact details or email now [email protected]
Australian CEO and Thai English speaking staff.
This is what the banks require for closing down the deceased estate bank account and returning the money to the heirs – Thai888 Law has many years experience in Probate and we act for you. Please read the following instructions to retrieve 5000 USD from an account.
Please refer to requesting the closing of savings account number +++++++++++ and obtaining the remaining balance from such account of ++++++++++++++++++.
Per your request, please be advised that in order to receive the money, you are kindly requested to proceed with any one of the following three options:
1. Appoint your embassy as the recipient and request the embassy to provide the following documents to us. Under this option, we will issue a cheque (check) to the embassy with restrictive account payee only crossing.
1.1 A Power of Attorney appointing the embassy to execute the matter on your behalf.
1.2 A death certificate.
1.3 A copy of the passport of the legitimate recipient and the depositor.
1.4 A document showing that the recipient is a legitimate heir or administrator of the estate.
1.5 A letter from the embassy attesting that you are the legitimate recipient of the money.
1.6 A letter from Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs verifying the name and signature of the authorized officer of the embassy.
2. Appoint your embassy as a representative to proceed on your behalf by providing the following documents to the embassy in order to verify such documents and submit them to us. Under this option, we will transfer money to the designated account via SWIFT.
2.1 A Power of Attorney appointing the embassy to execute the matter on your behalf.
2.2 A death certificate.
2.3 A court order appointing an administer of the estate of the deceased.
2.4 A letter requesting money from the account of the deceased.
2.5 An application for currency exchange and fund transfer.
2.6 A letter of indemnity.
2.7 A copy of the passport of the legitimate recipient and the depositor.
2.8 A letter from the embassy attesting that you are the legitimate recipient of the money.
2.9 A letter from Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs verifying the name and signature of the authorized officer of the embassy.
All documents must be signed by your embassy.
3. Appoint a Thai888 law firm in Thailand to execute the matter on your behalf. The law firm must provide us documents in the same manner as described in No. 1 above. Under this option, we will issue a cheque (Check) to the embassy with restrictive account payee only crossing.
However, if you are able to travel to Thailand, you can file a case to request a court order appointing you as the administrator of the estate of the deceased. With this option, your documents must be notarized or verified by your embassy, and it may take up to two months to complete the matter.
Please be advised accordingly and keep us informed of your decision. Thank you.
Yours faithfully, The +++++++++++++++++++++Bank Public Company Limited +++++++++++ BRANCH EMAIL: ++++++++++++++@++++
I heard a comment today regarding a one stop company that does all legal work and the presenter said it was unwise to go to a company like that. Really? Thai888 Law prides itself on making it easier for the customer.
They then went on to say that they do everything? I had trouble following the presentation as it jumped from subject to subject.
I can think of many first class and expensive law companies in the Pattaya area that do everything including advertising screens and lock security boxes. These are value added services and it is great for the clients. I am all for it and I believe free enterprise and if you can get an edge on your competition then why not?
The part that made me chuckle is that Thai888 Law has 2 distinct offices that each handle very different work. Through our standard operating procedures (SOP) we can and do control all aspects of legal work in many provinces. If you have systems in place then you can complete any task no matter how complicated AND all under the SAME company banner.
Thai888 Law has expanded over the years into an international legal service. We have the people and the knowledge to deal with an overseas call from another law firm or a frantic relative wanting answers.
Don’t be misled as most of the large companies in the World have merged into a leaner, faster, more cost friendly consumer friendly organisation controlling all aspects of the product. You only have to look at your local Big C store and find that they no longer just sell food items but insurance, electrical items, household furnishings or in other words a one stop shop.
Thai888 Law offers everything to do with Legal Service. This is normal practice. If we get a job that needs a specialist Lawyer then we will retain one. However in 7 years this has never happened. Thai888 Law has grown and just last week we hired another 2 staff that are more than qualified to do the work. Most staff are law graduates and others are studying Law or accounting or another subject that fits into the Thai888 mission statement.
Our clients like the one stop principle particularly if they are calling from overseas and need an English speaking person to answer the call and give them answers to their concerns. One stop. The relief they feel knowing that they can retain our services and work with us through difficult times is enormous.
If you look through our site you will see that we take the issue and carry it through to the end. During this process we deal with local and international governments, offices, people, several different languages and bureaucracies, the police, the family and friends and much much more.
One thing that really stands out is the need for English – a presenter and their company can loose all credibility when they stand up and say excuse me my English is not so good! I understand as my Thai is terrible – that’s why we have 4 English Thai staff and 1 native Australian CEO. If we need another language we have on many occasions used a smart phone to talk and answers questions with clients. I am amazed at how well this translator works an so I give Google and Samsung the thumbs up for their R&D.
Last there is a lot of radio talk at the moment on the taboo subject of death and how to handle it. I must say that Thai888 Law is coming up to its 7th year operating in Pattaya and during that time we forged relationships with Clive Monkhouse from the Allison Monkhouse Australian Company. Many things have happened during this time and one in particular was when Monkhouse had no presence in Thailand. Thai888 Law had been using and marketing the brand for many years thus proving our contractual arrangements with Monkhouse. As there was no Monkhouse, Thai888 Law absorbed this funeral and cremation work into its offices. We put people in place in Bangkok to deal with the Police Forensic Hospital and staff are trained to deal with the Embassies. Trained in arranging and making cremations as per the families request. Even sea burials. In a word we carried on. This relationship still stands although the Monkhouse banner is no more. All funeral, cremation, embassy work is done by Thai888 Law and office 10 is set aside for this work and the CEO Kelvin Bamfield controls this and the grant of probate. And yes we have a mostly female team that can handle things in a sensitive manner.
Thai888 Law does not do fancy advertising – we rely on word of mouth and referrals from previous clients. Check out our Google reviews.
Contact us for any legal matter and we shall do our best.
Thai888 Law had recent referrals from the UK Embassy to help out on foreigners that have unfortunately died in Thailand.
Due to family commitments or financial issues families and friends could not come to Thailand to manage the funeral and cremation of their loved ones.
A few phone calls to get their LINE Skype Messenger or Whats-app account then put us together and talking for as long as it took to resolve issues. Virtually free!!
Family then asks for an invoice to show whats necessary and the costs.
Once the money has been transferred into our account then we can start work with the Police, Morgue, Hospital, Embassy etc.
This has proved very efficient over the past 10 days.
Apart from the emotional aspect of a family member dying there are cost and if these can be minimized
all the better.