Don Sornumpol

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Don was the senior associate handling the property and commercial sections of the firm. He obtained his bachelor degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton and later his Juris Doctor from Pace University School of Law. Upon completion, he was duly admitted to the New York State Bar as an Attorney-at-Law. Don is a regular contributor and author to a number of legal articles regarding property and cross border transactions in several publications including international legal journals and periodicals.

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Thai Permanent Residency Category: Employment

| January 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

Aside from marriage to a Thai national, employment in Thailand is likely to be the most common grounds for a foreigner to be granted permanent resident status. Therefore, this subject is worth addressing in some detail. As with all permanent residency applicants, a person applying on the grounds of employment must satisfy the generally applicable […]

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Thai Permanent Residency Category: Investment

| January 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

There are several options open to foreigners in Thailand who wish to apply for permanent residency status. The first one is based on investment, which consists of two components: presenting proof of investment both before permanent residence is granted and after it is granted. Before the permanent resident status is granted, the applicant must have […]

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Thailand Permanent Residency: An Overview

| January 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Section 40 of the Immigration Act of 1979 allows foreigners who have been granted non-immigrant visas to apply for permanent residency in Thailand. Generally, the factors taken into account in granting permanent residency to a foreigner are his or her income, property, knowledge, professional skills, and family status in relationship to any Thai nationals. Furthermore, […]

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Validity of Marriage Under Thai Family Law

| December 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

According to Section 1495 of the Thai Civil and Commercial Code, any marriage that violates the conditions of marriage causes a marriage to be invalid. However, the Code provides that only a court judgment may determine a marriage to be invalid. Sections 1496, 1497. Therefore, an important issue that must be addressed concerns legal standing. […]

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Rules and guidelines on how a foreign company may set up its own Representative Office in Thailand

| December 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

Previously, we discussed the main characteristics and features of the Representative Office according to Thai law, including its main purpose and the activities in which it is allowed to conduct. In this article, we will address the rules and guidelines regarding how a foreign company may set up its own Representative Office in Thailand. Generally […]

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Kert Stavorn’s Presentation to UN Employees Retiring in Thailand

| November 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

Siam Legal’s managing partner, Kert Stavorn, was invited to speak to a group of United Nations employees Tuesday regarding legal considerations for foreigners retiring in Thailand. He spoke for over one hour concentrating his presentation on the following issues: retirement visas, owning property in Thailand, fund remittance and taxes, estate planning, and investing. On the […]

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The Thailand Real Estate Investment and Property Law Forum 2013

| November 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

Asia Business Connect held the “Thailand Real Estate Investment and Property Law Forum 2013″ conference at the Bangkok Convention Center last September 19th to September 20th. Mr. Kert Stavorn, a partner at Siam Legal International, gave a presentation regarding “Contract Strategies and Legal Concerns in Sales/Property Contracts for the Real Estate Business” and also sat […]

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Guide to the Representative Office in Thailand

| November 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Representative Office is an important form of business organization in Thailand since it helps to facilitate the import and export of goods by foreign companies. A Representative Office is characterized by the following features: It does not receive any revenue from providing services It cannot receive purchase orders or make sales or negotiate business […]

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Service Businesses Which Foreigners May Operate Without A Foreign Business License

| November 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

According the Foreign Business Act of 1999, foreigners are required to obtain a Foreign Business License before they may operate “other types of service businesses, except for those specified by Ministerial Regulations”. This provision in the law has generally restricted foreigners in Thailand from operating all types of service businesses except for those that are […]

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Specific Business Tax in Thailand

| October 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

Businesses in Thailand that provide goods and services are generally subject to the Value Added Tax (VAT), which is an indirect tax and is levied against the value received or receivable from the supply of goods and services. However, certain types of businesses under the Revenue Code are subject to the Specific Business Tax (SBT), […]

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