Don Sornumpol

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Don was the senior associate handling the property and commercial sections of Siam Legal. 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.

Applying for a Land Allocation License

| July 17, 2015 | Land, Property

Property developers in Thailand who are planning to construct a housing community must first request a land allocation license from the Land Department. The property developer must file an application according to the Land Development Act of B.E. 2543 (2000) which requires the following evidence and details: The title deed or other document evidencing rights […]

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Types of Foreign Business Authorization

A common source of confusion for foreign entrepreneurs in Thailand is the difference between a Foreign Business License and a Foreign Business Certificate. Both documents are a form of authorization for foreigners to engage in any business that are restricted under the Foreign Business Act of 1999, but which to apply is completely different situations. […]

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Domestic Violence Law in Thailand

Domestic violence is not only a crime, but a serious social problem that is inadequately addressed by normal civil and criminal laws. For example, in a case involving child abuse, criminal law would only allow for the imprisonment of the offending parent for assault, without any consideration for the effects to the overall family unit. […]

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Proposed Debt Collection Act

Just mid last year, the National Legislative Assembly of Thailand voted to accept, in principle, the terms of the Debt Collection Act. Drawing inspiration from analogous laws in the United States and Australia, this new legislation will act as a consumer protection law protecting consumers from abusive practices on the part of debt collectors. The […]

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New Mortgage Foreclosure Law in Thailand

The new amendments made to the Civil and Commercial Code announced on November 13, 2014 has made significant changes to mortgage foreclosure rules. In addition to the changes to Section 728 of the Civil and Commercial Code regarding enforcement of a mortgage debt, the amendments have also made major changes to Section 729 regarding foreclosure […]

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New Mortgage Law in Thailand

A major problem with the Civil and Commercial Code was that it did not contain specific clauses that protected the rights of “indirect” debtors, such as guarantors or mortgagors who mortgaged their property to guarantee the debt of another. The new amendments to the Civil and Commercial Code announced on November 13, 2014 are designed […]

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Criminal Trespass Under the Thai Criminal Code of B.E. 2499 (1956)

| February 13, 2015 | Criminal Law, Litigation

Under the Criminal Code of B.E. 2499 (1956), trespass is defined as a criminal offense in which there are different manners that the offense can be committed. For example, under Section 362, trespass can be committed where a person enters into immovable property belonging to another in order to take possession of the property in […]

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Copyright Infringement in Thailand

| February 3, 2015 | Criminal Law, Litigation

In Thailand, copyright infringement is a criminal offense under the Copyright Act of B.E. 2537 (1994) that may be punished with a prison term if the offense was committed for commercial purposes. Therefore, as with all criminal offenses in general, it is important to allege, not only that the accused committed the deed, but also […]

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Right of Rescission under Thai Law

Under Thai law, in what situations are you allowed to rescind contract? In other words, when are you allowed to terminate a legal agreement without being held to be in breach? The Civil and Commercial Code has certain rules regarding when you are allowed to exercise the right of rescission: First of all, you are […]

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New Amendments on Suretyship Law in Thailand

On November 13, 2014, important amendments to the Civil and Commercial Code, a foundational law of Thailand, were proclaimed in the Royal Thai Gazette. The amendments are aimed at protecting the rights of “indirect” debtors, such as guarantors and mortgagors. Legislative research revealed that creditors, largely financial institutions, are in a position that is too […]

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