Property Purchase in Thailand: Why Due Diligence

| December 19, 2014 | Condominium, Land, Property
Property Purchase in Thailand: Why Due Diligence

There are many foreign investments which involve the purchase of real estate. Whether for business reasons, an investment visa, or a residence, the purchaser of the property must apply Due Diligence to the purchase of the property. A quick and smooth transactions sometimes causes the purchaser to overlook issues that will affect the ability of […]

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Rights and Duties of a Parent and Child in Thailand

Rights and Duties of a Parent and Child in Thailand

The Thai Family Code spells out the rights and duties of a parent and a child in their relationship. Under Thai law, a child born of a marriage or within 310 days of the termination of a marriage is presumed to be the child of the married couple. If the child is born outside of […]

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Proposed Foreign Business Act Amendments in Thailand

Proposed Foreign Business Act Amendments in Thailand

The headlines in Thai business news have been dominated recently by the new government’s proposals to reform the Foreign Business Act of 1999. However, rather than to liberalize business, the proposals are expected to make the law even stricter. This has caused much concern in the foreign business community whose members have voiced their opinions […]

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Marriage Between a Thai and a Westerner

| November 28, 2014 | Family Law, Marriage
Marriage Between a Thai and a Westerner

What are the conflict of law issues when dealing with the marriage between a Thai national and a foreigner? When there is a dispute between the laws of multiple countries, Thailand looks at its conflict of law rules. Which court has jurisdiction over the case? Which country’s laws are used to decide the issue? Will […]

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Inheritance Tax in Thailand

| November 12, 2014 | Property
Inheritance Tax in Thailand

On September 12, 2014, the new Prime Minister of Thailand, Prayuth Chanocha delivered his government’s policy statement to the National Legislative Assembly, which declared a new economic policy that shall instate an inheritance and property tax for Thailand within one year. A draft law for the new inheritance tax in Thailand has already been drafted […]

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Ownership of Property through a Thai Spouse

| November 5, 2014 | Property
Ownership of Property through a Thai Spouse

There are many foreign nationals in Thailand who are married to a Thai spouse. The foreign national has obtained a long term visa and wants to purchase property in Thailand. Many foreign nationals who want to own property have purchased property through their Thai spouse. Foreign nationals believe that since the property is purchased during […]

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Prenuptial agreement with clause that restricts certain behavior of the spouses during marriage

Prenuptial agreement with clause that restricts certain behavior of the spouses during marriage

Prenuptial agreements are normally meant for couples to agree on how to divide marital or separate property in the event of divorce. However, an interesting legal issue is whether a prenuptial agreement is allowed to have a clause that only restricts certain behavior of the spouses during marriage; for example, is a prenuptial agreement allowed […]

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Mergers and Acquisitions of Company in Thailand

Mergers and Acquisitions of Company in Thailand

Mergers and acquisitions are becoming a routine occurrence in developing countries as companies use the process to expedite their growth or gather additional benefits. A recent high profile example was the merger between Burger King and Tim Horton where the smaller Canadian Tim Horton acquired the larger American Burger King in an attempt to qualify […]

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What does the Thai labor law say about workday, overtime, and leave?

What does the Thai labor law say about workday, overtime, and leave?

Relations between employers and employees are covered by the Thai Labor Protection Act (LPA). The latest manifestation was revision to the Thai LPA was in 2010. The basic presumption of Thai Labor Law is that the Employer is in a superior position in relation to the Employee therefore Employees require the law to equalize the […]

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Sex Crimes in Thailand

| September 26, 2014 | Criminal Law, Litigation
Sex Crimes in Thailand

Thailand has a reputation of being a place of sexual freedom. The reality is that most Thai people are very conservative and modest. However, there are some red light areas which cater to a particular segment of tourists, foreign expats, and Thai men. In these businesses, sexual morality is flouted and sex oriented businesses are […]

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