My Thai wife is one of 6 siblings and her elderly father has just given each of them 1 rai of land each. However my wife and one of her brothers have discovered that their births were never registered which is leaving them with an expensive problem of having to pay 5% tax instead of 1% tax which has been estimated at around 70,000 baht each. I should also add that her mother died many years ago which also seems to complicate matters. We went to my lawyer who wrote up and made changes to my will for what I considered a very low cost but she wants 50,000 baht to sort out my wife’s problem. My wife is incensed at this cost and she left quite angrily so is this cost fair and reasonable or is it gross overcharging.
Indeed, if she sorts it at that price we still have to pay the 1% tax and adding the 2 costed together we might just as well pay the 5% tax and probably no hassle. I should also say that despite being technically illegitimate she has been legally married and divorced, has a legal I’d card, driving licences for both motorbike and car and a passport all without any problems whatsoever and is unlikely to be left another inheritance from her father so what are the viewpoints of which action to take.