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My (Thai) wife and I made wills over 25 years ago in the UK for less than a hundred quid I seem to recall. I don't know if these are legal here so I sent off an enquiry to a law firm here in Chiang Mai to get them made legal here and was told it would cost 40,000 baht! This must be a joke. What have other people paid for this? 

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Make sure you pay enough to cover the possibility of someone paying more to have the will challenged and annulled...this is Thailand...baht may be used to trumps law...in some cases...😳

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Just in the process of sorting one out .....been advised best to have two drawn up. One for your non-Thai assets and one for Thai based assets. 5000 baht each. 

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I did my own Thai Will here using a Thai/English template that I have and gave it to a local lawyer to manage on my demise. She will then claim costs/expenses from my funds for executing my wishes.

 

That takes care of anything here and I have a separate Will for my NZ assets.

 

So no charge as yet in Thailand.

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If you've still got assets in the UK you should make two wills, one for the UK and one for Thailand. You just need to acknowledge the existence of the other will and state that the will in question only covers your Thai or UK assets. 

 

The UK one you can do yourself, if it helps buy a will kit from WH Smiths, otherwise just copy the format of the old one, so long as its properly witnessed it is valid.

 

The Thai requirements are a pain in the butt as you need to detail each bank account and asset, I paid a local lawyer in Hat Yai Bht 8,000 for my will, the wife's cost about the same. 

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2 hours ago, BritManToo said:

"I leave everything to my wife because I love her"

Interesting, no need to detail your bank accounts and assets?

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I remember reading a few years ago that you could do at your Amour for 900 Bt. (500 of that was for it to be translated into English).

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17 hours ago, Stocky said:

Interesting, no need to detail your bank accounts and assets?

No, but it's a good idea to give your executor as many details as possible about what assets you have otherwise he might fail to find all of your accounts after you die.

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My original Thai will cost 7500, and an amendment last month 5000. In process of updating my UK will £250.

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21 hours ago, Stocky said:

he UK you should make two wills, one for the UK and one for Thailand. You just need to acknowledge the existence of the other will and state that the will in question only covers your Thai or UK assets. 

Agree. You should do a will here to cover your possessions in Thailand. Pretty sure courts will only accept a will originally written in Thai. The lawyer will provide you with an English translation for your information , but it's only the Thai version that will be binding.

 

I can't remember how much I paid some years ago, but it was somewhere between 5,000 and 10,000. Doing it yourself might be OK, but you could easily create an expensive mess for your heirs to deal with.

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