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A morbid subject I appreciate and not sure this is the appropriate place but I'm sure the mods will direct me if it's not.

 

I am approaching 82 years of age and being well aware that the Grim Reaper cannot be far away am attempting to put things in order for my Thai wife.

 

We live in a village in Khon Kaen Province and I am the only foreigner here and no one speaks, reads or understands English apart from my wife who understands and can speak some, but reading English is a no no.   

 

My wife will need to complete some documentation upon my passing in order to claim a couple of pensions, and whilst I have prepared instructions in Thai for her to make contact with the Pension Providers and what she must send them, she will not be able to read or complete the forms.   

 

So I am looking for advice from anyone who has a similar situation please.   Being ex Military I did  think of British Legion but the nearest branch is in Korat I believe.

 

Many thanks in anticipation.

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This may be better served in the local Isaan forum for local help and knowledge.

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Why not contact them, in case they can direct you towards appropriate State Trustees? As obtaining some form of Executors will save a lot of headache, for she who is left behind.

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If you have a UK state pension;....

I asked  DWP online about me kicking it and my wife being able to speak English well, but form-filling and understanding English speakers on a phone line would be confusing for her. (I actually have a couple of close friends who would help, but wanted to know in case they were not available).

They phoned me, told me what they would require, and said that if necessary they would provide a Thai speaker.

Very helpful lady.

 

Apologies if this isn't what you require.

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19 minutes ago, elwood said:

If you have a UK state pension;....

I asked  DWP online about me kicking it and my wife being able to speak English well, but form-filling and understanding English speakers on a phone line would be confusing for her. (I actually have a couple of close friends who would help, but wanted to know in case they were not available).

They phoned me, told me what they would require, and said that if necessary they would provide a Thai speaker.

Very helpful lady.

 

Apologies if this isn't what you require.

In the event of death, does our UK pension go to our Thai wife?

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I've helped a few wives of Expats that have passed away with pensions and investments held. She really will need an English person to help. The Legion of course will help with your service pension, regardless of where the nearest branch is to you, anything else if they can't help should know of someone reliable that can...so that should be her real first port of call. 

 

I found each  instuition handled requests differently. Translated copies of Death Cert will be required. 

What's important is make sure your wife updates her address with any pension companies, as she will periodically receive proof of life forms she will need to return...usually every three years.

Bert is the chairmain in Pattaya who has assisted me befor on the death of ex servicemen and were not living there.

 

 

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1 hour ago, faraday said:

In the event of death, does our UK pension go to our Thai wife?

Not anymore unless she lives and stays in UK.

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I have had this conversation with my sister back in the US, I have given her a list of our assets, and have asked he, that in the event of my passing that she should assist my wife in gatting all that she is entitled too, and if she so wishes liquidate and dispense.according to my wishes and law. 

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So if pension providers located in UK. Contact them and do an Expression of wish form. I.e. on your death instructions on who gets spouse pension with contact details/copy Thai ID card. Inform executor. Foreign based pensions would then have information and instruction upon your death for executor to inform them and pension trustees to implement 

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On 11/10/2019 at 6:35 PM, faraday said:

In the event of death, does our UK pension go to our Thai wife?

Not for a while now. A cut-off date for applications was imposed some years back. Mine arrived at the pensions office during bank holiday and wasn't opened until a day or two after the official deadline. They used this as a reason to refuse my application, which means that when I pop my clogs my partner of 16 years is entitled to nothing. Makes one proud to be British!

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