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Deceased Thai wife, how to do with house?

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In the case of the Thai wife passed away, how to do for the house registration? Can the foreigner husband become the owner of the house? How to make the change, what documents are required?

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can inherit the house if on land of 1 rai or less, but has to be sold/ transferred  within 1 year, may be wrong on the land size but the 1 year is correct

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Need to check any valid last will and testaments. As next of kin if legally married you should be the beneficiary if no will has been made. As stated, you can live there and sell within a 12 month period. Without, talking badly about your in-laws, seek advice of a lawyer, I have seen so many times where it has been made too bad for the foreigner to continue living in the property by the in-laws. I hope you are not in an Issan village somewhere surrounded by them. Your post ain't clear if you are widowed or planning for the future

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Need to check any valid last will and testaments. As next of kin if legally married you should be the beneficiary if no will has been made. As stated, you can live there and sell within a 12 month period. Without, talking badly about your in-laws, seek advice of a lawyer, I have seen so many times where it has been made too bad for the foreigner to continue living in the property by the in-laws. I hope you are not in an Issan village somewhere surrounded by them. Your post ain't clear if you are widowed or planning for the future

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The Land office only gave me 6 months to sell the house. Fortunately I was able to do this, and am now renting the house back off of the new owner. I don't know if anyone would have chased me if I hadn't sold it in time.

 

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What happens if you have a 30 year lease in your name and inherit the property but can not sell within a year?

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Do you have any children with you wife?

If so make a will.

 

Ensure the land the house sits on belongs to your child or sell it to them when the 1 year is up. The house should also be mentioned in her will as being left to you. This saves any problems with relatives. You can then have a yellow book as housemaster for Immigration purposes. Try and do the yellow book before your wife passes. Your own address as housemaster is indicated in the book.

 

As discussed many times before neither the yellow book of blue book indicates ownership.  It's just who lives at the address.

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15 minutes ago, JayBird said:

What happens if you have a 30 year lease in your name and inherit the property but can not sell within a year?

Your lease is valid,but you need to transfere the owner name.With the lease it dont matter who,but the land must be in a living persons name.If you have kids with your wife it does not matter.It will go to the kids.They can sell it with a lease but who want to buy a land with a lease on.

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20 minutes ago, JayBird said:

What happens if you have a 30 year lease in your name and inherit the property but can not sell within a year?

If the house is on the name of the Thai wife and you legaly married to a Thai then a 30 year lease on name of the husband/foreiger is not possible.
In my case the landoffice refused the lease.

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I see a lot of people quoting one year, but I am not sure that that is the actual official time. My understanding is that the time in which you were required to transfer is 6 months, on which another poster with direct experience, seems to be confirming. This being Thailand, the actual period may vary from land office to land office, so best to check with them or a local lawyer.  I believe that it is possible to apply for an extension, which is perhaps why people are quoting a year.  

 

Also, people keep going on about selling the property. in fact, all that is required is to transfer the ownership, which is usually far less difficult to arrange than an outright sale e.g. to Thai kids or friends or relatives (subject to your retaining the rights and if necessary signing new documentation to confirm the position regarding your entitlement to remain in the property)

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