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Thai wife purchasing Thai land while out of the country while still getting name on chanote

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15 hours ago, prakhonchai nick said:

Is there not a condition that when a Thai wife married to a foreigner buys land, she has to confirm it is her own money, and the foreigner has to sign a document to say that he has no financial interest in the land being bought.

When my wife bought land in 2007, I was ready and willing to sign such a document. However, because my wife never changed her name on her Thai ID card and it still indicated that she wasn't married (we are legally married in the US) I was told I didn't need to sign that document.

 

To the OP, does your wife's Thai ID card indicate that she is married? Did she change her last name on that ID card? If so then you'll probably need to sign the document prakhonchai nick referenced.

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Posted (edited)

Thanks for the continued discussion! To answer some questions:

1) I am a US citizen with a thai wife. We are only married in the US and we have not married in Thailand (yet). Also, we knew about the problem of her taking my last name, so she has not legally changed her name here in the US, nor in Thailand. So, as far as Thailand is concerned, I don't even think her being married to a US Citizen will even come up...

 

2) Reason for buying the land now is two-fold - A) The thai guy wants the money soon because he's splitting up with his thai wife and needs the money to separate from her as they're living in her house. They are reasonably well off so he has another smaller house somewhere else that he will refurb and isn't going to come back to the little ol' village after living in Buriram city for the last 20 years. And B) another cousin also wants to buy the land because it adjoins her property but she is looking for the family discount price where we'll pay his asking price so he'll sell to us.

 

Ultimately, it's only 1 rai and he's selling for 100,000 baht which is not money that I'll miss in any way. It has road and electric access and won't need much, if any dirt. This property will actually be used to increase the currently vacant property in my wifes dad's name and allow it to have easy access to the road (long story but the the older relatives family got in a huge argument and the one built a wall across their property to make the wife's family land not have any road access lol - image of what I'm talking about: https://imgur.com/a/ZRnrXvj). My wife's plan is to build a small home there for her parent's to retire in since they both work in Bangkok and the current home on their family property is basically falling apart and is unlivable.

 

In no way am I actually planning to live on this land, it will be part of her sin sod when we have a thai marriage ceremony in 1.5-2 years. The wife is being reasonably smart and not giving her parents any of the money but instead buying this land, among other things, to help them out later. I am 20 years away from retirement so who knows what will happen by then - this is certainly not land for me (er, my wife).

 

I'll have to read over the links and replies more closely. Hopefully the land office is able to explain it in such a way that the aunt and my wife can figure out and they don't just "may pen rai" it...

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On 6/4/2020 at 10:20 PM, donx said:

When my wife bought land in 2007, I was ready and willing to sign such a document. However, because my wife never changed her name on her Thai ID card and it still indicated that she wasn't married (we are legally married in the US) I was told I didn't need to sign that document.

 

To the OP, does your wife's Thai ID card indicate that she is married? Did she change her last name on that ID card? If so then you'll probably need to sign the document prakhonchai nick referenced.

my ex-wife did just that ... pretended that we were not married ... still had MISS on the id card, even with 10 immigration extensions...

 

thai will abuse the law in their favor and it is in their favor

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