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Free counselling for foreign retirees

BANGKOK: Thailand is stepping up its assistance for foreign retirees and their Thai spouses by providing free counselling on inheritance and other legal issues under international laws.

By Bangkok Post

Saturday 22 January 2022, 08:44AM

A man takes a stroll in Benchasiri Park on Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok. Photo: Bangkok Post / file

A man takes a stroll in Benchasiri Park on Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok. Photo: Bangkok Post / file

This support is being carried out by the Office of International Peoples’ Rights Protection, which falls under the Office of the Attorney General (OAG), reports the Bangkok Post.

The kingdom has become a popular destination for foreign retirees to spend the rest of their days, where they can enjoy its advanced healthcare system, low cost of living, good weather and culture.

In cases where the foreign retiree tends to marry a Thai spouse, they can face problems including inheritance issues when they divorce or if their spouse dies.

To deal with such matters, Charkrawan Saengkhae, executive director of the aforementioned office, said the OAG is now providing a free counselling service.

Apart from inheritance issues, they can consult about matters related to their children’s nationality, conscription for male offspring, and domestic violence.

As a basic rule, Mr Charkrawan said all healthy males with Thai citizenship who reside in Thailand are required to report to a conscription officer when they reach age 20.

“Most Thais don’t realise that our regulations prohibit children who are born in the kingdom from holding multiple citizenships. The Nationality Act states that when they turn 20, they must decide whether to keep their Thai citizenship or not,” Artra Khunthongjan of OAG said, adding foreign spouses are more likely to take their adopted children or stepchildren back to their home country before reaching this age.

“Many foreigners have asked the Consular Affairs Department for help in numerous cases. We have also provided assistance in the event of deaths or road accidents, and also transferred cases to their country of origin,” Mr Artra added.

Pol Capt Tippiroon Suwannakul of the OAG referred to a 2019 case when the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service asked the office to search for a tourist who had gone missing on Koh Samui, as his wife also had inheritance issues to deal with. The office asked a local court to grant her the rights she needed to resolve this, she said.

“We don’t provide help to Thais who live in other countries, but we do for foreigners in Thailand in accordance with international human rights laws and related human rights conventions,” Pol Capt Tippiroon said.

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DeKaaskopp | 23 January 2022 - 15:43:04

"Many of us know the story of a foreigner.... "  Wasn't that you ? 

DeKaaskopp | 23 January 2022 - 15:37:53

"or is this just again a saying to have some to say ?"  If so Kurt, then it would be the same like you are doing it on here every day ! 

Kurt | 23 January 2022 - 11:36:59

Many of us know the story of a foreigner who unofficially married in thai way a thai woman, with monks and all. He putted his house on name of wife. In night time the real thai husband, officially married with the woman showed up and told the foreigner: "Party is over, get the f... out of my house". Always check or the thai woman is not married already before marry the 'thai non regi...

Kurt | 23 January 2022 - 09:58:35

What is the catch when a Thai police captain starts talking about International human rights laws and International human right conventions? Can he name a  number that actual are functional working in Thailand ?  Or is this just again a saying to have some to say?

Kurt | 23 January 2022 - 05:22:59

Double nationality, many Thai officials refuse to admit that, is fully allowed in Thailand. Ex Prime Minister Abhisit was born, raised and educated in UK. He has 2 nationalities, holds 2 passports. Many Thai do. They, of course, just don't use the foreign passport when they visit/stay in Thailand. Thai Officialdom has no clue how many Thai walk around with 2 nationalities. 

Kurt | 23 January 2022 - 05:07:39

In Thailand many so called mixed marriages are actually just 'Living together' contracts only. It is all in mutual signed contact what a Thai partner ( not her family!) can claim when the farang dies. But the claim only can be materialized about stuff in Thailand, not about that in 'home country' foreigner. For such is a foreign testament needed.

bigasail | 22 January 2022 - 14:21:33

what actually happen if your wife die do here family inherit her half in thailand and abroad , Bob

Pooliekev | 22 January 2022 - 13:31:24

@Johnc. Poor lamb. Its only one day every three months. 

christysweet | 22 January 2022 - 10:46:27

 It ain't just Thailand. Women are more likely to be killed  by a partner than a stranger all over the world.  

JohnC | 22 January 2022 - 09:49:27

I doubt you need to council foreigners about domestic violence. You need to start on your own doorstep with that first. Thai males have a very poor reputation for beating their wives.

JohnC | 22 January 2022 - 09:46:11

...and continual headaches every year having to go through the same out-dated process of doing yearly visa renewals and 90 day notifications. You spend more time just making sure your visa is current than doing anything else...


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