Entries by rvirasin

Justice for Some

In their book, Tort, Custom, and Karma, Professor David Engel and his wife researched the issue of legal access for the poor in Thailand in Chiangmai, Thailand. The findings are surprising. From the mid 1960’s to 2000, the rate of litigation has declined significantly relative to the general increase in population and the increase number […]

Registering Street Beggars

The Thai government recently passed a law revising Thailand’s laws on begging in public areas. The new law replaces the Beggar Control Act of 1941 which punished gangs and people for trafficking people for begging. Under the new law, those who beg on the streets are required to obtain licenses in order to pander for […]

U.S. Visa Waiver for Prostitution

  At the U.S. Embassy, the consular officer is given full discretion to determine whether an applicant qualifies for the visa. When the officer states that they have evidence that the applicant has committed an act that prevents them from issuing a visa, the burden of proof shifts to the applicant to prove that they […]

Thai Adoption

What is the process to adopt a child in Thailand? All adoptions in Thailand are processed through the Child Adoption Center or through an agency that is authorized by the Department of Social Development and Welfare. The adoptive parents must be at least 25 years of age and must be at least 15 years older […]

Fraudulent Marriages

On February 21, 2016, Mr. Sittichai Boonkeian murdered his 13-year-old daughter and committed suicide by hanging himself on a ceiling fan. His wife, Chonrat Mungmart, believes that Mr. Sittichai committed suicide because of the anxiety and problems associated with their separation.  Mr. Sittichai and his daughter were living in Florida and his wife was in […]

Law, Life, and Society Premarital Agreement: Love, Money, and Marriage

In Thailand, it is not unusual to see established men marrying younger Thai women. There are also instances where couples are in their second relationship and both bring their own assets into a marriage. In these circumstances, it may be prudent to sign a premarital agreement. A premarital agreement outlines the division of the property, […]

When Dogs Attack: Torts, Crimes, and Property

There is a growing number of dog owners in Thailand. These pet owners treat their animals like their children, prized possessions, and members of the family. With the growing number of pet owners, there have been an increased number of disputes involving domesticated animals. Our office has recently been contacted in regards to two dog […]

How to Evict a Tenant in Thailand

Evicting a Tenant in Thailand is not a simple matter. Leases are generally treated as a contract. There are procedures that need to be followed to terminate the contract. Continued:?http://www.hg.org/article.asp?id=36946  

Thai Businesses with Foreign Owners

  This past week I met with a representative from a European company that sold vitamin products. The company has established branch offices in multiple countries. They were interested in opening a small office in Thailand. Thailand is an attractive place for retail stores. There is a large upper middle income population with disposable income […]