Collecting Debt in Thailand

  With the Thai economy stagnating, household debt is reaching record levels on an annual basis. According to the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, the average household debt reached nearly 300,000 baht in 2016. This amount is higher than the annual income of the average Thai family. Seventy-four percent of families in debt […]

Collecting Debt in Thailand

With the Thai economy stagnating, household debt is reaching record levels on an annual basis. According to the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, the average household debt reached nearly 300,000 baht in 2016. This amount is higher than the annual income of the average Thai family. Seventy-four percent of families in debt have […]

Unwanted Children: The Consequences of Holiday Debauchery

There are numerous “dek khrueng” or “half-children” born to women who work in Thailand’s red-light districts. Many men from foreign countries come to Thailand for a short holiday to spend their time with Thai women. Some of these men leave without knowing that they have a child. Others know about their child and still decide […]

Becoming a Teacher in Thailand by Eric Guzman

If there is one thing that impels young professionals to come and visit Thailand, it is the conception of many that the grass looks greener on this side of the world. Indeed, Thailand offers vast employment opportunities to foreigners, especially in the field of education. I recall being reluctant and interested at the same time […]

Letters to the Attorney: Visitor Visa

Dear Khun Virasin, My wife and I are elderly US Citizens. We are long time visitors to Thailand. I am currently undergoing treatment for cancer in America. My treatment will take several months, and we have been trying to get a visitor visa for our friend of many years, who is a Thai citizen, to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Visit Australia

Australia is an amazingly country with a multicultural population, beautiful beaches, diverse wildlife, and a cultural indigenous history that dates back more than 50,000 years. It is a place where adventure is everywhere and an endless summer awaits. For most non-waiver countries, foreign nationals would require a visitor visa to enter the country. What are […]

Visitors Visa to Canada

Canada is the second largest country in the world. It stretch across a continent and touches two oceans. Visitors in awe of its rolling mountains, dense forests, and magical winters. But Canada is more. It is cosmopolitan cities, multicultural communities, sporting activities, and amazing food. For nationals of visa waiver countries, there is no need […]

Schengen Visa

The Schengen Area is an area of 26 countries that are signatories of the Schengen Agreement. Schengen refers to a town in Luxemburg where the agreement was signed. Individuals with a Schengen visa can travel throughout the Schengen Area with a single visa for short term trips. There are three types of Schengen visas. There […]

Thai Property Contracts

  Real estate contracts are used to transfer real property from one person to another. The real estate contract will contain the terms of the sales agreement between the seller and the buyer. The sales agreement details how the seller will transfer the property, the responsible party for the sales taxes, and contingency actions if […]

Family Preference Categories

The United States immigration processing is based on a quota and preference system. There is an overall cap of 480,000 family sponsored immigrant visas available every year. Immediate relatives of U.S. citizens may be admitted in unlimited amounts every year but the numbers used will reduce the overall cap of 480,000 visa. However the amount […]

F-1 Student Visa

Millions of international students who want to go to the United States to study. American universities are globally recognized and respected. Thai students with degrees in the United States are highly prized by employers in Thailand. Many Thai students make missteps in the process to get a student visa. There are students who go to […]

L-1 Intracompany Transfer

The L-1 Intracompany Transfer visa allows multinationals companies to send their key personnel to their U.S. operations temporarily and permanently. Managers, executives, and workers with specialized knowledge can obtain the L-1 classification and work in the United States for a period between five and seven years. The United States requires that the employee must have […]

Branch Office

Multinational companies who want to extend their reach into Thailand without creating a separate legal entity. The have two options for entering the Thai market. They can form a branch office or a representative office. Both are governed by the Foreign Business Act but they serve two different functions. Branch Office Branch offices can operate […]

Representative Office

Multinational companies who want to extend their reach into Thailand without creating a separate legal entity. The have two options for entering the Thai market. They can form a branch office or a representative office. Both are governed by the Foreign Business Act but they serve two different functions. The primary function of a representative […]

Treaty of Amity

The United States-Thailand Treaty of Amity allows the U.S. citizens and businesses the ability to establish a company or branch office in Thailand on the same basis as a Thai company. There are restrictions on certain types of business activities that U.S. and foreign citizens may not engage in. These types of business include owning […]

Foreign Business License

The Foreign Business Act of 1999 governs the ownership of Thai businesses by foreign nationals. Different rules apply to foreign owned businesses and Thai owned businesses. A foreign owned business is defined as a business with over 49% foreign ownership. Under Thai law, a foreign national can only be majority owner of business operation that […]

Company Registration in Thailand

The formation of a Thai company can open avenues for a foreign nationals to purchase property, live, or work in Thailand. Thailand is considered the hub of ASEAN with the gradual removal of trade barriers in the region. The process of forming a company involves the filing of multiple forms with multiple government agencies. A […]

Board of Investments

Thailand established the Board of Investments (BOI) to provide incentives to foreign and local businessmen to invest in targeted industries in Thailand. The product or enterprise must value added to the product must be 20% or more from the original materials. There are exceptions for the manufacturers of electronic products, agricultural products, or projects granted […]

E-2 Investment Visa

An E-2 Investment visa is available for foreign nationals who would like to invest and move their family to the United States. The visa is only available to nationals of countries with an investment treaty with the United States. The list of treaty countries can be located on the U.S. State Department website. Thailand is […]

K-1 Fianc? Visa

United States citizens can petition to bring their fianc? to the United States for the purpose of getting married. The U.S. government understands that the U.S. citizen and the fianc? might reside in different countries and want to avoid unnecessary travel or simply just want to get married in the United States. They created the […]

Immigrating Spouse of a United States Citizen

A United States Citizen can petition for their immediate relative to come and live with them in the United States. There are no quotas for this type of petition and the spouse can come to live in the United States immediately after the application is approved. The question of who is considered a spouse is […]