Month: September 2012

How to find a Law Firm in Bangkok

A Bangkok law firm is normally registered with the Thailand Bar Council. There is however another unmentioned problem that does occur in Thailand which does not occur in say locations such as Hong Kong. In Hong Kong there are laws in place to allow foreign attorneys, solicitors and barristers to practice law in Hong Kong.

Thailand however is not that open and hence as a foreigner you are not allowed to take up a position as an attorney however you are allowed to be a legal consultant without the right to appear in courts. Hong Kong is not the same as Thailand as one would judge that most if not all laws in Hong Kong are in line with the British legal system where say Thailand is not. The laws would hence not be anything close to the British legal system.

The obvious problem that this creates in Thailand is that there is very little control over legal consultants in Thailand and hence unless they are located in a main stream law firm such as Law Firm in Thailand any incorrect legal advice will have no real recourse to the Thai justice system. When looking for a law firm in Bangkok always search the forums to locate expats who will be able to give you some direction. A few things that you might not know about the Thai legal system is that the concept of ‘trusts’ or trust accounts have no legal standing. There is also no fidelity fund if your attorney runs off with your money and the justice system in Thailand tends to be very slow. Hence your money is lost and any recovery will be slow if not impossible.

Always ask questions from anyone you hire where they have worked before coming to Thailand. Many consultants are nothing more or not even at the standard of what would be considered a paralegal back in your home country – so always be aware of having to seek redress later should anything go wrong.

Thai Fiancee Visa – Bangkok Law Firm

Obtaining a K-1 Visa does come with its own problems. Many times people consider the costs – which is small considering an appeal – and do it themselves. There are certain conditions which will prohibit a K-1 Visa approval. Getting married or engaged can be a happy time in your life until something goes wrong with the visa application. This can be due to many issues. These are a few examples:

Certain conditions and activities may make an applicant ineligible for a visa. Examples of these ineligibilities are:

  1. Trafficking in Drugs
  2. Having HIV/AIDS
  3. Overstaying a previous visa
  4. Practicing polygamy
  5. Advocating the overthrow of the government
  6. Submitting fraudulent documents

The most common issue in Thailand both for Americans and British citizens are the previous overstaying of a visa. This I would think is the most common problem. The governments frown on this and usually do not allow another visa application. You need to speak to an immigration attorney about how to apply for a waiver with regards to this and how long it normally takes. Speak to any of our immigration attorneys with regards to appeals and waiver applications

 

Thailand Property Awards

Each year the property awards in Thailand gathers all the major players in the field of property developments and infrastructure development. Attending is the who’s who of the Thai property sector. Law Firm in Thailand attends each year. 2008 was what many had considered a bad year globally for the property, however, judging from the 2009 attendance lists and the number of nominations one is left to wonder where the recession is. The property awards is a good judge of what one might expect in the Thai property market for the year ahead.

In 2008, a selection of anonymous judges from around the country used a scoring system whereby the highest five scorers made the short-list. This year a team of independent judges will produce the short-lists through a consultative process and the panel will be announced publicly.

“It is a significant change this year. We’ve had feedback that people would like to know who the judges are. So this year we will announce the judging panel. We are recruiting the panel now and are being selective to ensure fair representation and no bias. The panel will cumulatively have nationwide knowledge, be both experienced on the Thai real estate industry and in general business, and a number of nationalities will be represented,”

Those short-listed in the development categories will then be contacted and visited by local judging teams in Bangkok, Eastern Seaboard, Phuket, Samui, and Hua Hin, respectively. Following the site visits, the local teams will select the winners.

Following their success in 2008 and involvement in the awards since the beginning in 2006, BDO Richfield Advisory Limited have again been engaged by the organizers to oversee the nomination, entry and judging process, and to ensure all is transparent and fair. BDO Richfield Advisory Limited and the organizers of the awards are not involved in judging the awards