Last Will in Thailand
In Thailand, the creation of a Last Will and Testament is governed by specific legal requirements to ensure its validity and enforceability. Here are the key legal requirements:
- Age and Mental Capacity: The testator (person creating the will) must be at least 15 years old. He or she must also be of sound mind at the time of making the will.
- Form of the Will: A will in Thailand can be made in writing, with the following options:
- Handwritten Will: Entirely written, dated, and signed by the testator’s own hand.
- Typed or Printed Will: Must be signed by the testator and at least two witnesses, all present at the same time during the signing.
- Witnesses: Two witnesses are required to be present during the signing of a typed or printed will. They must also sign the will in the presence of the testator. The witnesses should be of sound mind and not beneficiaries of the will.
- Content: The will should clearly state the distribution of the testator’s assets after their death. It may also appoint an executor to manage the estate.
- Language: While there is no legal requirement for the will to be in Thai, having it in Thai can facilitate the probate process.
- No Coercion: The testator must make the will voluntarily, without any coercion or undue influence.
- Revocation or Amendment: A will can be revoked or amended by the testator at any time before death, as long as they are of sound mind.
- Legal Compliance: The will must comply with Thai law and should not contain provisions that are illegal or impossible to perform.
- Probate Process: After the death of the testator, the will must go through the probate process in a Thai court to validate its authenticity and execute its provisions.
It’s advisable for individuals creating a will in Thailand, especially foreigners. To seek legal advice to ensure compliance with Thai law and to address any complexities related to international aspects of the estate.
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