Family Law and Private Clients

Tilleke & Gibbins provides effective and practical support to expatriates and nationals living in Southeast Asia. We help individuals and families in all aspects of estate law, family law, and immigration law through our unparalleled expertise and unwavering commitment to resolving your problems, regardless of their size or complexity.

Our firm specializes in estate planning, including wills, living wills, and estate administration. Individuals rely on our discreet and confidential counsel and outstanding legal representation as they prepare for and experience the birth or adoption of a child, immigration to a foreign country, marriage, and divorce.

We offer the following services:

  • Noncontentious: Planning, wills, living wills, estate and trust administration, powers of attorney, immigration, retirement, property, tax, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, and adoption (contact: Pimvimol (June) Vipamaneerut)
  • Contentious: Divorce, child custody and parenting access, spousal and child support, child abduction, distribution of assets, arbitration, mediation, trials, appeals, cohabitation agreements, challenging the validity of wills, claims of inheritance, and incorrectly administered estates (contact: Sasirusm (Roll) B. Chunhakasikarn)

Among recent matters, we have:

  • Assisted a client whose wife had abducted his daughter and wrongfully withheld assets valued at over USD 1,000,000. We successfully mediated this case, which involved both family and criminal matters. The parties agreed to a divorce and the daughter was returned to our client.

  • Managed a complex estate matter spanning over three years and involving assets of over THB 20,000,000. We were able to appoint the executor of the estate, transfer and liquidate all assets, and satisfy the claims of both local and international creditors to the satisfaction of all parties concerned.

  • Represented the wife in a divorce case. After long settlement negotiations with the husband, we reached a compromise agreement supervised by the court and avoided trial of this sensitive matter.

  • Represented a client in a criminal matter regarding forgery. We presented our client’s position and related facts to various governmental authorities. At the end of the government’s investigation, the public prosecutor declined to prosecute our client.

  • Represented a father in a wrongful act case related to the death of his son by electric shock. Due to the emotional needs of the family, we reached a favorable out-of-court settlement. The defendant paid the compensation to the client and the court entered judgment as per the compromise agreement.

  • Represented an Australian father in a contested family matter regarding the custody of his daughter. The mother of the child planned to move abroad with the daughter. We filed a case in Family Court seeking, on behalf of our client, sole legal custody of his daughter. After a successful mediation, the mother of the child granted sole legal custody to our client.

  • Advised a client on the current and proposed laws on surrogacy; our guidance also included information on the current state of and societal considerations pertaining to surrogacy in Thailand.

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July 14, 2020

Tilleke & Gibbins Highlighted in WTR Article on Diversity and Inclusion in Asian Law Firms

In a research project to celebrate Pride Month 2020, World Trademark Review  (WTR) recently set out to explore the landscape of diversity and inclusion initiatives in...

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July 3, 2020

Asialaw Awards 2020: Tilleke & Gibbins Nominated for Three National Firm of the Year Awards

Tilleke & Gibbins has been nominated for three Firm of the Year Awards at the third Asialaw Regional Awards—an Asia-wide awards ceremony recognizing the best law firms across the region. The...

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May 28, 2020

Tilleke & Gibbins Named Visionary Client Service Law Firm of the Year

Tilleke & Gibbins is proud to have been named Visionary Client Service Law Firm of the Year – Asia at the 2020 Counsels of the Year Awards, hosted by the Asian-Mena Counsel  ...

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April 24, 2020

Saithong Rattana to Discuss Legal Landscape in Laos during CALCC COVID-19 Webinar

Saithong Rattana

On April 28, Saithong Rattana, attorney-at-law in Tilleke & Gibbins’ Vientiane office, will join a webinar hosted...

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April 16, 2020

Tilleke & Gibbins Nominated for Visionary Client Service Award

In-House Community, the well-respected publishing house behind Asian-Mena Counsel  magazine, has announced the shotlist for its 2020 Visionary Client Service Providers awards, naming...

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July 17, 2020

Tilleke & Gibbins Secures Thailand’s First Return Order under the Hague Child Abduction Convention

Sasirusm (Roll) B. Chunhakasikarn, Pawilai Ploythammachat

We are proud to announce that Tilleke & Gibbins’ international family disputes team has successfully obtained the first return order issued by a Thai court pursuant to the Hague Convention on...

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June 24, 2020

Updated Deposit-on-Arrival Information and Pricing Policy for Foreign Travelers to Cambodia

On June 11, the Ministry of Health (MOH) released a notice on an updated pricing policy for COVID-19 tests, quarantine, and treatment services for foreign travelers arriving...

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June 18, 2020

Thailand to Relax Rules on T.M.30 Immigration Requirements

Penrurk Phetmani

The Royal Thai Police has issued a notification which relaxes the requirement for property owners or hotel managers in Thailand to notify an immigration office every time a...

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May 5, 2020

Lex Mundi Global Attorney-Client Privilege Guide – Thailand Chapter

Michael Ramirez

The Global Attorney-Client Privilege Guide, published by Lex Mundi, provides information on what constitutes attorney-client privilege in over 65 jurisdictions around the world. The Thailand...

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April 22, 2020

Laos Extends Exemption from Visa Overstay Fines

Dino Santaniello

On April 17, 2020, the Immigration Department of Laos’ Ministry of Public Security issued Notification No. 752, which states that, further to the extension of the lockdown measures by the Prime...

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