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Probate makes other peoples lives happier

If you're an expat living in Thailand, unless you satisfy one of the conditions that allows you stay in the kingdom permanently, for example if you're married to a Thai national or have a retirement visa, then almost certainly you'll need to do what is known as a "visa run". Basically what happens is, if you live in Pattaya, a bus (or car) will take you to the nearest border, which happens to be Cambodia; whereupon you'll cross over, do all the paperwork (the company will do most of the hard work) and cross back. The whole return trip takes about eight hours. Should you live in the country permanently, you ought to make a will if you have a lot of possessions including money; and probate is the process of confirming that the will is in fact a valid one.

It is important (even more so if you live in a foreign country) that you draw out a document that describes where everything you own is to end up, when you die. Failure to do so may see members of your family (immediate or otherwise) claiming what they believe is theirs, whether you approve or not; and there'll be nothing you can do about it, because let's face it, you're no longer here. The worst scenario is that the government will take everything you own and certain people who may be in desperate need of money to help them carry on in life will be left penniless and/or homeless.