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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Alongkorn Tongmee

T:+66 2056 5807

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Associate
Bangkok

Anake Rattanajitbanjong

T:+66 2056 5510

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Associate
Bangkok

Nuanchun Somboonvinij

T:+66 2056 5800

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Associate
Bangkok

Sasirusm (Roll) B. Chunhakasikarn

T:+66 2056 5787

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Associate
Bangkok

Weerawat Distapinyo

T:+66 2056 5508

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Associate
Bangkok

Anyamani Yimsaard

T:+66 2056 5776

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Associate
Bangkok

Pilasluck Kaewmuang

T:+66 2056 5782

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Associate
Bangkok

Kornkieat Chunhakasikarn

T:+66 2056 5804

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Associate
Bangkok

Pawilai Ploythammachat

T:+66 2056 5801

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Associate
Bangkok

Timothy Wales

T:+66 2056 5555

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Consultant
Bangkok
Yangon
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June 9, 2015

ALB Diversity List 2015: Tilleke & Gibbins Counted Among Top Firms

Tiziana Sucharitkul, Darani Vachanavuttivong

Tilleke & Gibbins has been included in the first edition of the Diversity List, a list compiled by Asian Legal Business—forming part of the magazine’s “Women in Law” feature—that...

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March 16, 2015

ALB Power List 2015: Tilleke & Gibbins Ranked Among Top Law Firms in Asia

Placing our firm at the pinnacle of Asia’s legal market, Asian Legal Business  has ranked Tilleke & Gibbins among the top ten “domestic” law firms in Asia in the inaugural...

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April 28, 2016

ALB SEA Law Awards 2016: Tilleke & Gibbins Nominated in Three Firm of the Year Categories

Darani Vachanavuttivong, Tiziana Sucharitkul, Thomas J. Treutler

The nominees of Asian Legal Business’s Southeast Asia Law Awards 2016 have been announced, and Tilleke & Gibbins has secured nominations in three categories, as follows:

April 12, 2017

ALB Southeast Asia Law Awards 2017: Tilleke & Gibbins Earns Nominations in Four Categories

Tilleke & Gibbins has been nominated for two national categories and two regional categories in the Asian Legal Business  Southeast Asia Law Awards 2017. This year’s winners will...

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November 18, 2015

Asialaw Profiles 2016: Tilleke & Gibbins Receives Top Rankings in Four Countries

Asialaw Profiles, a guide to the Asia-Pacific’s leading domestic and regional law firms, has released its annual rankings, and Tilleke & Gibbins has received top rankings in Thailand...

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May 9, 2008

After You’ve Gone . . .

By employing a case study (in which the names and facts are fictional), this article offers insights into the administration of estates in Thailand. Specifically, it demonstrates how the Thai...

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April 25, 2008

An Overview of Thai Adoption Practices

Alongkorn Tongmee

Intercountry adoption has been in the headlines over the past few years, with international celebrities such as Angelina Jolie/Brad Pitt and Madonna garnering much media attention for their...

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April 16, 2009

Bangkok Report – The Songkran (Thai New Year) Skirmish of 2009

David Lyman

This open letter from David Lyman to the clients of Tilleke & Gibbins addresses the events that unfolded in April 2009, when political demonstrations—sometimes violent—took place in Bangkok...

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November 25, 2011

Banking in Thailand: Resident or Non-resident Account?

As a foreigner in Thailand, you may wish to open a bank account in the country to accommodate your financial needs or investment portfolios. You may therefore wonder whether you can open a bank...

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December 3, 2015

Divorce in Thailand: What Foreign Couples Need to Know

Sasirusm (Roll) B. Chunhakasikarn

Divorce in Thailand is becoming more common among Thais, Thai-foreign couples, and foreign couples. In the past, most divorces handled by our firm were between a foreign man and a Thai woman, with...

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