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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February 1, 2017

Chambers Asia-Pacific Awards 2017: Tilleke & Gibbins Top Contender for Thailand Law Firm of the Year Award

Darani Vachanavuttivong, Tiziana Sucharitkul

Tilleke & Gibbins has been nominated for the Thailand Law Firm of the Year Award 2017 by Chambers Asia-Pacific. The firm has been nominated for the award six times since 2010, and was...

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January 19, 2017

Tilleke & Gibbins Earns Spot in First-Ever “Emerging Markets Experts” List by Asian Legal Business

Tiziana Sucharitkul, Darani Vachanavuttivong

Asian Legal Business (ALB)  has published an “Emerging Markets Experts” list for the first time, with Tilleke & Gibbins among 11 firms across Asia named to the list.


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November 14, 2016

Euromoney Asia Women in Business Law Awards 2016: Tilleke & Gibbins Named Thailand Firm of the Year

Tiziana Sucharitkul, Darani Vachanavuttivong

Tilleke & Gibbins has been named Thailand Firm of the Year at the Euromoney Legal Media Group Asia Women in Business Law Awards 2016. The awards ceremony was held on November 9 at the JW...

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November 4, 2016

Asialaw Profiles 2017: Tilleke & Gibbins Leads All Firms in Rankings in Thailand

Asialaw Profiles 2017, a guide to the leading domestic and regional firms in the Asia Pacific, has awarded top rankings to Tilleke & Gibbins in Thailand. The rankings, which are...

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October 13, 2016

The Asian Lawyer Emerging Markets Awards 2016: Tilleke & Gibbins Nominated in Five Categories

Darani Vachanavuttivong

Tilleke & Gibbins has been nominated in five categories in The Asian Lawyer’s Emerging Markets Awards 2016. The nominations, which include national, international, and individual...

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January 15, 2016

Lex Mundi Guide to Doing Business in Thailand 2016

The Guide to Doing Business in Thailand, published by Tilleke & Gibbins in association with Lex Mundi, provides a comprehensive overview of the legal...

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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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August 7, 2015

Marrying a Thai Citizen Is a Straightforward Affair

Pimvimol (June) Vipamaneerut

Thailand is a popular tourist destination attracting millions of foreigners to its vibrant cities and windswept shores each year. While many of these foreigners fall in love with the food, others...

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January 7, 2015

Lex Mundi Guide to Doing Business in Thailand 2015

Tilleke & Gibbins, in association with Lex Mundi, has published the latest edition of the Guide to Doing Business in Thailand. The guide provides a comprehensive overview of the legal...

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December 22, 2014

PLC Doing Business In … Multi-Jurisdictional Guide 2015 – Thailand Chapter

Darani Vachanavuttivong, Sriwan Puapondh, Kitti Thaisomboon, Michael Ramirez, Anake Rattanajitbanjong, Passanan Suwannoi, Kasma Visitkitjakarn, Penrurk Phetmani

Practical Law Company, in association with Lex Mundi, has published the latest edition of its Q&A guides to doing business worldwide. The Thailand chapter, authored by Tilleke & Gibbins...

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