A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is something that we should all consider regardless of our age. It means that we allow a “trusted person” to take over our affairs if we are unable to do so, for example, if we were seriously ill or involved in an accident. For British expats living in Thailand on a Thai Retirement Visa, it is something that they need to consider although they may need two, one for their assets in the UK, and one for their assets in Thailand.
An LPA in the UK
Although you can do an LPA yourself, it can be quite complicated, and everything must be completed correctly. We would always recommend dealing with a company that specialises in the area and are based in the UK.
An LPA in Thailand
An LPA in Thailand involves far more risk than in the UK, so it is crucial that you know how to protect yourself. Here are some things you should know:
- There are two variants in Thailand, a Special Power of Attorney (SPA) and General Power of Attorney (CPA)
- For the purchase or sale of a property, you would require a SPA which would be supplied by the Land Office
- With a SPA it essential that you specify precisely what you are authorising your attorney to do and get it witnessed
- Always handwrite any GPA or SPA to reduce to opportunity for fraud
- Never sign any blank forms
- Unless otherwise specified, it will only be valid for three months from the date that it was signed and witnessed
- It should be registered at the Amphur
How can Thai Visa Express Help?
At Thai Visa Express, while we cannot directly assist you with your LPA we can help with your Thai Retirement Visa or any UK Visa should you wish to take your Thai girlfriend or Thai wife back to the UK. We have over 15 years of experience dealing with UK visas & immigration daily, and we are regulated by the Office of Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) in the UK. We offer a free 30-minute consultation from one of our designated caseworkers, contact us today.