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    Hi Everyone.
    I got married in Thailand last summer ( 2019 ). I have not registered marriage in UK and have told nobody for a very good reason. However, if I die can my wife, she is still living in Thailand and I am living in UK, claim everything I have, obviously she will have to get hold of the death certificate first.
    So my one question is can she come to uk (she has a visa to do this) and claim my possessions and money in bank ?
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    Of course she can Tell her to come here for advice.
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    When you say "got married" are we talking monk's tieing string around your head or an actual marriage ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by -Keith- View Post
    Of course she can Tell he to come here for advice.
    I'm not quite sure that was the raison d'être of the post!

    But yes, in the absence of a will, -Keith- is correct. Your wife is your wife and until such time you are divorced she will have a right under the rules on intestacy to claim against your estate irrespective of where in the world you were married or where either of you lived at the time of death.

    Obtaining a death certificate is a very simple and inexpensive exercise and can be done on line. It takes no more than 3 weeks and costs just £11! Anyone can order a death certificate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tobias View Post
    I'm not quite sure that was the raison d'être of the post!
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    OK Tobias, thank you for the post.
    So What if there is a will ?

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    Tobias is best to advise... from what I've seen online, many people have a will in the UK covering the assets here, and a will in Thailand covering the assets there. Some people say one will covering both, properly translated, is OK for both. It needs legal advice and it seems even that can differ between lawyers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daabren View Post
    OK Tobias, thank you for the post.
    So What if there is a will ?
    Obviously I do not know your personal circumstances so please do not consider what I am about to say as advice. I simply offer readers some pertinent information they may find useful.

    If you make a will you can add what is termed a 'deliberate exclusion clause'. This will make clear that you did not wish a specific person to derive any benefit from your estate.

    Anyone can challenge a will if they believe they may be entitled to part or all of your estate. This includes both estranged spouses and ex-spouses, especially where children are involved or where they have provided care or otherwise contributed to your ability to build your estate.

    By including a deliberate exclusion clause, this provides evidence that leaving the individual out was not an oversight but a deliberate exclusion. It might also be worth writing a letter to leave with your executors explaining the reasons why you have excluded the individual. It may be produced in evidence in any legal proceedings should that individual challenge the will.

    As ray8472 says, always best taking legal advice, especially so if the estate has more than but a modest value.
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    I defer to Mr T's knowledge on wills and estates but going on the personal experience of my dad, MAKE A WILL.
    My Dad did not and a lawyer was appointed to take care of his estate. An aunt got involved and wanted to know all ongoings which the solicitor (it appears) was happy to do so, at a cost for each letter sent out.
    At the end of the day, what with his bills for writing letters etc., it took a toll on the finances of what little my dad had and me and my brother ended up with far less than we could have.

    I'm not interested in the right or wrongs of what happened, just relaying my personal experience of not having a will.
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    That marriage certificate and translation will go along way in helping ..Things go smooth .

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