Forming a company in Thailand can be a tricky and frustrating affair. Trust me, I have been there and done that and so have many expats living here in Thailand. As a Thai national, it was just as frustrating for me to form my Thai company. The best advice I can give you when forming a company in Thailand, or in general if you use any legal services from a Thai Legal firm, then MAKE SURE you have a crystal clear contract in English and Thai that specifically outlines the total amount of money you have to pay for the services they provide.
Furthermore, make sure you independently get the Thai version of the contact confirmed that it matches that of the English equivalent they provided you. I am fluent in both Thai and English and many times I have seen the Thai translation does not match the English and it’s the Thai version that will ALWAYS hold weight in the Thai courts of law. Some of these lawyers are sneaky little buggers and they will find a way somehow to earn more money from you.
Now there is nothing wrong with paying for a service – that is the point of using them. But what is frustrating and very common place in Thailand is you are quoted a price and then go to pay and then get told oh you have also got to pay for this, and for that, oh and you will need this and you must have that.
So get the services you require written very clearly and with the total costs and notify the Thai legal firm that you expect them to deliver on their promise without any hidden charges or fees associated with the formation of your new Thai company.
Choosing a Thai Legal Firm
There are many legal firms and lawyers in Thailand but it comes down to the same question that plays on all of our minds – which one can I trust? I do not have the answers and to be honest, there are no legal firms I can recommend. There are some good honest legal firms in Thailand I’m sure but there are some who are shady.
It bores down to the same problems involving money and trust. There are just too many legal firms in Thailand whose sole ambition is to make as much money as possible as opposed to actually putting their clients needs before their own. This is the main problem and why you will constantly find hidden charges that prop up here and there when dealing with some of these shady companies.
So if you do happen to pick a legal firm and they do start charging you hidden extras then make sure you have a backup plan and a few numbers saved to get you away from the bad legal representatives as soon as possible and in the care of a good Thai legal firm.
That all being said, I have included a list of some Thai legal firms as found below that you may find helpful to set up your limited Thai company.
These are not a list of my top recommended legal and law firms in Thailand. I have never used their services. This is just a list of legal companies that I know are in business who may be able to assist you with your company formation in Thailand along with any other legal services you may need.
THAI COMPANY FORMATION
On this page you can find a directory of Thailand company formation businesses
LAWYERS & LEGAL FIRMS
Company: Panwa Group of Companies
Panwa Group, founded in year 2000, is accounting, auditing and tax-business advisory firm based in Bangkok and Phuket. Founder and managing director is Mr. Prasert Poothong, a certified public accountant (C.P.A. Thailand) with over 19 years experience at management level. We serve small to medium size local and international companies in various businesses around Thailand.
At present, we are providing auditing service to more than 120 companies, and accounting and taxation services to more than 80 companies all over Thailand. Many of these business have foreign, non-Thai partnerships.
As experienced Thai accountants and auditors we understand the complexity and changes of Thai law and regulation. We are also constantly updating ourselves to be able to provide our clients up to date information and the best services for the success of their businesses. Whenever necessary we inform our clients of news and changes and updates related to their business and taxation matters.
Company: Interactive Associates
Interactive Associates is a group of international advisors working with licensed Thai lawyers and accountants to provide top-level business services for foreigners. We employ over 60 people in our Thailand offices through 3 office locations. We assist a large number of international clients to seamlessly navigate through the complexities of Thai legal and business matters.
The backbone of our business consists of highly Experienced lawyers and accountants, who are committed to providing premium quality products and exceptional service. Our mission is to create a personal environment, where each client of Interactive Associates receives Professional, knowledgeable, consistent and dependable advice. Ultimately, we strive to help our clients achieve peace of mind by taking over their legal or business burden.
TILA LEGAL is comprised of English speaking lawyers and is an eclectic mix of Thai national and international individuals. This organization has vast experience when it comes to dealing with the expat community and has helped thousand of companies from Australia, United Kingdom, United States and other nations to complete their company / business registration in Thailand efficiently and easily. TILA LEGAL enables international companies to fulfill their dream of being part of a rapidly growing economy. In terms of Purchasing Power Parity (PPP), a measurement of living standards, Thailand is one of the top 25 nations in the world, ahead of European countries such as Sweden and Switzerland. Thailand experienced Gross Domestic Product growth of almost 8 in 2010, making it the fastest growing economy in South East
Company: Siam Legal International
Our Thailand lawyers provide you with a wealth of experience from years of government and private sector experience. We are especially proud of our partners’ vast experience in Thailand legal matters, international law and law enforcement. Our licensed Thai lawyers have valuable knowledge in dealing with government agencies in Thailand, and this experience is of great importance when dealing with Thai legal cases and investigative service. Our vast network of law offices in Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Samui and Hua Hin offers our clients ease of ability to communicate with our Thai Lawyers in most cities in Thailand. If you need a lawyer in Thailand we invite you to visit one of our many law offices in Thailand for a consultation for any of your legal needs.
Company: Juslaws & Consult Co., Ltd
Juslaws & Consult are committed to our client’s success and therefore, every task we undertake is geared towards this achievement. For this reason, we provide our clients with effective and prompt responses to their primary legal concerns and we create a well-rounded team to work on their behalf.
Our client service standards affirm our commitment to prioritize the needs of our clients and to ensure excellence in all that we do. We also maintain complete confidentiality in all records and remarks pertaining to the client’s matters. We strictly uphold the Attorney-Client relationship.