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Wills for Muslims in UAE Made Easy.

Give your loved ones peace of mind with a Muslim Will.

3 Easy Steps

  • Select your package and fill in our quick order form.
  • Receive your personalized drafted Will for your review.
  • Receive signing instructions/assistance as per the order.

AED 2,999AED 999

Prepare your UAE Muslim Wills Today

3 Simple Steps

Step 1
Complete our online form

Fill in our simple form in less than 5 minutes. Filling in the form itself is completely free.

Step 2
We prepare draft

We prepare your Will(s) in 3 working days for your review. We then amend drafts where required.

Step 3
You sign the Will(s)

We finalise/send your Will(s) with full instructions for signing. We provide help in signing where relevant.

We will need only the following information to place your order:
  • Your family details
  • Details of beneficiaries
  • Guardianship details if you are ordering guardianship Will
The online form can be filled in by you free of cost. You will only need to make payment if you wish to proceed with your order.

Registered with / Member of

  • Member of Dun & Bradstreet
  • Member of the society of will writers
  • Member of the society of will writers
  • Member of Bar Association
  • Member of DIFC Courts Wills Service

Select Your Package and Order

The below promotional packages for Muslim Wills are applicable for limited time.

Basic
AED 999 AED 2,999

Muslim Single Will

  • Single Will for UAE assets with consent letters from legal heirs
  • Personalized legal advice
  • Complete signing instructions
  • Drafting in 3 working days
Regular
AED 2,499 AED 4,999

Basic Muslim Estate Plan

Includes everything in Basic, Plus:

  • Will for UAE assets with consent letters from legal heirs (for the spouse with drafting in 3 working days)
  • Two general powers of attorney for UAE (1 for each spouse).
VIP
AED 2,999 AED 5,999

Complete Muslim Estate Plan

Includes everything in Regular, Plus:

  • Guardianship will for minor children by husband to appoint wife as legal guardian

* Applicable for spouses having children under 21.

* As husband is automatic legal guardian, wife does not need to write guardianship will in favor of husband.

Notes: Please read and understand the articles explaining Muslim Wills on this page before placing your order.

Here is what you need to know about Muslim Wills in the UAE

Muslim Wills

A Muslim Will is the most critical document forming part of the estate planning in the UAE. We have outlined below the most important issues that you need to understand while deciding to go ahead with writing your Muslim Will in the UAE:

1. Distribution of your assets

As a Muslim, the Sharia Law would apply to the distribution of your assets after your death. However, you may attempt to achieve the following objectives through a Will:

  1. Give your entire assets to your spouse. This will be subject to you obtaining letters of consent from your legal heirs confirming your wishes. Your legal heirs will need to confirm this consent after your death for this option to be valid and binding at the relevant time.
  2. Give up to 1/3 of your assets to someone who is not your legal heir (such as charity or distant relatives).

2. Guardianship of your minor children

If you have any children below the age of 21 years, you should note that your wife will not be the automatic guardian of your children upon your death. She will only keep custody of your minor children as per the UAE law. The legal guardianship of your children will be determined by the UAE courts keeping in view the circumstances at the time and it may be granted to a male in your side of the family. The legal guardian appointed by the court will have the authority to exercise legal rights over the minor children and their assets while the children may stay in the custody of your wife. This may not be a desirable situation given the potential practical and legal complications. To avoid this, you should write a Guardianship Will to appoint your wife as the legal guardian of your minor children.

You should also appoint alternate guardian(s) in your Will to cover a situation where you and your spouse both pass away together. This option may be available depending upon the place of registration of your Guardianship Will.

3. Appointment of Executor

Your Muslim Will should appoint your spouse as the executor of your will to ensure that he/she has full control over the process of obtaining inheritance certificate form the court.
You should also appoint alternate executor(s) in your Will to cover a situation where you and your spouse both pass away together.


Gift Deed (Hiba)

If you wish to pass your assets to your spouse during your lifetime, you should consider the following:

1. Unregistered Assets

All of your personal and household items (everything you have at home) are your unregistered assets. These assets will be distributed to all of your legal heirs as they will remain your personal property and form part of your estate upon your death. Your wife will be entitled to 1/8 of these assets only. This can make things difficult for her as these items would be essential part of her and your children’s day-to-day use. She will be under a legal obligation to give away the shares of all other legal heirs (if any) determined under Sharia law. To avoid the situation, you should gift all these personal and household items to your wife through a Gift Deed during your lifetime.

2. Registered Assets

Your registered assets include your apartment, company shares, bank account and vehicle etc. You can also gift your apartment, company shares, vehicle and the cash in bank account to your wife. However, you have to transfer the ownership of the apartment, company shares and the vehicle to your wife in the relevant Government Departments during your lifetime to ensure the validity of this gift. Otherwise, such a gift may not be enforceable.


Power of Attorney

A power of attorney is an important part of estate planning exercise in the UAE. The power of attorney will allow your spouse to represent you before third parties including government departments, manage your assets and take other actions that you would want your wife to take in the event you are either outside the country or is unable to take action due to some illness/incapacitated. The power of attorney will however expire upon your death.

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Five (5) things you need to know about Muslim Wills in UAE

If you are a Muslim looking to make a Will in the UAE, here are some of the most important issues that you should keep in mind:

1. Distribution of your Assets

Being a Muslim, Sharia law will apply to the distribution of your assets in the UAE. This means that all your legal heirs will be entitled to their shares (as determined by the Sharia law) in your estate after your death. Being an expat, if you are looking to pass on your entire assets to your spouse, you may attempt to achieve this objective by making a Muslim Will in the UAE. The distribution of your entire assets to your spouse will be subject to you obtaining consent letters from your legal heirs confirming your wishes and the legal heirs confirming their consent after your death before the relevant court. If your legal heirs do not provide their consent at the relevant time, the Will signed by you will not have any binding effect, in which case it may only act as an instrument of your request having some moral sanctity for your legal heirs to follow.

2. Guardianship of minor children

In the absence of a Will, the legal guardianship of your minor children will be determined by the court keeping in view the circumstances at the time and it may be granted to a male in your side of the family. Your wife will only keep the custody of your minor children. The legal guardian appointed by the court will be responsible for making legal and financial decisions about your minor children. To avoid this, a Guardianship Will should be signed by you to appoint your wife as the legal guardian of your minor children. You may also consider appointing alternate guardians in case your wife does not survive you.

3. Appointment of Executors

It is important that you appoint your spouse as an executor in your Will to ensure that she has the complete control over the probate proceedings after your death. You should appoint at least one or two alternate executors in your Will to ensure that they can act in a situation where you and you wife pass away together.

4. Muslim Will vs. Gift Deed

A gift deed (hiba) is not the same as Will. The key difference between a Will and a gift deed is that gift deed is a document that is used to transfer assets during the lifetime and a Will is used as a document to transfer assets after the death. You should use the gift deed only if you wish to transfer your assets as a gift during your lifetime. You can indeed transfer 100% of your assets to your spouse or anyone during your lifetime.

5. Muslim Wills vs. Powers of Attorney

A power of attorney is a document where a spouse is appointed as a representative of the other spouse to take action in situations where the spouse granting the power of attorney is not available due to travel commitments, hospitalization or incapacitation etc. This document is particularly important for the UAE expats due to their frequent travelling and requirement that their affairs be managed appropriately in the UAE during those times. A Muslim Will, on the other hand, is a document that becomes operational upon death and governs the distribution of assets and guardianship after death. A power of attorney expires on death and does not have any provisions regarding the distribution of assets or guardianship.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some answers to some of the most common questions related to Sharia Compliant Wills in the UAE.

A Sharia Compliant Will is a Will written by a Muslim in accordance with the principles laid down in the Sharia Law. The concept of a Sharia Compliant Will entitles you to pass on up to 1/3 of your estate to someone other your legal heirs.
Your legal heirs under the Sharia Law will be determined based on your family tree after your death. Depending upon your family situation, your legal heirs could potentially include your parents, spouse, children, grandchildren and siblings.
The share of your wife in your estate after your death will be 1/8.
The share of your husband in your estate after your death will be 1/4
Yes, your parents will be entitled to receive a share in your estate in accordance with the Sharia Law.
After the distribution of the share of your parents, each of your male children will be entitled to receive double the share of your female children in your estate.
This is only possible through a Will written along with the consent letters issued by your potential legal heirs. The consent will need to be reconfirmed by your actual legal heirs directly before the relevant court or through consent letters duly notarized indicating that they are happy to allow the transfer their share upon receipt in favour of your wife. In the absence of this consent after your death, your Will would not have any legal effect. The Will may still have some moral standing in the eyes of your legal heirs requesting them to provide their consent. Further, if you have children below the age of 21 years of age at the time of your death, they may not be in a position to give their free consent but their share in your estate will be managed by your wife as being their legal guardian, provided that you have written a guardianship Will in favour of your wife.
Yes, you will need a guardianship Will to appoint your wife as the legal guardian of your minor children. On the other hand, your wife does not need to write a guardianship Will to appoint you as the guardian of your children as you are the automatic legal guardian of your children under the UAE law.
A power of attorney issued by you will only assist your spouse during your lifetime to take action on your behalf on various issues. It will work in situations where you are incapacitated or otherwise are unable to act. A power of attorney issued by you will expire upon your death.
You cannot avoid the application of Sharia Law on your estate after your death. However, your request may be respected by your legal heirs if they are happy to provide their consent in favour of transferring your estate to your spouse.
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