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3 Simple Steps – Wills in Dubai & Will Writing Services for Dubai, UAE

Simple form Step 1

Choose the type of Will and fill out our simple form in about 10 minutes.

DraftingStep 2

You will receive the Will(s) drafted by our lawyers by email.

Receive your Will(s)Step 3

We will finalise your Will(s) and guide you on signing and registration.

To complete your Wills in Dubai, UAE, our simple form requires you to answer a few questions such as:

  • Names of your family
  • Who will get your property
  • Who will act as guardian for your children

Filling in our form is completely free. You will only be required to make payment upon completing the form if you wish to go ahead with preparing the Wills in Dubai.

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Helping you decide between Notary Public and DIFC Wills
Notary Public Wills

UAE courts adhere to Sharia Law in respect of the distribution of assets of a non-muslim UAE expat where he or she dies without a Will in place. The UAE law allows the non-Muslims to choose the laws of their home country to apply to their inheritance. This can be done through a clearly drafted Will.

So, having a Will is mandatory in the UAE.

These Wills are signed before the Notary Public (Courts) in the respective Emirates. This option is suitable for individuals having assets in:

Abu Dhabi

Dubai

Sharjah

Ras Al Khaimah

Ajman

Fujairah

Umm Al-Quwain

DIFC Wills

Only for individuals with assets in Dubai and/or Ras Al Khaimah

DIFC Wills Service Centre (formerly known as DIFC Wills & Probate Registry) has been set up specifically to cater for the requirements of non-Muslims owning assets in Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah.

Benefits of registering a Will with DIFC

1. The registration will give you assurance on the distribution of movable and immovable assets as per your wishes

2.  Legal regime is clear and unambiguous

3.  Probate process is simplerquicker and cheaper than other court processes in the UAE

Eligibility Criteria

1. You must be a non-Muslim and over 21 years

2. Your assets must be situated in Dubai and/or Ras Al Khaimah

Service is available for both residents and non-residents

Read our Article on 5 reasons for registering a Will with DIFC Wills Service Centre

Related links: Visit DIFC Wills Service Centre‘s website. See the DIFC Wills launch news covered by Dubai One.

Here are the 4 main benefits of registering Wills in Dubai

Wills in Dubai allow non-Muslims to declare their beneficiaries, appoint guardians for children below 21 years of age and appoint executors for the execution of Will upon death. The Will registration also makes the process of probate simpler. Each of these benefits are outlined below in detail:

1. Declare your beneficiaries

If you are a non-Muslim either having assets or residing in Dubai, you have the following two (2) options in respect of the distribution of your estate upon your death:

Option 1 – Do not register a Will in Dubai

You can leave your estate behind without the registration of your Will in Dubai. If you choose this option, your estate will be distributed amongst your legal heirs in accordance with the Sharia Law. The probate process for the distribution of your estate would require the court to first establish the list of your legal heirs as per the Sharia Law. Once this is done, the court would issue the probate order outlining the share of each legal heir in view of the principles of Sharia. Typically, a wife gets 1/8 of the estate of a deceased husband. Other legal heirs usually include children, parents and possibly siblings and grand-children.

Option 2 – Register a Will in Dubai

The law allows non-Muslims to register their Wills in Dubai and choose their specific beneficiaries. The registered Wills confirm the non-application of Sharia Law to the estate of non-Muslims. Following this route, a Will would confirm the names and shares of each of the beneficiaries. The process of determining the legal heirs under Sharia Law does not apply in this case. Technically, you can choose anyone as your beneficiary who may inherit 100% of your estate. If you choose more than one (1) persons as your beneficiaries, you can assign the relevant percentage of shares of your estate to each of the beneficiaries. Alternate beneficiaries should be appointed to cover situations where the primary beneficiaries do not survive.

Typically, all married expat couples in the UAE choose each other as beneficiaries of 100% of each other’s estate and, if both spouses pass away together, children are chosen to be the alternate beneficiaries with the estate divided between them equally.

2. Appoint guardians for your minor children

In the absence of a duly registered Will in Dubai, the guardianship of your children below the age of 21 years may be determined by the court in view of the Sharia Law. The process may include the determination of the best candidate to play the role of a legal guardian even when the mother of the minor children is alive. To avoid this situation, it may be best for you to register your Will and declare your wife as the guardian of your minor children and appoint alternate guardians to cover a situation where you and your wife pass away together. The Will can also cover the appointment of temporary guardians where the alternate permanent guardians reside outside the UAE. Any guardian appointed in the Will must be over the age of 21 years.

3. Appoint your executors

An executor is a person who takes the Will to the relevant court and have it implemented. In the absence of a Will, it remains unclear as to who would pursue the probate proceedings at the relevant court. If you wish to register your Will, you may want to appoint your primary beneficiary (such as your spouse) as the executor of your Will. This would ensure that the beneficiary is in charge of the probate proceedings. An executor can also be someone who is not a primary beneficiary or is not a beneficiary in the Will. An executor is also required to be over the age of 21 years for the appointment to be valid in a Will.

4. Make the probate process easy for your family

As a Will provides clear instructions on the distribution of estate as well as the appointment of guardians and executors, the process of probate becomes simple. In the absence of a Will, the court needs to first establish the legal heirs which in itself could take longer time and prove logistically challenging for everyone. This part of the process is avoided through the Will which enables the court to simply issue the probate order based on the Will.

Given the benefits, registration of Wills in Dubai by non-Muslims is critical to any estate planning exercise and should be given due consideration by those non-Muslims either having assets or living in Dubai.

Why Choose Legal Inz for professional will writing services in Dubai?

  • Our lawyers have world-class experience in estate planning matters in the UAE and other international jurisdictions.
  • Our state-of-the-art portal saves your precious time and allows you to initiate and finalise your Will without leaving your home/office in UAE.
  • Our will writing services for Dubai and rest of the UAE include changes to your draft Will within 6 months after signing. This will give you necessary peace of mind on drafting fee if your situation changes after signing your Will.
  • We prepare the draft Will within three (3) working days after you have filled in our online form.
  • We provide lifetime support to all our clients availing our will writing services.

Helping you choose between Single and Mirror Wills

Single Will

A single Will is suitable for an individual and is typically prepared for someone who is not married. A married individual may also request a single Will where his/her spouse does not have any assets in the UAE (such as bank account or other property) at all.

In a single Will, you can make specific gifts of money or property or leave the entire property to any person you like. A single Will allows you to appoint guardians for children, leave gifts to specific people and also to express any other wishes.

Mirror Wills

Mirror Wills are basically 2 individual single Wills and are appropriate for married couples either having assets in individual or joint names. You save money by requesting the Mirror Wills rather than as two single Wills.

In Mirror Wills, each spouse can make specific gifts of money or property or leave each of their entire property to any person they like. Mirror Wills cover distribution of property, guardianship, appointment of executors and provisions for specific gifts.

We Come to You

Many of our expat clients are working couples and do not find spare time during the week days for various important personal issues. These clients have shown great interest in putting in place their Wills in the UAE. Given the demand, we have launched exclusive service to help our clients write their Wills in Dubai. Our specialist lawyers are now happy to meet you at your preferred location on Saturdays. The lawyers are glad to answer any queries you have in relation to the UAE in the UAE and take instructions for preparing your Will on the spot.

 

What if I do not have a UAE Will?

UAE courts adhere to Sharia law in respect of the distribution of assets of a non-muslim UAE expat where he or she dies without a Will in place.

The UAE law allows the non-Muslims to choose the laws of his or her home country to apply to their inheritance. This can be done through a clearly drafted Will. So, having a Will is mandatory in the UAE. Non-Muslim UAE expats or individuals otherwise having assets in the UAE must either register their Wills with the Notary Public or the DIFC Wills Service Centre. Click here to to find out which of the two (2) options you should choose.

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