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3-Step Process for Preparing Wills for Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Sharjah, Fujairah, and Umm Al Quwain

Complete our online form

Fill in our simple form in less than 10 minutes. Filling in the form itself is completely free.

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

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

Wills in UAE

How to write a Will in UAE?

You are a non-Muslim expat living in the UAE or otherwise have assets in the UAE but you actually reside outside the UAE. You intend to make a UAE Will to pass on your assets to your intended beneficiaries instead of the legal heirs under the Sharia law and appoint guardians for your minor children. You want to give your family peace of mind. Wills for Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, and Fujairah lend you the peace of mind by allowing you to specify your beneficiaries.

Making a Will in the UAE is not difficult. Our online form will help you give us your instructions to prepare your UAE Will in three simple steps. You need to simply fill in our form and provide us details of your beneficiaries, executors and guardians for us to prepare your UAE Will. You will need to keep the following considerations in mind while giving us your instructions:

1. Choose beneficiaries

Your beneficiaries are the individuals that will receive your property. Typically, wills in Abu Dhabi and in other Emirates such as Sharjah, Ajman, & Fujairah may contain the following beneficiaries:  

  • Your spouse
  • Your children
  • Your relatives (parents, siblings, grandparents)

It is possible to give your entire assets to your spouse and, in the absence of your spouse, to your children. 

2. Appoint an executor

It is important to choose a personal representative (known as an ‘executor’) in your UAE Will. Your executor will be responsible for carrying out your wishes as stated in your UAE Will after your death. Your executor will handle your estate, pays off debts and distribute your estate to your beneficiaries. Typically, spouses are appointed as first choice executors in the UAE. However, you should also appoint at least one alternative executor in case your spouse does not survive you. If you have children over 21 years of age, you should appoint one or more of your children as an alternate executor(s).

3. Appoint Guardian for your children

If you have children below 21 years of age, your UAE Will should nominate the guardians for them. If your Will is registered with the DIFC Will & Probate Registry, you should only nominate guardians for minor children who are habitually residing with you in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. 

If one parent passes away, the surviving parent would naturally be responsible for the minor children. A UAE Will should, however, appoint at least one or two alternate guardians to protect minor children in a situation where both parents pass away at the same time. You should note that if this is not done, the court will decide who will obtain custody of your minor children after your death.

Choosing Beneficiaries for wills in Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, and Fujairah

The primary objective of your UAE Will should be to nominate the beneficiaries who will receive your assets upon your death. These beneficiaries will typically be your family members and, in some cases, friends, charities and/or trusts. If you don’t have a UAE Will, the Sharia law will control who will receive your assets in the UAE. This essentially means that your assets will pass on to all your legal heirs. Your spouse will be entitled to 1/8 of your assets. To avoid this situation, you should clearly nominate the following beneficiaries in your UAE Will:

  • Your spouse
  • Your children
  • Your relatives (parents, siblings, grandparents)

It is possible to give your entire assets to your spouse and, in the absence of your spouse, to your children.

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4 benefits of wills in Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman, Fujairah, and Umm Al Quwain

Being an expat or if you own assets in the UAE, a Will could arguably be the most important legal document that you will ever create in your life.

Here are the top 4 reasons for having a Will in the UAE:

1. Avoid application of Sharia law and choose your beneficiary

The UAE courts adhere to the Sharia law in respect of the distribution of assets of all non-Muslim expats who pass away without a Will. This essentially means that your wife, children and all other legal heirs will share your estate in accordance with the distribution mechanism devised under the Sharia law. Your legal heirs could include your parents, brothers and sisters. As a way out, the UAE law allows you to choose the application of the laws of your home country to your inheritance. Which means, you can choose your specific beneficiaries (i.e. wife and children), provided you have executed a clearly drafted Will. Related: Learn about the types of Wills in UAE

2. Appoint guardians for your children

In the absence of clear instructions provided in a Will, you may be leaving the future of your children uncertain. Wills in Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman, Fujairah, and Umm Al Quwain allow you to appoint guardians for your children upon your passing. 

3. Bank accounts

All bank accounts of the deceased (single or joint) in the UAE are frozen upon death until the court has passed orders. It could therefore be impossible for your spouse to get access to the funds or any other property owned unless the court has passed relevant orders. A clearly drafted Will in the UAE should help your spouse to take control of the situation.

4. Make things easy for your family

Losing someone while being an expat in a country that is not your permanent home could be incredibly hard. Writing a Will in the UAE should keep your loved ones well protected during the time when they need the most protection. Real estate It is arguable that the UAE courts may apply the UAE laws to the Wills made by expats disposing of their real property in the UAE. However, this issue has been put to rest by the Rules adopted by the DIFC Wills & Probate Registry. If you register your Will with the DIFC Wills & Probate Registry, your real estate assets will be distributed according to your wishes.

Types of Wills

You may consider one of the following options depending upon your family situation:

Single Will: 

A single Will is a Will prepared for a husband or wife where he/she gives instructions in relation to the distribution of his/her assets. A single Will can be prepared by a married, single, widowed or divorced person.

Mirror Wills:

These are two separate Wills prepared for husband and wife which mirror each other. Mirror Wills are very popular amongst the married couples with or without children. In our online process, you are asked to fill in a simple form. Our legal experts then prepare your Will in view of your specific requirements. The online process has made it easy for us to provide you with a Will at substantially reduced cost.

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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 the UAE. 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 Wills 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 & Probate Registry. Click here to to find out which of the two (2) options you should choose.


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