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Online form Step 1

Select and fill in our simple online form to prepare your UAE Will(s).

Drafting of Will(s)Step 2

Our lawyers will prepare and share with you the draft Will(s) for your review.

Receive your Will(s)Step 3

We will finalize your Will(s) and provide guidance on signing/registration.

You will be surprised to see the simplicity of our online form which only asks you questions such as: 

  • Your family details 
  • Guardians for your children below 21 years (if applicable) 
  • How you wish to distribute your property 

No payments are required for filling out our online form. You are only required to make the payment upon submitting the form if you wish us to proceed with the drafting of your Will(s).

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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 courts apply Sharia Law to the distribution of property of non-Muslims 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. If you register your Will with the relevant Wills Registration Office/Notary Public (as applicable) in Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah or Umm Al Quwain, your estate 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.


Process of registering Wills in Abu Dhabi

 Here is a simplified process of writing and registering Wills with Abu Dhabi Wills Registry for Non-Muslims:

1. Place your order

Select Single or Mirror Wills and place your order by filling in our quick and easy online form. This form captures all the information required for us to prepare your Wills in Abu Dhabi. You can carry out a quick assessment of your situation to decide if you need Single or Mirror Wills in Abu Dhabi.

2. Review your drafts

You will receive the draft Will(s) in English by email within 3 working days of the date of your order. For orders that are marked as urgent at the end of our order form, the draft(s) are delivered in 1 working day. Once you have received the draft(s), you will have the chance to review and request any amendments at this stage. 

3. Arabic translation is done

We will arrange the Arabic legal translation once the English draft(s) are approved by you. The translation takes 2 working days. 

4. Your Wills are approved by the Wills Registry for Non-Muslims

We will submit your drafts to the Abu Dhabi Wills Registry for approval. The approval takes 1-3 working days.  At this stage, you will be requested to transfer the will registration fee to us (i.e. AED 950 for Single Will and AED 1,900 for Mirror Wills). We will pay the will registration fee to the Abu Dhabi Wills Registry on your behalf.

5. Register your Wills

We will deliver the printed Will(s) to your home address and guide you on making an appointment with the Abu Dhabi Wills Registry for Non-Muslims. You will need to visit the Registry at your appointment time for signing your Will(s). Once signed, the Will(s) would be registered immediately.  Your Will(s) would become binding upon registration.

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