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Registering your will in Dubai

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    Why you should write a will in Dubai?

    A will is a legal document, describing a persons wishes regarding the distribution of his assets between his family, friends and other people. As per the Law No. 15 of 2017, expats in the UAE are encouraged to register their will with the competent authority, Dubai Courts or DIFC Courts, in order to protect their assets.

    If you have assets in Dubai, in case of death with no registered will the UAE Law of Inheritance will apply. This means, that the deceased persons assets will be distributed as per Sharia Law. Some consequences might be:

    • The suspension of personal and corporate accounts until the bank receives a court order regarding the distribution of assets
    • Joint accounts with your partner might be frozen as well
    • Residence visas of your family members will be canceled
    • Your close family members may not be able to inherit the assets

    Even with the reformed federal inheritance law which came into effect on February 1, 2023, allowing for the children or other close family members of expats to inherit 50% of their estate in case of death with no registered will, you should definitely consider writing and registering your will. Only a registered will can guarantee the distribution of your assets between your friends and family as by your wish. 

    To avoid all the above listed complications, consider registering your will in Dubai. Protect your assets and your loved ones. Contact us now to get a consultation and help with registering your will in the UAE!

    What types of wills are there and how to register your will in Dubai?

    There are two types of wills in Dubai. As mentioned above, you can register your will with the Dubai Courts, which are the onshore heart of the UAE legal system. Wills that are registered with the Dubai Court are valid across the entire UAE. Or you can register your will with the financial freezone DIFC, which is authorized to apply international law rather than Sharia Law. These wills are only valid in Dubai and Ras al Khaimah.

    Based on where you plan to register your will, the set of documents will have to be either translated to Arabic for Dubai Courts, or can be submitted in English for DIFC.

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