UAE courts follow the Sharia Law in respect of the division and distribution of Assets of a Non-Muslim expatriate in the UAE where they die without a Will in place.
The UAE law allows the Non-Muslim expats to choose the laws of their home country to apply to their inheritance through a registered Will.
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.
Service is available for both residents and non-residents
UAE government offers a wide array of categories for the drafting of will in Dubai.
A Joint Will is a single document which allows for a couple to combine their Last Will and Testament. Normally, one partner inherits the entire estate when the other dies. When the second partner dies, the estate will be handled as agreed to by both partners.
Mutual Wills in Dubai offer couples essentially the same thing. Mutual Will are generally two identical Wills supported by a separate document that commits the surviving partner to a particular distribution of their estate, in effect, it creates a Joint Will.
Reciprocal or Mirror Wills are separate Wills in the individual names of both partners, that describe essentially the same terms. Names aside, they are often identical but don’t necessarily have to be. Most commonly, Mirror Wills have the surviving partner and children inheriting the estate. While there is no contract or binding agreement in place that prevents the surviving partner from amending their own Will later.
Mirror Wills in Dubai don’t have the heavy-handed rigidity or the legal ambiguity of Joint or Mutual Wills.
Article 17 of the UAE Civil Code lays down that inheritance of the property shall be governed by the law of the testator at the time of his/her death. However, Wills and other matters relating to personal affairs are generally governed in the UAE by Federal Law 28 of 2005, known as the Law of Personal Status, which is based on Islamic Law.
If a person does not leave a will, or the will is declared invalid, then the person is deemed to be died intestate (not having made a will before he dies).
Thus, a Will can:-
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