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Draft & Register a Will to Protect Your Assets in the UAE

Have you ever thought about what will happen to all your priced possession/assets located in the UAE after your demise? If not, then it’s the right time for you to consider the protection of your assets before it’s too late.

If you are an expatriate, in the absence of a Will, the UAE courts will apply Sharia Law to all of your assets (both movable and immovable) and distribute your assets based in UAE as per Shariah law. Also, all inheritance and guardianship provisions will be as per the Sharia Law. Shariah Law have predetermined set of rules when it comes to the inheritance or property distribution. For instance:

– Wife receives 1/8th of the total asset

– Mother and father gets 1/6 each

Hence, it’s always prudent to draft a Will and register it during your life time.

There are a number of ways to protect your valuable assets in the UAE. Among them, drafting an appropriate Will and registering the same before the appropriate courts  in Dubai is the most preferred, especially concerning expatriates.


In plain language, a Will is the legal document containing instructions or wishes of a person regarding the disposal of his/her property or assets and appointment of temporary or permanent guardian after death.


Distribution of Assets

You can choose your national law as the governing law for your Will created for governing your assets in the UAE Assets and freely distribute it as you desire.


A registered Will ensures that the living parent remains the appointed guardian of minor children after their father’s death. In the absence of a Will, the other parent is at risk of not being appointed as the guardian of the minor children.

Bank Accounts

The bank account automatically freezes upon the death of an account holder; be it a single or joint account. But, if you have a Will in place, the surviving spouse can have an overall control of bank accounts upon completion of the probate process.

Cancellation of Visas

If family’s visas are linked to the deceased person, then, the family members needs to leave the UAE within 30 days, as per the UAE law. This means that the family members must resolve the important inheritance issues in an effective and timely manner before leaving the UAE.

Having a Will is an important step  to resolve distribution of assets and appointment of guardians within such short period of time.


Wills are registered either at Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) or in the Dubai Court. If you are a Non-Muslim Expats, better to register your Expats Will in Dubai at DIFC as you will be able to:

– Choose law of your home country

– Frame the Will as per your wish and distribute it accordingly

– Be in-charge of your assets and safeguard your families interest

Because of its nature and significance, drafting a strong, error free Will is absolutely crucial. The team at Legal Maxims Consultants is equipped with professional experts in these matters and is the most trusted ones when it comes to Wills Drafting & Registration Services in UAE.

If you are willing to register your Will but wondering how to do it amidst the pandemic, we got the solution for you.

To obtain more information about Wills Drafting & Registration in UAE, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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