If you really must divorce, this is how it happens in UAE

It is no secret the UAE has the highest rate of divorce in the region, with Dubai taking first place within the country. In 2012, Dubai alone recorded 1,129 divorces, with divorce among Emiratis making up one-third of all separations.
Various reasons for the high rates of divorce in the country have been cited including marital […]

Will your family have a sound future

In your own country, there may be statutory laws to guide the distribution of your assets after your demise. But in the UAE, making a legally valid will is the best way to ensure that all your wishes are carried out.
According to Sharia law, each member of your family will get a share of your […]

Protect the ones you Love

Although living and working in Dubai offers a charmed lifestyle of sea, sun and sand, it also demands meticulous planning of your assets; not having a legally documented will or estate plan in the UAE means that your estate will be distributed under Sharia law which is both rigid and complicated. Taking professional advice from […]

Legal advice before leg work

It is a well-established fact that every company in the UAE must be duly licensed to operate in the country, irrespective of whether it is commercial, professional, or industrial in nature. What is less evident is how the law and lawyers play a vital role in the formation of a new company. Aspiring entrepreneurs, and […]

Get Wise – Make A Will

As expatriate families, you are concerned about protecting your wealth wisely during your lifetime. But as a specialist lawyer, Nita Maru says it is more important o protect your assets – and your family – by deciding now what to do when faced with death.
My husband and I jointly own a freehold apartment in Dubai. […]

The Family Business & Succession Planning

If you own or part own a business or a professional practice, it is important that your estate and succession planning begin today. As a business owner, it’s quite likely that a significant portion of your wealth–and your family’s source of income after your death–is tied up in the family business. The success of your […]

Where there is a Will, there’s a Legacy

When you are living and earning in the UAE, you need to meticulously plan your assets and their distribution rights after you are no more. Not having a legally documented will for your assets here can have undesirable consequences. Shariah Law is very different to the laws of your home country and affects the distribution […]

Secure the ones you love…..it’s never too early, but often too late.

One of the most devastating things that can happen to any family is the unexpected death of a beloved member. Imagine, if you can, how you would feel if as a result of the death of a loved one, your bank accounts were frozen and family assets were not distributed according to the deceased but […]

Secure the ones you love

One of the most devastating things that can happen to any family is the unexpected death of loved one. The harsh realities of Sharia law mean that your bank accounts could be frozen and the guardianship of your children be in question if a will is not in place. Wills expert Nita Maru, of The […]

A Complicated Business

Continuing our series of Q&As on the complexities of sharia law, our wills expert Nita Maru highlights the importance of drawing up a will in the UAE. The consequences of not making a will could seriously affect the future of your family and friends.