About Nita Maru

Managing Partner and an English qualified solicitor, Nita Maru is a Member of The Law Society of England and Wales. She is also a full member of Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP), the worldwide professional association for practitioners dealing with family inheritance and succession planning). She holds a full legal consultancy license from the Government of Dubai Legal Affairs Department and The Rulers’ Court. With over 20 years of experience in senior legal positions, Nita has authored numerous articles and essays on asset and wealth protection including recent articles on the new DIFC Wills and Probate Registry in ‘The National’ and ‘Gulf News’ newspapers. Her focus is on safeguarding families, children, and heirs under succession/inheritance laws in Sharia jurisdictions and helping with the administration of deceased’s’ estates. Having created a successful UAE and UK family/divorce law department, serving clients with a holistic approach to their circumstances, Nita also featured recently in the ‘Xpress’ newspaper on Divorce in the UAE. Over the years Nita has a well-established working relationship with both the Dubai and DIFC Courts. Her services are regularly recommended by consulates and embassies in the UAE. TWS Legal Consultants is also on the British Embassy’s list of recommended law firms. She is well-known for her personal yet professional approach to resolving ‘real problems faced by real people’, and can be contacted at info@twslegal.ae or Tel: (+971) 4 4484284.

Where there’s a Will

The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) has formed the DIFC Wills and Probate Registry, which allows non-Muslim individuals owning assets within Dubai to freely dispose of their Dubai estate in the event of death.
Following her involvement with the creation of the registry, which starts today, Dubai-based solicitor Nita Maru answers key questions on the issue […]

New inheritance laws in DIFC

In a landmark move, the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) has set out plans to form the ‘DIFC Wills and Probate Registry’ and introduce new internationally-recognized common law principles that will allow non-Muslim individuals owning assets within Dubai to freely dispose of their Dubai estate in the event of their death.
Following her involvement with the […]

Infidelity blamed for up to 85% of divorces in UAE

Adultery putting marriage vows under strain, say experts
Dubai: Rising infidelity is the main cause for marriages falling apart in the UAE, experts have warned.
While official data show a 34 per cent surge in divorces in 2014 in Dubai alone, experts said 75-85 per cent of the cases they handle involve infidelity.
An Asian woman who has […]

Upcoming Wills and Probate Registry for Non Muslims – Early 2015

In a landmark move, the Dubai International Financial Centre (‘DIFC’) has set the ball rolling for the introduction of new rules relating to succession and inheritance matters of non-Muslims owning assets in the Emirate.
On November 16th 2014, the Dubai International Financial Centre’s Dispute Resolution Authority launched a month-long consultation with the public UAE legal community […]

Registry for Expats will set launch at DIFC

Legal uncertainties over expatriate wills in Dubai could become a thing of the past with the launch early next year of a new registry.
The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) hopes that the new wills and probate registry – open to all non-Muslim expatriates – will benefit those wishing to hold financial and real estate assets […]

Will registry for expats launched by DIFC

DUBAI In a landmark move, Dubai has set the ball rolling for the introduction of new rules relating to succession and inheritance matters of non-Muslims owning assets in the emirate.
On November 16, the Dubai International Financial Centre’s Dispute Resolution Authority (DRA) launched a month-long consultation with the UAE legal community and the public on a […]

Company Formation in Free Zones

Q. What is a free zone? Why do some companies opt to set up their business in free zones?
A. In general, a free zone or free trade zone may be described as a portion of a city or a clearly designated area in a country apportioned for business activities such as the receipt and storage […]

UAE inheritance system

Q:How different is the UAE inheritance system with that of other countries?
In the UAE, inheritance for Muslim nationals is guided by Sharia laws(a system of Islamic law based on the Quran), while the law of the deceased’s home country can be applied for non-Muslim expatriates. Sharia is not a codified law and is capable of […]

Property inheritance matters

As if expat life were not fraught enough with challenges and complications, families of those who invest in properties here face further complications in the sad event that the property owner passes away intestate. Nita Maru of TWS Legal Consultants shares some legal advice regarding the above.
How different is the UAE inheritance system to that […]

Getting round to owning property in Dubai

From what began as a fledgling real estate industry way back in the early part of this century, the emirate of Dubai had definitely grown in leaps and bounds through the years, with its rapid growth halted only by the crippling global financial crisis.
And although the scars left by the property crash remain visible today, […]