Non-Muslims with assets in RAK may now include them in Dubai wills

A digital platform will be launched on Sunday allowing non-Muslims with assets in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah to include these items in their Dubai-registered will.Dubai International Financial Centre Wills & Probate Registry (DIFC WPR) has extended its coverage to RAK, said Nita Maru, a solicitor and managing partner of TWS Legal Consultants, who […]

Frequently asked questions on wills in the UAE

More than 2,000 UAE residents have now registered their will with Dubai International Financial Centre’s Wills and Probate Registry. The registry was set up in May 2015 to help non-Muslims ensure that their assets in Dubai bypass Sharia Law and are handed to the beneficiaries of their choosing.
But while the registry offers peace of mind […]

Why expats in the UAE need to plan for the worst

If your family is left behind grieving, stranded and strapped for cash, it won’t be because you did something wrong. It will be because you did nothing.

As an expat living in the UAE you can be forgiven for thinking about the here and now and not contemplating what might happen if you pass away. But […]

Common mistakes to avoid while drafting a will

Why wills that are homemade or prepared by unlicensed writers are often found to be invalid and ineffective in the UAE
DUBAI: Incorrectly drawn up wills are often found to be invalid and ineffective in the UAE and can lead to an estate being treated as if the person died intestate, i.e. without a will, a […]

UAE expatriates must start planning today for tomorrow

A will is essential to protect your family and assets.It is not a pleasant subject to think and talk about. However, all expatriates living in the UAE need to be aware that the laws over here differ from those in their home countries when it comes to matters of death and inheritance.
ExpatConnect has asked solicitor […]

DIFC Wills and Probate and Registry

Non-muslim expats can now register a Will under international Common Law.

The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) launched the DIFC Wills and Probate Registry (WPR) that allows non-Muslim expats to control what happens to their assets based in Dubai in the event of their death.
Nita Maru is a UK-qualified solicitor and managing partner at TWS Legal […]

DIFC Wills and Probate Registry

Nita Maru, Solicitor and Managing Partner of TWS Legal Consultants talks about the new regulations regarding wills announced by DIFC.

In a landmark move the DIFC introduced new rules, relating to succession and inheritance matters for non-Muslims owning assets in the Emirate of Dubai. The DIFC is the first jurisdiction in the MENA region, where a […]

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 […]

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 […]