Secure your future with a Will in UAE
What is a Will?
A Will is the most important document that you ever write because it allows you to select the persons who will receive what you own when you die.
Why do you need a Will in UAE?
For expats in the UAE with assets, having a professionally created Will is essential. UAE law applies to Wills made by foreigners for property disposal, potentially subjecting assets to Shariah Law.
What to Include in a Will: Property, Assets?
You may think that you have no assets but have you considered what would happen to:
Money in Bank Accounts • End of Service Payments • Gratuity Payment • Death in Service Benefit • Personal Possessions • Business • Car • Stocks • Bonds • Other Investments • Jewelry and Watches • Art Collections • Mutual Funds • Websites and Digital Legacy • Company Shares
There is no rule of survivorship in the UAE. Therefore if you have a joint bank account, then on the death of one of the account holders, the bank account will be frozen and funds unattainable until a Court Order is received.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Happens in the Absence of a WILL
Many non-Muslim expatriates in the UAE are unaware that in the absence of a legally registered Will in the UAE, the process of transferring assets after death can be extremely time-consuming, costly and fraught with legal complexity. This could mean that assets accumulated during their time in the UAE may not go to their loved ones as they would have intended.
How to prepare or create a Will?
With the right preparation, you can create a will that covers your unique needs.
A will’s importance is clear regardless of your personal situation. Without a will, you have no input about the distribution of your property after your death or the persons involved in administering the estate. A local court makes those decisions, and it has no authority to deviate from the state law. In essence, the state steps into your shoes and makes all of the decisions for you.
This can be easily avoided with proper planning. By creating your will now, you can always add to the provisions or alter the document as your life evolves. It’s important to review your current will every five years to be sure that it’s up to date and still reflective of your future wishes.
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Will drafting and UAE estate planning is our flagship service and are our expertise. We have a diverse and multi-lingual team ready to assist you in preparing your bespoke Will, meticulously detailing your wishes to protect your property and assets for future generations.
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