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Types of Wills for Non-Muslims in the United Arab Emirates

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Millions of individuals from almost all parts of the world throng to the United Arab Emirates every year with career advancement, tourism, higher studies, and business in their minds. The UAE is a Muslim country so most of the people coming from Muslim countries are easily able to understand the local laws and regulations, which are in-line with the teachings of Islam and its Shariah. However, the people visiting Dubai and other states of the United Arab Emirates from western countries like the United Kingdom, the United States, or Canada are mostly non-Muslims are hardly aware of anything about Islam or the laws implemented in the UAE. This article will give all such individuals an insight into the types of wills in the United Arab Emirates.

There are two types of wills available for Non-Muslims in the UAE and one can find the will writing services in Dubai on the attached link.

  1. Notary Public Wills
  2. DIFC Wills & Probate Registry Wills

The Notary Public Wills are stated in both English and Arabic languages and are registered with a Notary Public in the United Arab Emirates where the person resides and has assets. All the states of the UAE except Abu Dhabi have Shariah laws applicable on the distribution of the real estate. Abu Dhabi relieved it in May 2016.

  • You can use the DIFC Wills to distribute both moveable as well as immoveable assets as per your wishes. Such a thing can’t be possible with a will that is registered with the Notary Public.
  • With all the questions and situations with regard to drafting and probate of wills, you may go through the DIFC WPR Rules.
  • The Will registered with the DIFC Wills Probate Registry is quick to obtain a probate.
  • All non-Muslims, whether resident or non-resident, who are over 21 years old are eligible to get their legal wills registered with the DIFC Wills, Probate Registry.

It is important to mention here that fee for the registration of a DIFC Property Will varies on the number of properties. The single-property wills cost at 7500 AEDs, which is 2500 AEDs less that the full DIFC single will fee. The Mirror Property Wills cost at 10000 AEDs, which is 5000 AEDs less than the full DIFC mirror wills fee. The fee for modification of Property Will is 550 AEDs, which stays the same for both the full DIFC Will and Property Will.

For more information about the DIFC wills and probate, please follow the link.