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Home > Life Events for Citizens > Retiring in Dubai > Preparing your will and retirement
Preparing your will and retirement
​As in any other country, making a will ensures a proper distribution of one’s savings, wealth and assets to the family. Since the UAE is a Muslim country, all courts adhere to Shari’a laws in regard to inheritance in case of no wills. However as a result of the Personal Affairs Law (No 28 of 2005), a non- Muslim expatriate who is resident in the UAE can opt for the law of their Domicile Home Country to be applied to the distribution of their UAE assets, provided they have a legally recognized will.

All such wills need to be signed and witnessed and in conformity with the laws of your home country. For expatriates who decide to create your wills in the UAE, please ensure the same is attested by your consulate/embassy. For your will to be recognized in the UAE, it will then need to be legally translated into Arabic by an authorized translation firm. The Arabic translation then needs to be attested by Dubai Courts Notary Public (DNCP) branches at Al Towar Centre in Al Qusais and Al Barsha from 7.30 am to 1 pm and from 4 pm to 8pm. There are also two branches in Dubai Economic Department and Dubai Municipality, though they follow regular government office timings.

Another option for non-Muslims is to have their wills registered through the ‘Wills and Probate Registry’ at the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC), by making an online appointment, submitting all documents as per their legal process and paying the fee of AED 10,000 per will.
All expatriate married couples are advised to also have separate emergency funds, in case of the death of a spouse, since joint accounts can get frozen by the bank, till a court order determining the release of assets. Providing each other a 'Power of Attorney' document in addition to a will is recommended to prevent this. Legal advice in compliance with the UAE laws must be taken prior to preparation of any
legal documents.  DIFC has dedicated apps for Apple and Android phones to register your wills and book your appointments.

 
Guide towards inheritance for Muslims – Gulf News
Wills of non-Muslims can now by attested at Dubai Courts - Gulf News
Procedures in making a will for expatriate non-Muslims – Gulf News
What happens after a resident's death - Gulf News
How to get your documents attested in Dubai - Dubai.ae
Preparing wills for expatriates - Just Wills UAE
Preparing wills for expatriates - Expat Wills
Preparing wills for expatriates - The Wills Specialists
Finding a private lawyer – Dubai Courts
DIFC wills registration process – DIFC Wills & Probate Registry
Make an appointment with DIFC Wills & Probate Registry - DIFC Wills & Probate Registry
DIFC wills and probate registry fees - DIFC Wills & Probate Registry
DIFC wills iPhone app - DIFC Wills & Probate Registry
DIFC wills Android app - DIFC Wills & Probate Registry

 
Published Date : 13/06/2017Back


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