DIFC Wills & Probate registry

For you if:

  • You are non-Muslim
  • You have Dubai or RAK assets
  • You are over the age of 21
  • You have minors in need of Guardianship

The DIFC Wills and Probate Registry (WPR) is an ancillary body of DIFC's Dispute Resolution Auhtority (DRA), established by Resolution No.4 of 2014 issued by Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the President of the DIFC. The WPR has been established under the jurisdiction of the DIFC Courts but operates as a distinct entity.

The launch of the DIFC Will & Probate Registry in May 2015 removes one of the greatest sources of confusion and uncertainty faced by expatriates living and investing in the UAE with respect to the distribution of their assets on death. The current system was riddled with a host of uncertainties and conflicting laws with plenty of advisors giving incorrect advice and selling in-appropriate solutions at exorbitant costs.

The WPR is available to all non-Muslims wishing to hold financial and real estate assets in Dubai who want certainty on the distribution of such assets on their death. A declaration of being a non-Muslim will need to be made in the Will and this status will also be tested on death to ensure that the testator did not convert to Islam after making the Will. The registry will allow non-Muslims over the age of 21 to register Wills written in English in the DIFC Court. On death, the DIFC Court will issue a court order (enforceable in the Dubai Courts) for the direct distribution of Dubai-based assets in accordance with the registered Will and thereby removing any ambiguity as to how locally held assets are distributed and avoid the application of Shariah principles. Only assets in Dubai can be included in Wills although it is hoped that the DIFC’s jurisdiction may be expanded to cover assets outside Dubai in the future.

If you would like more information on registering a Will within the DIFC then please contact us.

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