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Do i need a Will in the UAE?
According to a survey conducted by DIFC Wills & Probate Registry last year, nearly 60 per cent of respondents don’t see Dubai as a permanent home.
However, 64 per cent of expats stay significantly longer in Dubai than they had originally thought, and despite 58 per cent of respondents claiming they had assets in Dubai, little more than 10 per cent out of this have a will registered in the UAE.
What can happen if you don’t have a will upon death?
What should you do beforehand?
Getting a Will in the UAE – The Process
You can get your will registered at Dubai Courts or through the DIFC Wills and Probate registry.
Submit and get Approval
Processing of Application
Drafting the Will
For DIFC Wills and Probate registry, they do not provide any will-writing services and when you go there, you must be ready with your written will. However, they have a register of companies (which is not proof of endorsement) on their website who can do it for you. It is ultimately your responsibility to decide who drafts your will.
However, registering your will with DIFC Wills and Probate registry will give you coverage only in the emirate of Dubai.
Power of Attorney
Taking a PoA is a great way to compliment your will, because it will enable your next of kin or trusted person to look after your assets during your lifetime. However, this is not a substitute for a will as all PoA agreements turn void once death is confirmed.
A power of attorney draft can cost around Dh1,000 to Dh2,000 while registration costs Dh265.
Embassy and Consulate
Who will execute my Will?
If you would like to know more or are interested in discussing your Estate Planning needs, please get in touch and we will happily introduce you to our affiliated partner who specialises in Estate Planning in the UAE.