Practice Areas

Wills & Probate


Safeguarding property in the event of death is difficult without a will. A will is required to secure children's inheritances, set up guardianship arrangements for minor children, establish powers of attorney to govern the estate and the manner in which it should be distributed, and pay off debts and other expenses. 
 
From the outset, we have established a wide and varied practice in matters relating to wills, probate claims and the protection of legacies. 
 
We assist our clients in drafting well-structured and comprehensive distributions, including asset protection. We also assist our clients the attestation of such wills with the proper authorities.
 
A clearly-drafted will is essential for anyone leaving significant wealth. A poorly or insufficiently drafted disposition can result in prolonged litigation and substantial costs to the estate. Sadly, we have found it necessary to advise many clients facing hardships of this kind. 
 
Wills for non-Muslim expatriates in the UAE
DIFC Wills & Probate 
 
In order to assist the large expatriate population in Dubai, the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) has opened a Wills & Probate Registry, where non-Muslim expatriates may have their English Wills legally notarised. As such the DIFC Wills & Probate Registry provides the following options in respect of registration of wills:
  • Full Will: testators may register Wills for their immovable properties including any number of 
  • Real estate units in the Emirates of Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah, their movables and besides appointing a guardian for their minor children, if any
  • Guardianship Will: testators may further opt for 'guardianship wills' in order to appoint guardians for their minor children (i.e. aged below 21 years) residing in the Emirate of Dubai
  • Property Will: testators have the option of covering up to five units of real estate in the Emirates of Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah
  • Free-zone Company Wills: prospective testators may try this option in respect of their shares held in the entities established in the various free zones of Dubai and in Ras Al Khaimah (up to five in number).
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AMA Dubai is qualified and registered as DIFC Wills Draftsmen and Probate Practitioners who hold the requisite eligibility to file and register wills at the DIFC Wills & Probate Registry.
 
 

 

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