A Will is a legal document used for the distribution of assets to beneficiaries. A will is not effective until and unless the owner has been proclaimed dead. Since Sharia law is the major law in the UAE, automatically, the distribution of assets in the UAE is subject to the Sharia Law-which many non-Muslims are opposed to. However, with a Will in place, it is possible for non-Muslims to choose their local home country laws to be applied to the distribution of their assets situated in the UAE. For this reason and more, it is most crucial that while any non-Muslim expat in the UAE is alive, a Will should be registered for the protection and gift of asset to the beneficiaries he or she is willing to bequeath them to; usually children.
A Will is also used to select and appoint a guardian for minor children as the Sharia Law also applies to the appointment of guardians. Should you require a free consultation for the registration of your assets in the UAE, feel free to contact us and we will be glad to grant you a free consultation.