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November 19, 2020



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Estate Planning Legal Experts of Dubai regularly hear that their customers simply don't have time to finish a will. These customers often develop with restored inspiration to finish their estate plans when confronted with fast approaching travel plans, the demise of a friend or family member who didn't have their estate planned altogether, or an unforeseen disease.

The presence of estate planning has gained importance because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The reason being the havoc created by coronavirus amongst the residents or individuals all over the world and unnatural deaths the world has witnessed. The restrictions imposed by the government considering social distancing restricted entries and other restrictions have increased the issues pertaining to the registration of wills. It is therefore generally advised to approach best lawyers in Dubai in case you are planning to register your will.

Step by Step

The primary step for all individuals willing to register wills or probate is to get it drafted by a professional lawyer experienced and qualified in drafting professional and legally accepted wills. Unlike many countries, UAE has recently acknowledged the concept of wills or probate registration and that is only for non-Muslims. Therefore, the appropriate will shall be drafted by the lawyer possessing significant experience in drafting wills in Dubai.

The second and the most pertinent step in process of wills registration is the decision of the client to opt for relevant authority wherein he or she needs to register and finalise the will. Having said that, DIFC (Dubai International Financial Centre) wills and probate registry allows all individuals to register their wills. On other hand, the courts of Dubai, Abu Dhabi and other Emirates too allow individuals to register the will. Dubai Legal Advisors are often asked about the difference of registration before both the authorities, which are close to none except for the costs of registration and the procedure.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, a recent change can be a witness for those willing to register wills before DIFC as from April 2020, the authorities have allowed for remote registration. The new technology herein plays an important role as the authorities will allow the testator to register the will through a video conferencing.

Under the new system, the authorities will oblige the testator to be available on the video call along with two witnesses and upon confirmation of the presence of all relevant documentation and appropriate will draft, the authority will affix e-signatures and upload the approved will on the system for the testator to download.

In line with foregoing, many of you may wonder the type of documents required by the authorities, which are as follows for your convenience:

  • Appropriate will draft;
  • Passport copy and/or Emirates ID of the Testator
  • Passport copy and/or Emirates ID of the Witnesses
  • Signed and dated statement of the guardian, if needed.

Although the world is constantly battling with the virus and its aftermath, the government and relevant authorities of the country are trying every procedure for alleviating the otherwise difficult procedure. Appointing the Best Lawyer of Dubai is inevitable especially when you are planning for your estate.

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