DIFC Wills &
Probate Registry

DIFC Wills &
Probate Registry

The surviving family of an expatriate who dies without a Will in the UAE may find themselves thrust into an unnecessary and stressful legal process. Therefore, the DIFC's Wills and Probate Registry was established to address the needs of expatriates in these challenging circumstances.

Expats in this situation can turn to our lawyers for assistance and support. One of our lawyers is a member of the DIFC’s Wills and Probate Registry. His legal expertise includes drafting and registering Wills for expats in the UAE, alongwith the probate when necessary, all under one roof. The probate process is conducted in accordance with the DIFC Courts Wills and Probate Registry rules and all other laws applicable in the DIFC.

People have started to realize the benefits of Wills in today's unpredictable environment, especially after COVID. Many surviving family members have been put through complicated legal processes due to death of a loved one. Wills at the DIFC are drafted in English and registered in accordance with English Common Law. One of the advantages of this is that it can cover worldwide assets and the Testator (Will maker) can choose between several types of Wills, including those for the property owner, a guardian, the owner of a company, and those for the owners of financial assets, among others.

In addition, a locally registered Will would create legal certainty for assets accumulated by a non-Muslim expatriate in the event of untimely death and appointing guardians for any minor children, if any.