Wills for Expatriates living in Dubai & Abu Dhabi, UAE & other Countries
"EXPAT WILLS established since 2008 is the 1st WEBSITE to SPECIALIZE in WILLS for EXPATS GLOBALLY making us the No.1 site for Expat Legal Wills"
The Law & DIFC WPR Rules allow you as a Testator to draft your own Will saving you thousansd of Dirhams
Using our previous proven track record getting Wills approved by the DIFC, Expat Wills has now made available a Software App Wizard to help you to draft your own Will
For Expats and Investors in Dubai, you have the right to draft your own Will to protect your Dubai Assets and to appoint guardians for Children. In accordance with DIFC Wills and Probate Registry Rules Practice Direction No. 1 of 2016 Clause 4, A Will must have been drafted either by a Testator or by a registered Wills Draftsman
Expat Wills is now an Online-based company operating from our new International Offices with the same outstanding customer care services - Expat Wills is expanding internationally and aiming at a new level – to help more expats globally at a reasonable and affordable price.
Expat Wills acts as an Agent between Non-Muslim Expatriates and our network of International Lawyers located in various counties situated outside of the jurisdiction of the Emirate of Dubai. Expat Wills network of International Lawyers outside of the Emirate of Dubai conduct drafting of Wills and carry out all Will related services for the Expatriates.
As an Expat resident - why should I make a Will while living in the UAE ?
Did you know the Government of Dubai official website states that UAE courts will adhere to Sharia Law where there is no Will in place?
Our network of foreign lawyers located in various counties situated outside of the jurisdiction of the Emirate of Dubai can draft your Will using the law of your Domicile Home Country.
You can find EXPAT WILLS on the Official Dubai Government Website
The Official Website for the Government of Dubai states - "Since the UAE is a Muslim country, all courts adhere to Sharia laws in regard to inheritance in case of no wills. However as a result of the Personal Affairs Law (No 28 of 2005), a non- Muslim expatriate who is resident in the UAE can opt for the law of their Domicile Home Country to be applied to the distribution of your UAE assets, provided they have a legally recognized will" You have come to the right place to get your expat legal will.
Expat Wills' network of foreign lawyers Wills Specialists deliberately do not draft just Wills covering assets in Dubai & the UAE only, but our network of foreign lawyers in various countries outside Dubai can help our clients for their entire Estate Planning. Expat Wills can also help and ensure our network of foreign lawyers Wills Specialists abroad to draft your Wills at competitive rates to safeguard your property held in the UAE as well as in other locations in the World.
If you have any money in a bank, savings or you own property in the UAE, making a valid Will that is professionally written and executed, will help protect your family and property, wherever it is situated in the world. Expat Wills network of foreign lawyers based outside of the jurisdiction of Dubai do not offer just Wills but can also give helpful information on Expat issues such as sharia compliant Wills, banking and asset protection for your expat legal will.
Our foreign lawyers and Wills Specialists for the UAE and other countries provide Will services not limited to just Wills for assets in Dubai & the UAE; our network of foreign lawyers based in locations outside of the jurisdiction of the Emirate of Dubai can also help clients in Estate Planning including Trusts (where your Home Country permits), severance of joint tenancy related to property ownership and Will Storage
WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF I AM AN EXPAT AND I DON'T HAVE A WILL
- For Example: If you have assets in the UK or your own Home Country and you do not leave a valid expat legal will, there are statutory rules under the laws of the UK or your Home Country (generally called "intestacy rules") that determine who inherits how much of your estate. However dying without a Will in the UAE is even more of a problem as your assets will definitely be distributed in accordance with Islamic Sharia Law (Islamic Inheritance Laws). This law is very different from most legal systems and has a particular procedure based on a fixed share allocation system for the disbursement of a deceased's assets to family members.
- If you are concerned about what happens to your family and assets, you should most definitely make a expat legal Will and take professional advice on Estate Planning matters. If you do not, you will die intestate (without a Will) and your assets may be disposed of in a way that does not coincide with your wishes. Your family's problems will be even more complex if you own assets in more than one country, such as UK British Expats owning property in both the UK and Dubai. Dying intestate can also cause prolonged legal battles, to avoid this problem it is better to write your Wills abroad.
- In addition your family will be faced with the problem that your Dubai and Abu Dhabi based assets may be frozen due to Dubai Muslim Shariah Law and your bills, debts and mortgage will not die with you. This could leave a great deal of debt unpaid until your estate is finally dealt with by the Dubai Courts based on Shariah Law. Therefore we believe engaging the professional Will writing services of Expat Wills is a very important part of your life planning and will give you and your family peace of mind that your financial affairs are in order.
- If you die intestate (without a legal last Will and testament) in the UK your estate will probably remain tangled up in probate for up to 2 years. However if you are an Expat resident of Dubai, dying without a legal expat Will and Last Testament is a far more serious matter.
- As an Expat resident in Dubai it is very important that you make a properly valid and witnessed legal expat Will and Last Testament which can protect your assets both in the UK and in Dubai. A well thought out expat legal Will and Last Testament prepared by Expat Wills is simply good financial planning.
- Most people living in Dubai prefer not to think about making a legal expat Will and Last Testament or living will. Yet have you ever considered the complications that might arise if the unthinkable happened whilst you were here in Dubai and you did not have a Will in place to protect your loved ones?
- Assets such as money in the bank and property may not automatically go to your dependents if you die whilst residing in Dubai. Your immediate family may have to wait a very long time to benefit from your UK and Dubai based assets at a time when they desperately need money to live in Dubai, for funeral expenses or just to return to the UK.
- There are often disputes within the nicest of families over property and other assets, however making a Will or living Will clearly indicating your wishes to your beneficiaries, will go a long way to resolving future arguments and disputes.
Most Expats in Dubai that already have a legal Will, might not be aware that your existing home country Will or UK Will may not be valid simply due to a change in your personal circumstances. Your existing Will may need updating to a Sharia Compliant expat legal Will if:-
- You are an Expat having money, assets or property in Dubai.
- Should you marry or divorce either in Dubai or the elsewhere.
- The birth or adoption of children in Dubai or elsewhere.
- You wish to add or change guardians for children.
- You have recently experienced a significant change in financial status either due to your assets in Dubai or elsewhere.
- There has been a significant change in tax laws in the your Home Country or Dubai.
- You have a requirement to change your beneficiaries.
- The death or incapacity of a named Executor or Trustee.
- You need to change personal details such as your residential address now that you are an Expat residing in Dubai or you need to alter some personal details of someone mentioned in your Will.
"Certainty? In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes." Quote by: Benjamin Franklin
If you are British or UK domiciled (where your permanent home is situated, not your current residency), which is the case for the majority of British UK Expats living in Dubai, the UK Inland Revenue will take into account your WORLDWIDE assets when calculating your Inheritance Tax (IHT) liability on death.
Therefore British Expats living in Dubai must be aware that an individual who is domiciled in the UK is liable to IHT on chargeable property on a worldwide basis and as such must have a legal expat Will that is tax efficient and in compliance with the latest inheritance laws of the UK.
Even if you write your Shariah Compliant Wills abroad a non-UK domiciled individual is also liable to IHT, but only on chargeable property in the UK. There is a separate rule regarding domicile, which applies for IHT purposes only. An individual can be deemed domiciled in the UK for IHT purposes if he or she was UK domiciled at any time in the 3 years immediately preceding the time at which the question of domicile is to be decided, or alternatively UK resident for at least 17 out of the last 20 years ending with the tax year in which a chargeable event takes place.
As estate planning experts the Wills Specialists Expat Wills do not arrange just wills, we keep an eye on global inheritance laws. Expat Wills understand that Expatriates don't like thinking about morbid issues like dying and just what will happen to their children and loved ones they leave behind if they don't make their Wills abroad. Aside from the trauma to your family etc, they will then have to contend with various issues regarding your financial situation both in Dubai and back home in the UK.
How Expat Wills can help you
Our network of foreign lawyers based in locations outside of the jurisdiction of the Emirate of Dubai do not offer just Wills for clients living in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, being the Wills Specialists abroad, they also provide clients with professional Estate Planning advice. Our network of foreign lawyers understand that British Expatriates and other nationalities working in Dubai and Abu Dhabi are very busy and therefore Expat Wills can meet you at our office, your home or any other place of your choice to collect your information to pass on to our foreign lawyers in other countries and pass on your instructions to our foreign lawyers abroad to ensure the distribution of your estate are written in accordance with your wishes. Our foreign lawyers abroad do not arrange just wills but offer a complete service to protect your family and assets. For different Will Prices including testamentary trusts and more complex estate planning prepared by foreign lawyers based outside of the jurisdiction of the Emirate of Dubai and in client's home country, contact us for a Wills Price List or quotation. We also offer Will Storage (Will storage facilities are managed and situated in the UK and are outside of the jurisdiction of the Emirate of Dubai) which is offered at very competitive priced rates.