Can Muslim expats register a Will in the UAE?
Yes, Muslim expats can register Wills at the ADJD (Abu Dhabi Judicial Department) through the Civil Family Court (ADJD Civil Wills Office).
Can Muslim expats choose their beneficiaries (individuals entitled to inherit their assets)?
Yes, Muslim expats are now free to choose who inherits their assets and the share they can inherit.
Can a Will registered in Abu Dhabi cover my assets based in Dubai or any other emirate?
Yes, an Abu Dhabi Will covers assets located anywhere in the UAE, including future assets.
How is a Mirror Will different from a Single Will?
Mirror Wills are essentially two (2) separate Single Wills with almost identical provisions. These Wills are ideal for couples having either shared or separate assets. In a Mirror Will, the content of each spouse's Will “mirrors” the content of the other spouse's Will.
Can a beneficiary of a Will be appointed as the executor as well?
Yes, a beneficiary can act as the Will's executor. In fact, it is advisable to designate a beneficiary as the executor.
Do we require witnesses for Will registration in Abu Dhabi?
No, there is no requirement for witnesses in registering a Will in Abu Dhabi. Only the testator i.e., the person making the Will is required to sign and attend a video call to conclude registration.
What documents are required for making a UAE Will?
A valid passport and Emirates ID (if applicable) are the only documents required to make a Will in the UAE.
What is the process for making a Will in the UAE?
Below we have explained the process of making DIFC and Abu Dhabi Wills.
We will prepare a Will draft as per your requirements. Once you approve the draft, we will schedule an appointment with DIFC WSC for online registration. The registration can be completed over a video call with a DIFC WSC officer. DIFC Will requires the presence of two (2) witnesses along with the testator. Over the call, the Will shall be electronically signed and witnessed.
Abu Dhabi Wills
Your Will draft will be prepared by a qualified team of lawyers, and upon approval will be translated into Arabic. An appointment for online registration will be scheduled with the ADJD. A signed copy of your Will shall be uploaded on the ADJD’s portal before the video conference call. The testator’s identity will be verified over the call, and the Will is read out. Once the registration process is complete, the registered Will is sent to the email address of the testator.