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REST IN PEACE
REST IN PEACE
01 Jul 2015
The position of Wills and Inheritance laws applicable to non-Muslims owning assets in the region was uncertain – that is until 3
May 2015, when the DIFC opened its doors to the newly created Wills and probate Registry (WPR). For the first time in the MENA region, the DIFC has successfully provided a mechanism which allows non-Muslims to register a Will under internationally-recognised common law principles.
Whereas the historical position created uncertainty and misconceptions amongst the non-Muslim population as to the succession of their local assets after their demise, the DIFC WPR gives legal certainty for inheritance matters to those who opt-in to the DIFC WPR solution.
As a result of working closely with the DIFC Courts and by complementing existing UAE laws in this area, the DIFC WPR has provided an innovative solution to non-Muslim expats and investors alike who were perhaps previously reluctant to expand their investment portfolios to local assets as a result of the ambiguous existing local inheritance laws.
James Berry & Associates are proud to have played a leading part in creating this exciting and ground-breaking new Registry. We can assist with preparing Wills that can be registered with the DIFC WPR to provide you and your family with legal certainty and a cost-effective solution to owning assets in Dubai to ensure that they pass in accordance with your wishes. For further information, please contact
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