DIFC Wills & Probate Registry

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DIFC Wills & Probate Registry 

Wills for non-Muslims

This briefing note summarizes what the new DIFC Wills & Probate Registry means for you, as a non-Muslim, owning assets in the Emirate of Dubai.

Issue I: April 2015

With effect from early May 2015, non-Muslims satisfying various criteria will be able to register their wills at the DIFC Wills & Probate Registry “The Registry”. The intention of this Registry is to facilitate testamentary freedom for non-Muslims and to provide certainty and simplicity for non-Muslims owning assets in Dubai. The precedent for treating non-Muslims differently is well established in jurisdictions such as Malaysia, Hong Kong, China and Singapore. In 2015 - a year of innovation - Dubai will be the first Middle Eastern jurisdiction to establish laws allowing non-Muslims to use their own succession laws.

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