The DIFC Wills Service Centre (the ‘Wills Service’) is a joint initiative of the Government of Dubai and the DIFC Dispute Resolution Authority that gives non-Muslims investing and living in Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah the option to pass on their assets and/or appoint guardians for their children, in accordance with the instructions in their Will.
The DIFC Wills Service Centre provides administrative support to the DIFC Courts Wills Registry for Non-Muslims (the ‘Registry’) where the register of DIFC Wills is held and where all probate matters and probate claims are handled.
Eligible individuals can achieve certainty through registering a Will at the Registry and having this enforced via the DIFC Courts. In the absence of a DIFC Will your assets would be distributed to specific family members in accordance with local laws. For an indication of how your assets would be distributed if you do not have a DIFC Will, please use our Inheritance Calculator below.
The DIFC Wills and Probate Registry Rules (the ‘Rules’) allow eligible individuals the option to register different types of Will depending on the assets that they wish to cover, and whether they wish to encompass guardianship arrangements.
There are currently five types of ‘DIFC Will’ that can be registered, referred to as the ‘Guardianship Will’, ‘Property Will’, ‘Free Zone Company Will’, ‘Financial Assets Will’ and the ‘Full Will’, the key features of which are summarised below.
You should carefully review your situation and satisfy yourself that the type of DIFC Will you have chosen encompasses all of your needs. You should then decide whether to draft your DIFC Will yourself or otherwise engage the services of a lawyer. As your DIFC Will represents an extremely valuable and important legal document you are strongly advised to consider taking legal advice in its preparation. The Wills Service maintains a Register of Will Draftsmen containing a list of qualified legal representatives who are approved to prepare DIFC Wills for registration at the Registry. Once your DIFC Will is drafted you should book an appointment with the Wills Service to attend in person or via the Virtual Registry. During your appointment, a Compliance Officer at the Wills Service will carry out a number of pre-registration checks to ensure that your Will can be registered at the Registry and will act as the second witness to your Will. For more information on the registration process click here.
To get an indication of how your assets would be distributed in the absence of a DIFC Will, please enter the number of all your family members in the table below. You can also add the number of any friends you would wish to benefit.x