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Secure the future of your loved ones through registering a DIFC Will today.

We provide certainty and security through a Will registration service

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.

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Which Will

Which Will is right for me?

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.

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Guardianship Will

  • Guardianship appointments only
  • Children must be below 21 years
  • Children must be resident in Dubai or Ras Al Khaimah
  • Permanent and interim appointments available
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Full Will

  • Covers all types of assets
  • No limit on real estate properties
  • Dubai and/or Ras Al Khaimah assets
  • Guardianship appointments
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Property Will

  • Real estate property only
  • Limited to 5 real estate properties
  • Real estate in Dubai and/or Ras Al Khaimah
  • Online template Will
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Free Zone Company Will

  • Free zone and RAKICC company shares only
  • Limited to 5 separate shareholdings
  • Dubai and/or Ras Al Khaimah assets
  • Online template Will
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Financial Assets Will

  • Bank and brokerage accounts only
  • Limited to 10 separate bank or brokerage accounts
  • Dubai and/or Ras Al Khaimah assets
  • Online template Will
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Next Steps

What are the next steps?

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.

Step 1.

Confirm Your Selection

  • Guardianship Will
  • Property Will
  • Free Zone Company Will
  • Full Will
  • Financial Assets Will

Step 2.

Draft the Will

  • Self-written
  • Prepared by a lawyer
  • Register of Will Draftsmen

Step 3.

Pre-registration Formalities

  • Book an appointment at DIFC Wills Service
  • Submit draft Will
  • Check legal compliance
  • Attend at the DIFC Wills Service
  • ID’s and Witness Statements

Step 4.

Registration

  • Registration at the DIFC Courts Wills Registry for Non-Muslims
  • Confirmation