Extra protection for Wills through DIFC Wills & Probate Registry partnership with VFS Global

November 8th, 2017

Extra protection for Wills through DIFC Wills & Probate Registry partnership with VFS Global.


Former residents and investors registering DIFC Wills from overseas now have access to free, state-of-the-art identity verification services in 129 countries worldwide

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 8 November, 2017: Following the recent introduction of ‘The Law for Administration of Non-Muslim Estates in Dubai and Execution of their Wills’, DIFC Wills & Probate Registry (the Registry) in partnership with VFS Global is offering next level protection through free, identity verification services for on-line Will customers living overseas.

After completing an on-line will, overseas customers using the ‘Virtual Registry’ service can prevent future challenges to the Will through biometric and identity verification services provided by VFS Global. The added protection gives customers the certain knowledge that their Will cannot be disputed at a later date on the grounds that someone impersonated them at the time of signing.

Sean Hird, Director, DIFC Wills & Probate Registry said: “Reports from the USA and UK indicate growing concern with the number of Wills that are disputed. Our partnership with VFS Global enables us to offer registrants an extra level of security to prevent future challenges to their Will. We are offering this extra comfort as more of our customers choose to register on-line
Wills via our Virtual Registry service. Global investors and former residents living overseas will now be safe in the knowledge that their Wills covering Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah based assets will not be challenged on the grounds of false identity.”

Commenting on the partnership, Sumanth Kapoor, Head of Identity & Citizen Services – Middle East, VFS Global said: “We are honoured to partner with our esteemed client, the DIFC Wills & Probate Registry, and to provide specialised identity verification for Virtual Registry customers. Through our worldwide network, testators will be able to verify their identity for free as an extra security measure – either at one of our thousands of application centres, or in their office or at home. We are confident that our identity verification services will minimise risks of future disputes, and increase the level of reassurance for international customers securing their assets through DIFC Wills in Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah,” he added.

Operating in 129 countries with over 2,400 application centres, VFS Global’s extensive network allows DIFC Will customers access to verification services from across the globe. VFS Global will authenticate the identity of the owner by checking against government-issued identification cards or passports. The identity credentials will then be passed on to the Registry in a secure manner to be stored on an encrypted server along with the Will for 120 years. For an identity check at home or in the office, customers can request the mobile service via an appointment, as long as they are located within approximately 50 kms of an application centre.

The Virtual Registry is a smart government service that for the first time enables global investors wishing to register a Will covering Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah assets from wherever they are in the world. Customers have the option to use the free VFS Global service to verify their identity within 30 days of registration of their on-line Will.

For more details please visit www.difcwills.ae and www.vfsglobal.com