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DIFC Full Will
The DIFC Full Will is a Will which allows the testator to appoint executors, trustees and beneficiaries of his entire estate which includes real or personal property in the Emirates of Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah. The DIFC Full Will is a comprehensive instrument without restrictions in so far as the estate is in the Emirate of Dubai or Ras Al Khaimah. The DIFC Wills and Probate Registry (“WPR”) is a division of the Dispute Resolution Authority of the DIFC and is mandated with processing probate applications and handling probate claims for Wills registered with the WPR.
In addition to other benefits, the key benefits of registering a DIFC Full Will is that any property including real property can be probated with complete freedom of testamentary disposition (i.e. as per testator’s wishes) which is in line with common law principles. Moreover, a DIFC Full Will generally remains subject to the DIFC Laws rather than UAE Civil Code or the home country laws of the testator.
Although this freedom of disposition remains subject to challenge by an heir or another interested party, the process remains subject to DIFC Courts which are separate from the local courts and are based on common law principles with English as the official language. Where a testator elects the DIFC Will option, upon death, their executor under a DIFC Will would be able to apply to WPR for a grant of probate which is issued by the DIFC Court and is enforceable in onshore Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah without the need for further action through Dubai or Ras Al Khaimah Courts.
DIFC WPR Registration Fee for Single Will – AED 10,000 per Will
DIFC WPR Registration Fee for Mirror Wills – AED 15,000 per set
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Note: Please note that the Wills Department’s professional fees do not include costs of registration of Wills with DIFC WPR. The costs of such disbursements are in addition to the Wills Department’s professional fees and payment of these disbursements is the client’s responsibility. Any assistance offered in obtaining related third-party services through the Wills Department in its capacity as a facilitator remains subject to terms and conditions as dictated by the relevant third party.
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Requirements for this Type of Will:
- Testator must be a non-Muslim
- Testator must be of at least 21 years of age
- Assets must be located in Dubai and/or Ras Al Khaimah
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