Inheritance registry created for non-Muslim expats

Non-Muslim expatriates who own property in the UAE can breathe a sigh of relief thanks to new rules set in place by the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) that allow the expats? assets to be willed to people of their own choosing.

The centre passed a set of new rules which will exempt non-Muslim expatriates who own assets in Dubai from the Sharia stipulations on succession. With the DIFC Wills and Probate Registry, non-Muslims will have the right to choose how their estates are to be distributed after death.The launch of the DIFC Wills and Probate Registry, established by Resolution No 4 of 2014.

The registry is the first jurisdiction in the Middle East that allows non-Muslims to register English-language wills under Common Law standards.The Wills and Probate Registry rules are final and have been enacted on April 29 by? the Head of the Dispute Resolution Authority and Chief Justice of the DIFC Courts, Michael Hwang.