Expats need wills in Dubai for several reasons:

  1. Sharia law: Dubai follows Sharia law for inheritance purposes. Sharia law mandates how an individual’s estate is distributed upon their death. This means that if you do not have a will, your assets will be distributed according to Sharia law, which may not be in line with your wishes.
  2. Non-recognition of foreign wills: In Dubai, foreign wills are not automatically recognized. This means that if you have a will from your home country, it may not be recognized in Dubai. To ensure that your assets are distributed according to your wishes, it is important to have a will that is recognized under Dubai law.
  3. Guardianship of children: If you have children, it is important to have a will in Dubai that specifies who will be their legal guardian in the event of your death. This will ensure that your children are taken care of by someone you trust.
  4. Smooth transfer of assets: A will can help ensure that your assets are transferred smoothly to your heirs upon your death. This can help prevent disputes between family members and ensure that your wishes are carried out.

Overall, having a will in Dubai is important for expats to ensure that their assets are distributed according to their wishes and to prevent any legal complications.

At Aventure Law, we strongly recommend using the DIFC Courts Wills Service to ensure your family’s finances and your children’s wellbeing are secure.

Aventure Law provides a full suite of wills and estate planning services. We can assist you with Dubai or UAE Wills, and planning your estate with respect to international assets.

For further information, please contact Imran Lalani (imran.lalani@aventurelaw.com) or Akshata Mandevia (akshata@aventurelaw.com) or .