KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: non-Muslims to include real estate in will

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The DIFC Dispute Resolution Authority (DRA) with its ancillary body, the DIFC Wills and Probate Registry (WPR) has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Dubai Land Department (DLD).

The memorandum marks an important step towards the development of the WPR by officially outlining a process in conjunction with a major government department to ensure the rapid facilitation of probate court orders covering the Dubai assets of those who have registered their wills with the WPR.

Michael Hwang, Head of the DRA and Chief Justice of DIFC Courts, said: “One of the key aims of the WPR is to provide legal certainty and a comprehensible inheritance solution for non-Muslims with assets in Dubai, and by instigating clear processes in partnership with key government bodies we will ensure we achieve this.”
Sultan Butti Mejren, the Director General of Dubai Land Department, commented: “To ensure this momentum remains, people need to be confident that their Dubai-based assets can be transferred according to their wishes upon their death,” 

The DIFC Wills and Probate Registry is the first of its kind in the GCC, and aims to provide individuals the ability to register English language wills that allow their Dubai-based assets to be transferred upon death according to their instructions.

Non-Muslims in the UAE can now safely buy land and properties in Dubai, with the assurance that these would safely be transferred to their beneficiaries according to their wishes.

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