Non-Muslim expats can now register inheritance wills in the UAE

A special office has begun functioning at the Abu Dhabi courts to register inheritance wills for non-Muslim expats in the Capital. The Non-Muslims Wills Office, which started operating in August this year, was set up by the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department (ADJD) to look into matters of inheritance for non-Muslim residents. So far, 50 wills have been registered by the office from August to October 19, according to figures provided by the Non-Muslim Wills Office.

“The office receives the written will from the resident and all documents of properties listed in the will. The documents are checked first for approval and then the person is given an appointment to appear to the office and sign his or her will,” said Hamed Hasan Al Ayadaroos, administrative manager of Notary-Public and Authentication at the Judicial Department.

“Registering a will prevents disputes among the deceased’s family.”

Ali Al Abadi, an Abu Dhabi lawyer said the special office for non-Muslim wills is to benefit many people. “The new wills office gives non-Muslims chance to distribute assets and allocate where their properties should go after they have died,” said Al Abadi. “Registering a will prevents disputes among the deceased’s family.”

Source Credit: Khaleej Times
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