In May 2015, UAE has introduced the first Common Law, English wills and probate service for non-Muslims in the Middle-East. Governed by Sharia Law (Forced Heirship Law), many expatriates in UAE are unaware that in the absence of a registered will, the process of transferring their assets to their loved ones after death is time consuming and fraught with legal complexities. The Wills and Probate Registry in DIFC provides a first-of-its-kind service that allows eligible non-muslim individuals the ability to register their wills according to the principles of testamentary freedom, meaning the freedom to dispose of their property upon death as they see fit
The Wills and Probate Registry (The Registry) is an ancillary body of DIFC’s Dispute Resolution Authority (DRA) established by Resolution No. 4 of 2014 issued by Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the President of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). The Registry has been established under the jurisdiction of the DIFC Courts, allowing it to operate as a distinct entity.