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DIFC Wills and Probate Registry new Rules

DIFC Wills and Probate Registry new Rules which were released on 25th June 2019 , has cam in to effect from 29th August 2019.

There are two major changes to the Rules:

  • Non-Muslims can include all their worldwide assets in the DIFC Will.

  • Testators who wish to register DIFC Wills only for their Dubai and/or Ras Al Khaimah Estates may continue to do so.

  • Guardianship Wills and guardianship provisions in the DIFC Will continue to be valid only for minor children who are habitual residents of either Dubai or Ras Al Khaimah.

  • The Authorized Officer/Probate Director will no longer be a second Witness to any of the Will signings as of 30th June 2019.

  • It is imperative that Testators are aware that they now need to bring two (2) Witnesses to the Will signing.

  • Witnesses must be at least 21 years old, with a valid photo ID.

  • Witnesses cannot be a Beneficiary or a Guardian (or a spouse of a Beneficiary or a Guardian) mentioned in the Will.


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