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Expat Wills

Wills for Expatriates Living in UAE, Dubai & Abu Dhabi

Our license is authorized by the Government of Dubai Department of Economic Development-Dubai (DED) since year 2009 and it has been acknowledged by the Legal Affairs Department in year 2010 that Expat Wills (DED-licensed) deal as an Agent.

Expat Wills acts as an Agent between Non-Muslim Expatriates and foreign law firms located in various counties situated outside of the jurisdiction of the Emirate of Dubai. The foreign law firms outside of the Emirate of Dubai conduct drafting of Wills and carry out all Will related services for the Expatriates.

As a resident Expat - why should I make a Will whilst living in the UAE ?

Did you know the Government of Dubai official website states that UAE courts will adhere to Sharia Law where there is no Will in place?

Our network of foreign lawyers located in various counties situated outside of the jurisdiction of the Emirate of Dubai can draft your Will using the law of your Domicile Home Country.

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Now see EXPAT WILLS on the Official Dubai Government Website

The Official Website for the Government of Dubai states - "Since the UAE is a Muslim country, all courts adhere to Sharia laws in regard to inheritance in case of no wills. However as a result of the Personal Affairs Law (No 28 of 2005), a non- Muslim expatriate who is resident in the UAE can opt for the law of their Domicile Home Country to be applied to the distribution of your UAE assets, provided they have a legally recognized will".

Expat Wills' network of foreign lawyers Wills Specialists deliberately do not draft just Wills covering assets in Dubai & the UAE only, but our network of foreign lawyers in various countries outside Dubai can help our clients for their entire Estate Planning. Expat Wills can also help and ensure our network of foreign lawyers Wills Specialists abroad to draft your Wills at competitive rates to safeguard your property held in the UAE as well as in other locations in the World.

If you have any money in a bank, savings or you own property in the UAE, making a valid Will that is professionally written and executed, will help protect your family and property, wherever it is situated in the world. Expat Wills network of foreign lawyers based outside of the jurisdiction of Dubai do not offer just wills but can also give helpful information on Expat issues such as sharia compliant Wills, banking and asset protection.

Our foreign lawyer Wills Specialists for the UAE and other countries providing will services do not include arranging just Wills covering only assets in Dubai & the UAE. We can also arrange help from our network of foreign lawyers based in locations outside of the jurisdiction of the Emirate of Dubai for client's entire Estate Planning needs which includes Trusts (where your Home Country permits), severance of joint tenancy related to property ownership and Will Storage

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WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF I AM AN EXPAT AND I DON'T HAVE A WILL

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Most Expats in Dubai that already have a legal Will, might not be aware that your existing home country Will or UK Will may not be valid simply due to a change in your personal circumstances. Your existing Will may need updating to a Sharia Compliant Will if:-

"Certainty? In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes." Quote by: Benjamin Franklin

If you are a British OR UK citizen domiciled (where his or her permanent home is situated and not your current residency) in the UK, which is the case for the majority of British OR UK Expats living in Dubai, the UK Inland Revenue will take into account your WORLDWIDE assets when calculating your Inheritance Tax (IHT) liability on death.

Therefore British Expats living in Dubai must be aware that an individual who is domiciled in the UK is liable to IHT on chargeable property on a worldwide basis and as such must have a Will that is tax efficient and in compliance with the latest inheritance laws of the UK.

Even if you write your Shariah Compliant Wills abroad a non-UK domiciled individual is also liable to IHT, but only on chargeable property in the UK. There is a separate rule regarding domicile, which applies for IHT purposes only. An individual can be deemed domiciled in the UK for IHT purposes if he or she was UK domiciled at any time in the 3 years immediately preceding the time at which the question of domicile is to be decided, or alternatively UK resident for at least 17 out of the last 20 years ending with the tax year in which a chargeable event takes place.

As estate planning experts the Wills Specialists Expat Wills do not arrange just wills, we keep an eye on global inheritance laws. Expat Wills understand that Expatriates don't like thinking about morbid issues like dying and just what will happen to their children and loved ones they leave behind if they don't make their Wills abroad. Aside from the trauma to your family etc, they will then have to contend with various issues regarding your financial situation both in Dubai and back home in the UK.

How Expat Wills can help you

Our network of foreign lawyers based in locations outside of the jurisdiction of the Emirate of Dubai do not offer just Wills for clients living in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, being the Wills Specialists abroad, they also provide clients with professional Estate Planning advice. Our network of foreign lawyers understand that British Expatriates and other nationalities working in Dubai and Abu Dhabi are very busy and therefore Expat Wills can meet you at our office, your home or any other place of your choice to collect your information to pass on to our foreign lawyers in other countries and pass on your instructions to our foreign lawyers abroad to ensure the distribution of your estate are written in accordance with your wishes. Our foreign lawyers abroad do not arrange just wills but offer a complete service to protect your family and assets. For different Will Prices including testamentary trusts and more complex estate planning prepared by foreign lawyers based outside of the jurisdiction of the Emirate of Dubai and in client's home country, contact us for a Wills Price List or quotation. We also offer Will Storage (Will storage facilities are managed and situated in the UK and are outside of the jurisdiction of the Emirate of Dubai) which is offered at very competitive priced rates.

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