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DIFC Wills and Probate Registry registered 650 wills last year - Registry launches mobile app platform

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Dubai: The DIFC Wills and Probate Registry has registered a total of 650 wills this past year. Launched in May 2015, the Registry provides non-Muslim expatriates with legal certainty and the ability to register English language wills covering Dubai estates that allow their assets to be transferred upon death according to their wishes.

The registrants represent a wide section of Dubai’s expat community — of the 650 registered wills, the majority of registrants are from Europe making up 55 per cent of the registrants, 27 per cent are from India and the rest are expats from across the world including Asia, Africa and the Americas.

Of the total number registered wills, 70 per cent were executed by both husbands and wives. This number has significantly increased over the past few months, reflecting families’ increased awareness of how important it is to protect their wealth and their family and children.

The Registry has launched an app platform and will double the capacity for will registrations from mid-January onwards in response to rising demand. “Moving forward, we wish to make sure that the Registry becomes an optimal succession solution for expats with assets in Dubai and that we provide excellent service. Additionally, we encourage people with a Dubai estate, who consider making a will, to seek professional legal advice to draft their wills, as this is an important legal document. Thereafter, they can make use of our online platform to book their will registration appointment in a few simple clicks,” said Mihaela Moldoveanu, Senior Manager at the Registry.

The Registry recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Dubai Land Department and the Department of Economic Development, to allow for a straightforward probate process when transferring a person’s property to their chosen beneficiaries.

“Our succession solution will hopefully impact people’s livelihoods in a positive way and on a wide scale. Not only do we embody innovation in our day-to-day operations, but the launch of our new mobile app makes the booking process very easy at all times. It is yet another demonstration of our efforts to support the country’s vision and drive for ingenuity, to simplify the lives of the Dubai residents and investors,” said Amna Al Owais, Deputy CEO of the Dispute Resolution Authority (DRA), the DIFC’s umbrella body for dispute settlement and centre for legal excellence.

Publish date: 29/08/16 14:49
Source: Gulf News, Published on 06 January 2016

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