For those who have assets in the UAE, there is a simple reason to make a Will. In the event of an untimely death, the UAE Courts will adhere to Sharia law in any situation where there is no Will in place.
This means if you pass away without a Will, the local Courts will distribute your estate and appoint guardians for your children according to Sharia Law principles. This distribution may have some surprising and unexpected implications which may differ from your intentions.
Even jointly held assets will be frozen until the issue of inheritance and succession is determined by the UAE Courts.
The law even applies to the guardianship of your children, meaning if the deceased is the Father of the children, then the Mother has no automatic entitlement to legal guardianship of her children.
Join us to understand more about preparing and protecting your assets, both here in the UAE and overseas. Mariam Darr of TWS will be guiding us through the process from the basic principles to the more complex issues of estate planning and legal guardianship of your children.
Mariam Darr is a UK Solicitor Advocate and is part of the family and Wills team at TWS Legal Consultants. Mariam assists Muslim and non-Muslim clients with estate planning and drafting wills in the UAE and the UK, as well as practising family law under the jurisdictions of Sharia in the UAE, as well as England and Wales