FAQ’s on Power of Attorney

None of us anticipates losing mental capacity.  However, with life expectancy in the UAE now around 77 years of age, cases of diseases such as dementia are expected to rise by 2030.

Loss of capacity can also affect young people who have suffered an accident or illness, which results in serious brain damage.  Therefore, whatever your […]

Safeguarding your family and assets in the UAE

My husband and I jointly own a freehold apartment in Dubai. If one of us dies, will the living spouse or our children automatically inherit it?

My cousin and I are business partners and equal shareholders in a small business in Dubai. In the event of my death, will my shares in the company pass automatically […]

Giving thought to preparing a Will

When do you think expats in the UAE should start thinking of having a will prepared? How important do you think it is for people not to procrastinate on this and why?

TWS:  For expatriates in the UAE, there is a very simple reason to make a will. The Dubai Government official website states that ‘the […]

Why incorporate a company in Dubai?

Dubai, the populous and most multicultural Emirate of the United Arab Emirates has emerged over the years as a financial powerhouse and entrepreneurial hub.

It has achieved this vaunted status by evolving a sophisticated and efficient corporate governance model which has made it incredibly easy to incorporate companies and conduct business.

The Department of Economic Development (“DED”) […]

Why January is known as ‘Divorce Month’

For family lawyers, January is known as ‘Divorce Month’. The reason behind this is by and large the preceding holiday period. Either couples wish to spend one last Christmas or New Year period as a family before taking the step towards dissolving the marriage or the holidays act to exacerbate and highlight underlying tensions and […]

The Family Business & Succession Planning

If you own or part own a business or a professional practice, it is important that your estate and succession planning begin today. As a business owner, it’s quite likely that a significant portion of your wealth–and your family’s source of income after your death–is tied up in the family business. The success of your […]

Frequently asked questions relating to Divorce

What happens once I have contacted a family lawyer?

One of our dedicated family law team will meet with you in order to understand the facts of your individual case and what you would like to achieve. This is usually done in a first consultation, which in most cases will be for a fixed […]

Planning Today for Tomorrow – Make a Will.

If your family is left behind grieving, stranded and strapped for cash, it won’t be because you did something wrong. It will be because you did nothing.

As an expat living in the UAE you can be forgiven for thinking about the here and now and not contemplating what might happen if you pass away. But […]

What are the rights of a father in a divorce?

Whether you decide to divorce in the UK or the UAE, it is imperative for parents to be aware of and understand their position in relation to any children of the family. In the UAE, there are two aspects involved in the care of children: Custody (Hadana) and Guardianship (Wilaya). Custodians are the caretakers of […]

Mediation

Mediation in family law cases can assist parties to come to an agreement in relation to arrangements where they may not have been able to agree matters between themselves.

There is an upward trend in the engaging of a mediator as couples recognise the fact that not arriving at an agreement and having to leave matters […]