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Administering a Deceased Estate/Probate in UAE

Administering an estate is a complex task that requires exceptional expertise and patience. Our team of highly skilled, compassionate private client lawyers will ensure that your loved one’s estate is distributed as he or she directed under their Will.

Our team also has a wealth of knowledge in administering estates at DIFC Court, Dubai Court, Personal Status Court where a person has died with or without a Will.

Our team of Wills and estate administration experts have been advising expatriates internationally and UAE residents on private client matters for over ten years.  We are highly regarded across the region as experts in this area of law.  Because of our experience, TWS took a leading role in the working group involved in formulating and contributing to the DIFC Wills Service Centre Rules.

We are a multi-lingual firm, proficient in Sharia and non-Sharia law.  Our Legal Consultants are registered with the UK Solicitors Regulation Authority / The Dubai Legal Affairs Department/Members of STEP and have a robust knowledge of UK/UAE law and how it applies to expatriates in the UAE.  By instructing us to administer your estate, you can be fully confident that the process will be managed swiftly and correctly, so you do not have to worry about your future.

Thanks to our experience and knowledge, we can quickly solve problems that other lawyers fail even to spot.  We are a highly modern law firm which invests heavily in technology and talented staff.  We will take the administration of an estate off your shoulders and ensure that the process managed with meticulous care.

What is the procedure for administering DIFC Wills?

If the deceased has registered a Will with the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Wills Service Centre, the DIFC courts will:

  • Issue the grant of probate
  • Confirm the appointment of the executor as stated in the Will
  • Order the distribution of the Dubai assets
  • Confirm guardianship rights over any children

The executor is responsible for presenting a list of assets the courts.  Our lawyers will assist with collating the information required and sending in the correct documentation.

If the deceased had assets in the UAE, a succession certificate needs to be obtained.  We can advise you through this process.

Incorrectly administering an estate can lead to family disputes and even court action being brought against you (as an executor) for not discharging your duties correctly.  Let our experienced lawyers advise you throughout the process.  You can be confident that your responsibilities will be discharged with scrupulous precision; thereby honouring the final wishes of the deceased.

How we can help with administering a deceased estate ?

When instructed to administer an estate we are able but not limited to:

  • Administer an estate under a local UAE Will.
  • Administer an estate with accordance with a DIFC Will.
  • Administer an estate with accordance with Shariah Law, with and without waivers.
  • Contact relevant authorities, utility providers to notify of death and finalise accounts.
  • Communicate with beneficiaries and advise them of their entitlements under the Will or on intestacy.
  • Make the application for the Succession Certificate in Dubai or make an application for a Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration.
  • Administer the sale of any properties belonging to the deceased in consultation with the Executors and beneficiaries.
  • Administer the distribution of bank accounts, company shares, vehicles and all other assets in the name of the deceased, all assets which are otherwise frozen.

Our expertise in probate and the administration of estates provides heirs and beneficiaries with peace of mind during a sensitive time.  What may seem like a simple exercise can quickly become complicated, time-consuming, and expensive.  Our highly qualified lawyers can take the burden off you and any heirs’ shoulders by applying their skills, knowledge, and experience.  You can trust we will distribute the estate promptly and swiftly deal with any complications.

Our team of private client lawyers have been advising on the administering of estates at Dubai Court/ DIFC Court and under the DIFC Wills scheme for years.  To book a consultation, please contact us:

Get in touch today to book your complimentary Wills and Guardianship consultation by clicking here with one of our wills specialists. We are happy to help you.

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