DIFC

Full Will

Secure full protection for your assets and your children.

Full Will

If you wish to register a DIFC Will to govern the distribution of your assets (and a Property Will, Free Zone Company Will or Financial Assets Will is not suitable) or one which is to encompass both assets and guardianship provisions, then you should look to register a Full Will. The mandatory provisions for a Full Will are set out in Schedule 1 of the DIFC Wills and Probate Registry Rules (the ‘Registry Rules’). To help you think about the type of Full Will that would fit your circumstances and the next steps you should take, we have set-out below the key points for you to consider.


Step 1. Assets only or assets plus guardianship provisions?

If you have more than five real estate properties and/or a variety of assets, then your choice of DIFC Will must be a Full Will. If you also wish to nominate guardians for your children then you can include guardianship provisions in your Full Will. If you only want to register guardianship provisions and do not wish to distribute your assets then this can be achieved by registering a Guardianship Will. If you register a Full Will and start a family at a later date, the Full Will can be modified at that time to include the required guardianship provisions.

Assets only

Assets and guardianship provisions

Step 2. Choose ‘Single’ or ‘Mirror’ DIFC Will

If you are not married you should select the Single DIFC Will option whereas if you are married and both you and your wife/husband wish to register a DIFC Will at the same time, then you should select the Mirror DIFC Will option (giving an overall net reduction in registration fees).

Single Will

On the registration of a single Full Will.

AED 10,000

Mirror Wills

On the registration of two Full Wills.

AED 15,000

Step 3. Consider Legal Advice

Your DIFC Will is an extremely important document and you are strongly advised to consider taking legal advice in its preparation. The Registry Rules set down certain minimum requirements that must be met for a Will to be registerable and if these are not met, your Will would be unenforceable. To help you find a suitable lawyer, the Registry publishes a list of legal practitioners that have met certain minimum standards in relation to their knowledge of the Registry Rules and in relation to drafting DIFC Wills. Click here to access this list of approved draftsmen.

Your Full Will can only be registered by appointment at the Registry.  Full Wills CANNOT be registered using the Virtual Registry.

I need a draftsman

Select this option if you require a legal professional to draft your Will. Review our list of approved lawyers here.

I do not need a draftsman

Please choose this option if you have drafted the Will yourself, or if the Will has previously been drafted for you.

Step 4. Get in Touch

If you would like any more information about Full Wills or the registration of other DIFC Wills, please contact us via the enquiry form below and one of our Registry Officers will get back to you.