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Inheritance laws in UAE remain unclear

Manoj Nair Gulf News
For want of legal precedents, real estate investors are sceptical whether property ownership rights will pass smoothly on to their rightful heirs as named in the will.

For want of legal precedents, real estate investors are sceptical whether property ownership rights will pass smoothly on to their rightful heirs as named in the will.


Dubai: While the UAE waits for stability in its real estate marketplace, there are a few ambiguities that property investors are still living with. One concern that is yet to be resolved relates to the status of such assets upon an investor's demise.



Can the property ownership rights pass smoothly on to the rightful heirs named in the deceased's will?

"Non-Muslim residents in the UAE are never sure whether they would be subject to Sharia or not on what was likely their biggest asset," said Jesse Hester, chairman of Atlas Corporate Services, which specialises in consultancy related to the setting up and management of offshore companies and trusts.


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