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Practice Direction No. 3 of 2018 – DIFC Courts Wills Registry for Non-Muslims

Practice Direction No. 3 of 2018 – DIFC Courts Wills Registry for Non-Muslims

June 24, 2018




DIFC Courts Wills Registry for Non-Muslims


This Practice Direction will come into effect on the date of signature. It may be cited as Practice Direction 3 of 2018 – DIFC Courts Wills Registry for Non-Muslims (‘WRNM’) and may be abbreviated to PD 3/2018. 

  1. Following the establishment of the “Wills Registry for Non-Muslims” (‘WRNM’) pursuant to DIFC Courts Rules of Court Order No.7 of 2017, issued on 5 November 2017, the DIFC Wills and Probate Registry Rules (‘WPR Rules’) were amended pursuant to the Dispute Resolution Authority Practice Direction No.8 of 2017, issued on 26 November 2017, to provide that all applications for a Grant of Probate shall be made at the WRNM.
  1. The fee for filing an application for a Grant of Probate at the WRNM shall be USD1500, payable to the DIFC Courts.
  1. A further fee of USD100 shall be chargeable for any execution letters sought from the DIFC Courts in order to enforce a Grant of Probate order externally. Other fees which may be incurred in respect of special applications, notifications, objections, and searches are set out in the Schedule to this Practice Direction.
  1. A fee of USD300 shall be chargeable for the late Identification of Assets. The fee will apply to the administrative costs (including the issuing of a further Probate Order and Deputisation Letter) associated with the late identification of assets.  A fee of USD300 shall also be chargeable for any subsequent amendments required to be made to the Grant of Probate Order.
  1. The DIFC Courts Fees Schedule shall be amended to incorporate the above.


Chief Justice of the DIFC Courts

Dated:  24 June 2018

Schedule to Practice Direction 2 of 2018 – DIFC Courts Wills Registry for Non-Muslims


Application for a Grant
On an application for a Grant or an order of guardianship other than on an application to which a special application fee applies as listed below.    AED 5,500 (USD $1500)
Special applications
For a duplicate or second or subsequent Grant (including one following a revoked Grant) in respect of the same deceased person. AED 1,900
+ any applicable DIFC Courts’ fee (USD 520)
On an application for or relating to the issue of a notification to accept or refuse or take a Grant or to prove a Will by probate claim. AED 2,200
+ any applicable DIFC Courts’ fee (USD 600)
For the entry or the extension of an objection. AED 2,200
+ any applicable DIFC Courts’ fee (USD 600)
On an application for a standing search to be carried out in an estate, for each period of six months including the issue of a copy Grant and will, if any (irrespective of the number of pages). AED 1,500 (USD 410)

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