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Family & DIFC Wills

In a country of diverse legal systems where more than 80 per cent of its population originates from around the world, conscious advice on family matters is absolutely essential for expatriates relocating to the UAE.Drawing on our experience of over two decades, we have developed a wide breadth and depth of expertise dealing with diverse family issues. We advise on divorce and separation, financial settlements, child custody, domestic violence and abuse, prenuptial agreements, and business structuring.

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Family & Matrimonial

In a country of diverse legal systems where more than 80 per cent of its population originates from around the world, conscious advice on family matters is absolutely essential for expatriates relocating to the UAE.

Drawing on our experience of over two decades, we have developed a wide breadth and depth of expertise dealing with diverse family issues. We advise on divorce and separation, financial settlements, child custody, domestic violence and abuse, prenuptial agreements, and business structuring.

We understand that effective way of acknowledging the totality of each client’s unique experience is to genuinely listen to his/her experience, so we are able to offer a clear strategy to achieve the best outcome for you and your family.  

We understand that hiring a lawyer may not be financially feasible for everyone, and in order to provide cost-effective solutions to your legal issue, we separate legal proceedings requiring our assistance from those you can do yourself. This helps to keep costs down while still giving you access to our expertise and counsel.  

DIFC Wills & Probate

The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts Wills (‘DIFC Courts Wills’)is joint initiative of the Government of Dubai and the DIFC Courts that gives non-Muslim expatriates investing and living in the UAE the option, after death, to pass on their UAE assets and worldwide assets in accordance with the instructions in their Will. It also allows testators to implement guardianship provisions in respect to any minor children (under the age of 21) who are habitually resident in the Emirates of Dubai and/or Ras Al Khaimah.

We advise on the UAE Personal Status Law and help you prepare and register a Will that is specifically designed, professionally drafted, anticipates different scenarios and circumstances, and addresses all key issues pertaining to your personal assets as well as your real estate and business ownership.

We are registered Wills Draftsmen with the DIFC Courts Wills.

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Success Stories

Ratification of a DIAC Award for a Fundamental Breach Overruled
Motei & Associates was instructed by the Respondent in recent legal proceedings between two parties (details for which must remain confidential) before the Dubai Courts in relation to the ratification of an arbitral award issued by the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC).
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Nullity of The Real Estate's SPAs for Not Being Registered in DLD
A landmark ruling by Dubai Courts nullifying the Sale and Purchase Agreement (SPA) of 30 units which are not registered with the Dubai Lands Department (DLD) in terms of the Law no. 13 of 2008 ie Regulating Initial Property Registration in the Emirate of Dubai.
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A Property Investor in Dubai May Withhold Payment of Due Installments
A recent judgment issued by the Dubai courts has confirmed a property investor’s right to refrain from making any further due installments to a developer who is in breach of his contractual obligations.
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Transfer of Personal Assets of a Deceased
Transfer of Property Ownership of a Deceased
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Administration of a Deceased's Estate
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Financial Assets Wills
Guardianship Wills
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Testimonials

Francesco Zucchi
Hidada Ltd
Jeddah, KSA

I have dealt with Motei Associates for more than two years now I have to say that I’m very happy with the service they have provided to me. Their constant updates have really helped me to understand the different level of the legal process and I felt that I was part of the team even if I leave in a different country and I cannot constantly visit them for update meeting. My legal case is still not finalized but I really feel that I have chosen a firm that truly protects my interest.

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Raheel Ahmed
Telecom Services International FZC
Sharjah, UAE

We had a wonderful experience working with Motei Associates during the last year or so during which we have engage them for various legal services. All the staff members have been very helpful and responsive and also Mr. Ashraf have always taken time out to respond to our queries and offered us advice on different legal matters which has been very helpful. We will definitely be engaging them going forward for any legal services.

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Lionel Rabin
Haltiqa Consulting
London, UK

I have been very pleased with the professional support provided to me by the El Motei & Associates team. They are knowledgeable about and follow up with effectiveness on every issues related to company registration process, and seamlessly coordinate other aspects of setting up a new business in UAE (residency, bank account opening, office setup, etc). It has been a pleasure to meet Mr. Ashraf El Motei and work closely with Mrs. Maricor Daoa who thoroughly and closely support and follow customers. Many thanks and all the best.

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