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Legal Matters Dubai, UAE

Legal Matters Dubai, UAE

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Legal Matters Dubai, UAE

Legal Matters in Dubai Section

Welcome to our Legal Matters section where we take a look at all the procedures you may have to follow whilst living in Dubai. We look at how everything from how to sponsor your family, to why you should have an alcohol licence, who to contact in the case of an emergency to a full list of embassies and consulates in Dubai, how to set up a business legally and information about wills in the UAE. We hope you find the articles and features below useful for your life in Dubai and there are useful links for legal matters at the top of this page.

  • Attestation of Documents

    Attestation of Documents

    This is always a slight confusing area and we get asked a lot of questions about the attestions of all kinds of certificates- exam, degree, birth, death and marriage amongst others. Found out the in country and out of country procedures.

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  • Business Set-Up in Dubai

    Business Set-Up in Dubai

    We often get asked about how to set up or open a business in Dubai at our events or on the forum- here we take a closer look at how you can set up a business in Dubai- whether you are looking at a public, LLC or a Freezone option.

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  • Family Sponsorship in Dubai

    Family Sponsorship in Dubai

    Find out the rules and laws concerning family sponsorship here. Whether you are looking to sponsor your family, your wife or your husband- we've got all the details of what you will need and the procedures.

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  • Dealing With Bereavement in Dubai

    Dealing With Bereavement in Dubai

    This is a sensitive issue but one that may have to be dealt with during your time in Dubai so it is good to know all the facts and make some decisions so that you or your family is prepared to deal with a bereavement in Dubai.

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You & The Law Features

  • Helpful Advice and Guidance on Divorce in the UAE

    Helpful Advice and Guidance on Divorce in the UAE

    Would you take advice from a friend on a medical condition? Carol Alderson of Alderson and Associates recently experienced a situation whereby a female client of hers, having already received sound matrimonial advice from Carol, informed her that she had been advised by a third party, that she could undertake the divorce work herself and that any maintenance that would be paid to her for herself and/or her children would be subject to the UK Child Support Agency Guidelines and that, therefore, there was no further need for her to continue to instruct Alderson and Associates or any other Lawyer.

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  • Wills Preparation in the UAE

    Wills Preparation in the UAE

    Alderson and Associates have been the longest established Legal Consultancy practice in the UAE to give accurate advice and prepare Wills for expatriates. We are also able to prepare Wills for Muslim citizens but there are very specific criteria surrounding the level of benefit that can be given to those that you leave behind in a Muslim environment.

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  • Arbitration in the UAE

    Arbitration in the UAE

    With the recent downward trend in the UAE real estate, once again investors are experiencing difficulties with a property they have purchased and believed will be ready for occupation on a set date. Alderson and Associates have dealt with many arbitration and real estate disputes over the years. Carol Alderson is on the recommended list of arbitrators for the Dubai International Arbitration Centre.

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  • Plans to Clear Up Dubai Rumours

    Plans to Clear Up Dubai Rumours

    Have you recently heard a rumour about something in Dubai? Now there's a way you can quickly clear it up! As always with rumours, they're often turned out to be untrue, and so Dubai Municipality are stepping in to ensure rumours are eradicated in a timely and respectful manner.

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  • UK Government Prisoner Packs

    UK Government Prisoner Packs

    The British Government has produced a very helpful guide for if you find yourself on the wrong side of the law in Dubai and the Northern Emirates. Being arrested and put on trial in a foreign country can be bewildering and even terrifying experience, especially if you don't understand the language or know your rights within the law. This guide will help you understand the criminal justice system of Dubai and the Northern Emirates at various stages, from arrest through to sentencing and afterwards. It includes guidance on your rights, what should be happening and when and what support is available to you as a British National. There is also information about bail, appeal, clemency and amnesty.

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  • How to get an Alcohol Licence in Dubai

    How to get an Alcohol Licence in Dubai

    There are various strict laws and regulations regarding the consumption of alcohol in Dubai and the UAE. As a non- muslim resident of the UAE you have to have an alcohol licence to consume, purchase alcohol from a store or have alcohol in your home. It is quite easy to get so just follow the steps below to make sure you are all legal and above board. All permanent residents must get one and you'll feel so much better if you do- stops any worries!

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  • How To Renew Your British Passport

    How To Renew Your British Passport

    If it is time to apply for a new passport because it is full, you need a new passport because you have got married or you have lost your passport- don't worry you are not alone. We often get queries about how to get a British Passport and the procedures involved to get a new, replacement or renewed one. The procedure has changed recently and can no longer be done in Dubai or Abu Dhabi- so here we take a look at the guidelines and procedures from the British Embassy to help guide you through the process.

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  • Divorce... Helpful Advice and Guidance

    Divorce... Helpful Advice and Guidance

    Over some 35 years of experience in dealing with divorce legalities, the most stressful times of the year, ie. Christmas and Summer holidays, often end with couples separating. It is difficult sometimes to know why this occurs but it can often be the thought of having to spend a concentrated period of time with someone you are no longer in love with and hard as that seems to the recipient of such news, it can often be as hard for the person relaying that message as well.

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  • Code Of Conduct In Dubai

    Code Of Conduct In Dubai

    There is a code of conduct or etiquette to be followed in Dubai and the UAE and what you perceive as normal behaviour in your home country may be unacceptable here and cause offence and even worse a fine or prison sentence. The things to do and not do are quite easy to follow and will make your time living here peaceful and stress free. We've got great tips and advice in this article for how to follow the rules and make the most of your time living in the Emirates.

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  • Know Your Consumer Rights In Dubai

    Know Your Consumer Rights In Dubai

    We often get asked queries on our busy forum about how to get refunds and exchanges in stores and what your consumer rights are in Dubai. Policies on returns seem to vary store by store from some having no returns whatsoever to very open return policies. Here we take a look at some advice from the Consumer Rights division of the DED- the Department of Economic Development in Dubai.

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  • Consulates & Embassies In Dubai

    Consulates & Embassies In Dubai

    You may need to visit your home country's embassy or consulate during your residence in Dubai for anything from a passport renewal to advice on getting married or birth certifcate information. So here we have a big list of them for you with contact details, phone numbers, web address, locations and email addresses so that you can get in touch with them when you need to.

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  • Emergency Numbers

    Emergency Numbers

    It is always better to be safe than sorry so just in case here we have the local emergency numbers to take note of and store into your phone in case you are ever in need of them. In cases of serious emergencies the number to dial throughout the UAE is 999. Calls to this number are always free of charge. When calling the emergency number it is important to remain calm and speak clearly. Always state your name, the nature of the emergency, the address of the emergency and how serious it is. Always provide your telephone number to the operator on the other end of the line.

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  • The UAE Labour Law

    The UAE Labour Law

    We've got a handy to for you here to a PDF of the full UAE Labour Law from the Ministry Of Labour. It covers everything including waork permits, hours of work, probation periods, salary payment process, annual levae entitlements, matarenit leave provisions, the rights of the employee and the gratuity information and calculations.

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  • Marriage In Dubai

    Marriage In Dubai

    If you are wanting to know all the legal ins and outs of getting married in Dubai or Abu Dhbai- we have all the finromation for you here. There are various ways of getting married in the UAE and it is all nationality and religion dependant. The best thing to do is to speak to the embassy of your country or your place of worship for the full and current details and we have a guide here for you.

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  • Residence Visa For A New Born

    Residence Visa For A New Born

    If you've given birth in Dubai you have to get your newborn a residency visa quite quickly. Here we take a look at the procedure and how to get it all done. You must apply for a residency visa for a new-born baby within 120 days of the birth. If you fail to do this the child will not be allowed to leave the UAE and the legal guardian must pay an AED 100 fine for each day over the 120 day period.

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  • Wills In Dubai

    Wills In Dubai

    Making provisions for your family and friends via a will can be a bit of a daunting task but expatriates living in the UAE must really think through the consequences of not having a will. Since the UAE is a Muslim country, all courts adhere to Shari’a laws in regard to inheritance in the case where no will exists at the time of death. Shari’a law is complex and can result in very different distribution of your wealth and assets compared to your home country laws.

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