UK: Law Society publishes practice note on Sharia wills and inheritance rules

The Law Society has published a practice note for solicitors to assist them in the use of Sharia law succession rules, in particular in will drafting, trust issues and disputes over estates.

This is the first time guidance has been published for solicitors to assist them with the intricacies of Sharia succession rules, which is the code of law derived from the Quran and from the teachings and example of Mohammed.

Clients in England and Wales can legally choose to bequeath their assets according to Sharia rules, providing the will is signed in accordance with the requirements set out in the Wills Act 1837.

Sharia rules are not identical in every Muslim country; there are differences between Sunni and Shia rules, and different interpretations of Sunni law. The Law Society’s practice note focuses on the Sunni rules, and its procedure for directing inheritances.