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Old 26th September 2010, 11:27 AM
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Hi all!

I have been searching for some info on inheritance law in Egypt but can' find much on this subject, at least in English. Maybe I should improve my Arabic?

My situation is as follows: I have EU nationality, my husband is Egyptian. He is muslim, I am not. We have one daughter, no sons.

If (god forbid) anything happened to him, would his assets in Egypt automatically pass to me as his spouse, or is this me wishful thinking?

Please any advice would be much appreciated?

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Hi all!

I have been searching for some info on inheritance law in Egypt but can' find much on this subject, at least in English. Maybe I should improve my Arabic?

My situation is as follows: I have EU nationality, my husband is Egyptian. He is muslim, I am not. We have one daughter, no sons.

If (god forbid) anything happened to him, would his assets in Egypt automatically pass to me as his spouse, or is this me wishful thinking?

Please any advice would be much appreciated?
Hi.

Sorry to say it, but as a non-muslim wife you get nothing.

Your child will, but the inheritance laws are very specific and according to set rules, you cannot disperse the assets as you desire. Of course you can redistribute things amicably once the "law" has done it's part, but his family would not have to if they didn't want to.

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Sam: If the child (daughter) is as the above scenario from a muslim and non-muslim. However, the child is not biologically from the muslim parent - does the child still inherit?

Also, from the above scenario, what are the %? The grandmother (mother of the father) takes 1/8... the daughter takes 4/8, and the first male (uncle?) takes 3/8 ?

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I dont even want to put my thoughts on this down...

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@Sam,
Thank you for your reply, even if it's not what I would like to hear! I guess the next question is: Is there any point in him making a will to cover his assets in Egypt? i.e. if he does not want sharia law to apply re inheritance, can he say so on a legal piece of paper and would this stand on death? Thanks again.

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Sam: If the child (daughter) is as the above scenario from a muslim and non-muslim. However, the child is not biologically from the muslim parent - does the child still inherit?

Also, from the above scenario, what are the %? The grandmother (mother of the father) takes 1/8... the daughter takes 4/8, and the first male (uncle?) takes 3/8 ?
...first male gets 3/8???!!! so much for women's rights, eh?

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...first male gets 3/8???!!! so much for women's rights, eh?
Under Sharia law my brother inherited 2/3rds and my sister and I inherited 1/6 each on the death of my father. My mother didn't inherit anything as a non-Muslim. But this was awarded by a court in the Gulf, so it may be different in Egypt. But I don't see how Sharia law would be interpreted differently in Egypt

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Thank you for your reply, even if it's not what I would like to hear! I guess the next question is: Is there any point in him making a will to cover his assets in Egypt? i.e. if he does not want sharia law to apply re inheritance, can he say so on a legal piece of paper and would this stand on death? Thanks again.
He can will as he chooses as long as it does not disagree with Sharia law.

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mmm So if a women sells her house and comes over here with a child or children from the first marriage then buys a house in her and her new young Egyptian husbands name and she doesn't convert.. does she end up with sweet diddly?

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mmm So if a women sells her house and comes over here with a child or children from the first marriage then buys a house in her and her new young Egyptian husbands name and she doesn't convert.. does she end up with sweet diddly?
That is exactly what she'll end up with.

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