Islam emphasises on living your life in an orderly manner and that includes exiting the world in the best possible way. The importance of making an Islamic will is clear from the Holy Quran and Hadith. A valid Islamic will is a legally binding document that gives instructions on the way a person plans to leave behind his estate.
Unless a Muslim person makes a will, their wealth will not be distributed according to Quran and Sunnah. If a person dies without making a will, their property is then distributed according to the Rules of intestacy. Because this country is not a Muslim country, rules of intestacy is not Shariah Compliant. Therefore, it is important not just to make a will but to make a valid will otherwise it will not be legally binding. If the document is not valid or a person fails to make an Islamic will, the Rules of Intestacy will decide how his estate will be shared out, which may not be pleasing to Allah. Also, this may not reflect what the deceased may have wanted personally. Islamic laws of Inheritance prescribe how a deceased’s property should be divided amongst their blood relatives, also how much they can give to any adoptive children or to charity.
Leaving no will makes matters very complicated and the families sometime have to employ expensive Probate practitioners or Accountants to deal with probate matters during the time when family might be dealing with the grief of losing their relative. Leaving a valid Islamic will simplifies things. It will be specified what is included in the estate and who inherits what. Seeking professional help while making your will can also mean this is done in most tax efficient way as a professional will writer will be able to advise on how to save money or avoid paying unnecessary high taxes through Tax Planning.