Your property-related legal queries answered by Rank Associates, a law firm that primarily deals in these matters

I would like to know why someone should spend money and register a Will if it doesn’t make a difference whether the Will is registered or not?

Ryela Musa Das, Madurai

Firstly, registering a Will is not expensive. No stamp duty is prescribed for registration of a Will and registration charges are nominal. By registering a Will, the office of the concerned Sub-Registrar retains a copy of the same and it can be obtained by the beneficiaries at any stage, if the original Will is lost or destroyed. The factum of registration will be significant while deciding allegations of compulsion, coercion or undue influence.

I am working in Oman. My boss is an Omani national. He wants to buy a two acre farm house here in India, for which he wants me to work as a caretaker. Is it legally possible to do this?

D.V. Krishna Mohan, Oman

A foreigner cannot purchase agricultural lands or a farm house in India without permission from the Reserve Bank of India.