Probate Procedures

Missouri Creditors Refusals in Probate Court

A Missouri Creditor’s Refusal is a procedure that may be used where there is less than $15,000 in assets titled in the name of the decedent, and a creditor can prove that money is owed to them, but that no one has yet opened any sort of estate to claim the money or other assets.…

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The Public Administrator in Missouri Probate

In every county in Missouri there is an elected official known as the “Public Administrator”. In smaller counties this may be only the elected official carrying out all of the duties. In larger counties there is a full time staff. The Public Administrator’s role is not commonly known until you need to become involved, but…

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Do Heirs Need an Attorney in a Missouri Probate Matter?

We get inquiries from time to time asking if we represent heirs/beneficiaries in Missouri Probate matters, and if it’s a good idea.  The answer, as with many things, is “it all depends”.  If the family gets along reasonably well and if the Personal Representative is trustworthy and efficient, then there is little need.  Obviously, the…

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Missouri Probate Law – the Statutes

Want to see the actual Missouri Probate Statutes?  Insofar as decedents’ estates are concerned,  it is contained in three Chapters of the Missouri Revised Statutes: Chapter 472 – General Provisions Chapter 473 – Administration of Decedent’s Estates Chapter 474 – Intestate Succession and Wills Of course there are hundreds, if not thousands of Missouri Cases that have interpreted…

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