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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Monica came in to see me today.  She had signed a document a month ago consenting to one of her brothers acting as the Personal Representative of her Mother’s estate.  She wanted to talk to me because she was having second thoughts – basically she just didn’t trust her brother.  He has apparently made statements…

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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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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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