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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Missouri Probate of Older Estates

From time to time we are contacted by someone dealing with some sort of money, real estate, bank account, or other property that should have been probated, but for whatever reason was overlooked.  This could be because the asset was recently discovered, or perhaps real estate was not titled as was believed, or simple procrastination.…

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Getting a Will from a Safe Deposit Box in Missouri

A couple of times each year we are contacted by someone who is trying to get a Will out of a Bank Safe Deposit Box.  They have the key, but are not “authorized” to access the box and remove items.  Normally this can be handled relatively simply.  A very short “Petition” can be filed in the…

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Update on Small Estate Affidavits in Missouri

Just a few notes on things we’ve been noticing as concerns the filing of Small Estate Affidavits in Missouri.  These matters generally pertain to documents that local Probate Courts seem to be requiring more often.  You won’t find them in the Missouri Statutes – but if you don’t comply it’s likely that you may not get…

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