Missouri Probate – How Long does it take?

We are often asked how long Probate takes in Missouri.  The answer, unfortunately, is that it all depends on your particular circumstances.  At a minimum the Estate must stay open at least 6 months from the date that the “Notice” is first published in the paper.  Getting to this point can take several weeks to several months.  A variety of other factors are involved, including how quickly the “Personal Representative”, or as they are commonly known, the “Executor” acts, the complexity of the holdings of the estate, the cooperation of the family, difficulty in selling assets, such as real estate, etc.

In rare occasions they can be closed about 7 months after death.  More commonly you should assume 8 or 9 months, and if there are complicating factors perhaps much, much longer.

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