We are often asked for forms for Missouri Small Estate Affidavits. Here is one from Clay County. Different counties have slightly different versions so you should check with the County where you will need to file yours. In our office we sometimes use the forms, and sometimes draft our own, depending on the facts at hand.
A small estate affidavit cannot be filed until 30 days have passed since the date of death.
Having said that we don’t recommend that you try this without legal assistance. Although the process seems simple there are many nuances that come into play. This is particularly true where there are multiple asssets or if real property or Life Insurance is involved. We understand that you want to save money. Remember, sometimes penny-wise is dollar foolish.