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 opposite is also true. Sometimes the Personal Representative simply doesn’t do their job, whether it’s because of lack of advice or misunderstanding, or something more sinister. In those situations a motion for their removal and replacement may be appropriate. Other, less drastic remedies, such as requesting that the estate be Supervised by the Court may be adequate. Sometimes there are simply disagreements on matters, such as valuations, that the court must become involved with. In other words, whether or not an heir or beneficiary needs representation is purely a matter of the particular situation, and comfort.
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