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Spouses Refusals in Missouri Probate Court

A Missouri Spouse’s Refusal is a procedure whereby a surviving spouse may claim certain assets in a decedent’s name without the need for a full Probate Proceeding.  The surviving spouse may claim what is known as the One Year Support Allowance, and certain Exempt Property.  The One Year Support Allowance is not clearly defined, but in most cases can easily be $15,000 or more.  This may involve money in the bank, a vehicle, or literally any other asset.  The application is filed by completing a form provided by the Court and paying the filing fee, normally $65.00.  Provided all is in order, the Probate Court issues its order, and the person filing can then access the money or property.

If you need more information you may review the law that provides for this procedure, or contact us.

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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.… Continue Reading

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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… Continue Reading

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