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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 your desired result.

  • Paid Funeral Bills.  Have one ready to file with your affidavit
  • If your filing involves Real Estate have a “drive by” appraisal.  Often this is simply a letter from a Real Estate professional with their opinion as to market value.  Obviously you should use the value from the letter in your affidavit.
  • If your filing involves an asset with debts associated with it, such as a vehicle loan or a real estate mortgage, include a current statement.
  • Provide a copy of the death certificate
  • If the total value exceeds $15,000 then be certain to have the fee for publication of Notice as to your Small Estate Filing

If your lawyer doesn’t ask for these documents provide them anyway — chances are they will be needed.  Having them up front will just make things move more quickly.

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