By: Attorney Shira Truitt
The Missouri probate process is the legal process through which a person's assets are distributed after they pass away. This process can be complex and time-consuming, but it is important to ensure that a person's wishes are carried out and that their assets are properly distributed to their heirs or beneficiaries.
The first step in the Missouri probate process is to determine whether the deceased person left behind a valid will. If they did, the will must be filed with the probate court in the county where the deceased person lived. The court will appoint an executor, who is responsible for managing the estate and carrying out the provisions of the will. If the deceased person did not leave a will, or if their will is found to be invalid, the court will appoint an administrator to manage the estate.
Once an executor or administrator has been appointed, they will be responsible for collecting and inventorying the deceased person's assets. This includes everything from real estate and personal property to financial accounts and other assets. The executor or administrator will also be responsible for paying any outstanding debts or taxes that are owed by the estate.
After the assets have been collected and inventoried, the executor or administrator will begin the process of distributing them according to the terms of the will or, if there is no will, according to Missouri's laws of intestacy. This may involve selling assets, transferring ownership to heirs or beneficiaries, or distributing cash or other financial assets.
The Missouri probate process can be complex and time-consuming, especially if there are disputes over the distribution of assets or the validity of the will. It is important to work with an experienced probate attorney to ensure that the process is carried out smoothly and that the deceased person's wishes are followed.
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