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Missouri recognizes a modified process to probate estates where the “entire estate, less liens, debt, and encumbrances, does not exceed forty thousand dollars.” This process is often referred to as “small estate affidavit” due to the probate process being able to advance with only an affidavit being filed rather than much of the additional documentation that is required with larger estates. The purpose behind this is to keep the probate courts from being overwhelmed, and results in smaller estates being handled with less expense and more expediency. Even so, there are requirements which must be strictly adhered to, and is here to handle every step of the process for you.

Small Estate Affidavit Requirements

In addition to the value of estates allowed to go through the small estate affidavit process being capped at forty thousand dollars, there are additional requirements which must be complied with. For example, unless the property value is less than fifteen thousand dollars, it is mandatory that a notice to creditors be published by the clerk of court in a newspaper of general circulation. Also, with certain conditions, the small estate affidavit may be filed by the personal representative listed in the Will or by a person that will be authorized to receive a distribution from the estate. 

How Can Help

The mission of is to provide an easy, stress-free and simple approach to the probate process. By utilizing cutting-edge technology combined with a thorough knowledge of applicable laws and legislation, we are able to accommodate our clients with a worry-free experience. Our all-inclusive services for small estate affidavit cases include:

Our Resources For an Easy Legal Process

  • Access to a secure client portal
  • Automated checklists
  • Ability to e-sign representation agreements
  • Direct communication with a Missouri probate lawyer via messaging
  • Ability to upload documents via a cellphone
  • Document automation to create your probate documents faster

A Personalized Plan to Meet Your Unique Needs Quickly

It is important that your plan be tailored to fit the specific needs of the estate you are probating. This will confirm that the estate is probated in the most efficient and cost-effective way possible. In order to accomplish this goal, you will receive: 

  • A personalized legal team
  • Referrals to supplementary resources
  • Assistance with identifying and gathering necessary information
  • Help with ascertaining assets and liabilities

Start the Stress-Free Probate Process Today

Although probating a small estate may be less cumbersome than larger estates, there are still legal requirements which must be met. By following our streamlined plan, you can rest assured that you will be able to probate a small estate with minimal distress and bother. Our program offers access to licensed Missouri probate lawyers to address your questions and concerns and is a cost-effective way to ensure compliance with governing statutes. Contact us today to start the process that will bring you the peace of mind you are looking for.