eForms Logo

Missouri Small Estate Affidavit | Affidavit of Distributees for Collection of Small Estate

A Missouri small estate affidavit enables certain property of a decedent (person who has died) to be passed to the decedent's heirs or successors without going through the probate process. This faster alternative is only available to estates smaller than the maximum amount established by the state.
4.9 Stars | 31 Ratings
Downloads: 567

How to File (4 steps)

1. Wait 30 Days

At least 30 days must have passed since the death of the decedent.

2. Assess Estate Value

Make a list of all the property to be distributed from the estate. Doing this will allow the affiant to see whether the estate qualifies for the affidavit process, and if it does, whether publication will be necessary; in some counties, it may also be necessary to file this accounting along with the affidavit. Missouri does allow real property to pass through the affidavit process, but it is generally necessary to obtain an official estimate of the value of real property, such as a statement from an appraiser or record from the county’s estate office.

3. Gather Documents

Numerous documents are required to be filed with the small estate form. These may include: a copy of the death certificate of the decedent; if the decedent had a will, a copy of the will, and proof that it has been filed with the local probate court; and signed statements of consent from heirs or beneficiaries agreeing to the small estate affidavit process.

4. File at the Probate Court

Fill out the affidavit, and file it along with the supporting documents at the probate court for the county in which the decedent resided. To find where this is, use the system’s Court Locator. Note that some counties in Missouri require that the petition be filed by an attorney.