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

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The Missouri small estate affidavit, also known as the ‘Affidavit of Distributees for Collection of Small Estate’, is for use when a decedent (the person who passed away) leaves a probate estate valued at $40,000 or less and no estate has been opened in probate court. The affidavit cannot be used until at least 30 days after decedent has passed away. It allows a  person entitled to property owned by the decedent to obtain and distribute the property without having to go through the complicated process of probating the estate. The affidavit must be filed with the Probate Court (Find Locations) representing the jurisdiction in which the decedent resided at the time of his or her death.

County-Specific Forms

Filing Procedures Checklist – Use as a guide through filing the small estate and the probate process.

Maximum Amount – $40,000

Laws – § 473.097

How to Write

Step 1 – Fill in the applicable county.

Step 2 – Write in the name of the decedent.

Step 3 – Write in your name and your address.

Step 4 – In Section 1, enter in the name, address, and date of death of the decedent.

Step 5 – In Section 2, if there is a will, write in the date it was admitted to court.

Step 6 – In Section 4, write in the personal property owned by the decedent, its value and who is in possession of the property.

Step 7 – In Section 6, write in the names addresses and relationships to the person who died of people who are entitled to the property.

Step 8 – Write in your name as the person signing the affidavit and then sign in front of a notary public.

Step 9 – File the document with the probate court representing the jurisdiction in which the decedent resided at the time of his or her death.


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