Probate is a court-supervised process of transferring legal property from a person who has died, also known as the decedent, to the personâ€™s designated distributes.
Probate is necessary to protect the rights of the decedentâ€™s heirs, devisees and creditors. After all estate property taxes and debts are taken care of, any remaining property is then taken care of. Probate is necessary unless a decedent did not have any property to be transferred at their time of death.
In general, the earliest an estate may be closed and distribution made to the heirs and/ or the beneficiaries is about six months and 10 days after the date of first publication. Oftentimes, the process can take a year or more.
If you are involved in a regular probate, a Missouri probate attorney is required to represent the personal representative in both supervised and independent administrations in Missouri.
At the law office of Kathryn J. Synor, LLC, we can explain the process to you, help prevent disagreements among family members and make sure all deadlines are kept. Contact our offices today for an experienced Missouri estate planning lawyer to help you through the probate process.