Probate Court

Supreme Court Rule 55.03 (a) Signature Required.
Every pleading, motion, and other filing shall be signed by at least one attorney of record in the attorney's individual name or by the self-represented party. An attorney who assists in the preparation of a pleading, motion, or other filing for an otherwise self-represented person is not required to sign the document. Every filing made electronically must add a certificate verifying that the attorney or party signed the original. The original signed filing must be maintained by the filer for a period of not less than the maximum allowable time to complete the appellate process.

Below the signature shall be printed the signer's name, Missouri bar number (if applicable), address, telephone number, facsimile number, and electronic mail address, if any.

An unsigned filing or an electronic filing without the required certification shall be stricken unless the omission is corrected promptly after being called to the attention of the attorney or party filing same.



Filing Fees:
*Small Estates, Refusal of Letters, Abbreviated Probate Matters: $68.50

*Missouri HealthNet Release required with initial Small Estates filing.

*Decedent Estates: $148.50 without Will $183.50 with Will admitted (Additional fee assessed in decedent estates based upon value of final inventory)

Adult Guardianship and/or Conservatorship: $108.50 + $300.00 per LCR 5.1

Minor Guardianship and/or Conservatorship:  $93.50 + $750.00 per LCR 5.1

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LOCAL COURT RULE 73. PROBATE
*In all guardianship or conservatorship cases, where a criminal record review, sexual offender registry review, credit history investigation, or other report is required by §475.050 RSMo., each required report, certified by the issuing agency, shall be filed with the petition, unless otherwise permitted by the judge assigned to the case. In the event an issuing agency does not have a procedure for providing certified copies of reports, then the report shall be certified by affidavit of a person with knowledge of facts in the report.
*In all decedent’s estate cases, a copy of a death certificate of the decedent shall be filed with the application seeking the opening of the estate, unless otherwise permitted by the judge assigned to the case.
*In all minor’s estate cases, a copy of a birth certificate of the minor shall be filed with the application seeking opening of the estate, unless otherwise permitted by the judge assigned to the case.

*Judicial Information Sheet required with all new filings.

*Criminal background check, Credit history and Home Study may be required prior to issuing Letters of Guardianship and/or Letters of Conservatorship.  Please check with the Court.