Process for executing a will
Question Details: My step-mother recently passed away, my father is the named executor and sole beneficiary (subject to surviving for 31 days) but is elderly. What does he need to do to execute the will, does this require hiring an attorney or is there some other (cheaper!) process?
Missouri has a simplified probate process for small estates. To use it, an executor files a written request with the local probate court asking to use the simplified procedure. The court may authorize the executor to distribute the assets without having to jump through the hoops of regular probate.
You can use the simplified small estate process in Missouri if the value of the entire estate, less liens and encumbrances, is $40,000 or less. Mo. Rev. Stat. § 473.097.