October 07, 2022

Property Subject to Probate in Missouri

Want to avoid probate? The answer should be yes! Here’s a summary of what property is subject to probate administration under Missouri law.

In Missouri, property not subject to probate administration includes:

1. any personal or real property owned by a Trust;

2. property which the decedent owned as joint tenants with right of survivorship or as tenancy by the entireties;

3. property or accounts designated as payable on death (POD) or transfer on death (TOD).

Property subject to probate administration includes:

1. any bank account solely in the name of the decedent (which does not have a beneficiary designation on the account);

2. real estate exclusively owned by the decedent;

3. real estate co-owned by the decedent, which does not hold a “right of survivorship;”

4. stocks or bonds in the decedent’s name;

5. personal property (including automobiles) exclusively owned or registered to the decedent.


This article represents the opinion of the author and is intended for educational purposes. This article does not constitute legal advice, nor does it create an attorney-client relationship. One should always consult with an experienced attorney before making estate planning decisions.

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