Missouri Last Will & Testament Information
Wills in Missouri allow the testator an opportunity to ensure their spouse, children, and other loved ones, are taken care of upon death. The Missouri law enables you to leave property or gifts to charitable organizations.
A Missouri Last Will & Testament includes the following requirements:
- The testator must be eighteen years old or older, or a minor emancipated by adjudication, marriage, or entrance into active military duty.
- They must also be of ‘sound mind’.
- The Will must be signed by the testator or by someone else in their name (provided it is done under the testator’s direction and in their presence).
- The signing of the Will requires at least two witnesses in the presence of a testator in order to make it valid. They cannot be beneficiaries.
- Another requirement to make the Will valid is that it must be in written format. However, in certain circumstances, oral wills are valid.
- A Missouri resident may bequeath their assets to any beneficiaries.
In Missouri in the absence of a will, a surviving spouse inherits the entire estate unless the decedent also has descendants shared with the spouse, in which case the spouse takes the first $20,000 of the estate plus half the balance. If the decedent has descendants not shared with the spouse, the spouse takes half of the estate.
If there is no surviving spouse, descendants, or parents, other relatives, including siblings and grandparents, will inherit depending on the closeness of the relation.
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