Sometimes things happen that prevent someone’s loved ones from quickly opening a probate estate. It might be that the grieving process has been difficult. There could be new found assets that didn’t have a beneficiary. It could be that the heirs have been difficult to locate. Whatever the case may be, Missouri has a specific process called a determination of heirship for all probate estates that were not opened within one year from the decedent’s death. This requires the filing of a petition and a hearing to determine who should receive the assets of the decedent based upon predetermined rules and formulas.
It’s important to hire an attorney experienced with these proceedings to make sure that your rights and interests are protected and that everything goes according to plan. I’ve helped people through this process before and I’d appreciate the opportunity to answer any questions that you may have.