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Missouri Intestacy Laws
These are selections from the Missouri intestate succession statutes.  (Title XXXI, Trusts and Estates of Decedents and Persons Under Disability, Chapter 474, Probate Code-Intestate Succession and Wills)

 

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474.010.  General rules of descent.

All property as to which any decedent dies intestate shall descend and be distributed, subject to the payment of claims, as follows:
(1) The surviving spouse shall receive:
(a) The entire intestate estate if there is no surviving issue of the decedent;
(b) The first twenty thousand dollars in value of the intestate estate, plus one-half of the balance of the intestate estate, if there are surviving issue, all of whom are also issue of the surviving spouse;
(c) One-half of the intestate estate if there are surviving issue, one or more of whom are not issue of the surviving spouse;

 

(2) The part not distributable to the surviving spouse, or the entire intestate property, if there is no surviving spouse, shall descend and be distributed as follows:

 

(a) To the decedent's children, or their descendants, in equal parts;
(b) If there are no children, or their descendants, then to the decedent's father, mother, brothers and sisters or their descendants in equal parts;
(c) If there are no children, or their descendants, father, mother, brother or sister, or their descendants, then to the grandfathers, grandmothers, uncles and aunts or their descendants in equal parts;
(d) If there are no children or their descendants, father, mother, brother, sister, or their descendants, grandfather, grandmother, uncles, aunts, nor their descendants, then to the great-grandfathers, great-grandmothers, or their descendants, in equal parts; and so on, in other cases without end, passing to the nearest lineal ancestors and their children, or their descendants, in equal parts;



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  See Also: Which state's intestacy laws apply at death? and How are intestacy laws interpreted?
The Missouri intestate succession statutes may be found in full by selecting this link.  (Title XXXI, Trusts and Estates of Decedents and Persons Under Disability, Chapter 474, Probate Code-Intestate Succession and Wills)


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