Missouri NonProbate Transfers
Explanation and Instructions Document
Updated August 2019
This detailed document will guide you through the step-by-step process of applying the provisions of
the Missouri NonProbate Transfers Law (as set forth in Chapter 461.003 - 461.081 of the Missouri Revised Statutes). Specifically, this document will provide you with a explanation of the law and a detailed
set of instructions to guide you through the steps and procedures required to retitle your appropriate assets in the nonprobate form to avoid the probate
You can easily avoid the probate process for your assets by following the instructions
as set forth in this valuable document. The cost for this document is $125 and to request such document please
print this page (using the printer option
on your computer or click on the printer icon at the bottom of this page) and then complete and mail this request page
personal check (made payable to "Michael J. Denk") to:
Missouri Estate Planning, LLC
c/o Michael J. Denk
P.O. Box 6464
Chesterfield, Missouri 63006
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(i) By signing this request page and mailing to our office you
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NonProbate Transfers Law Explanation document. The cost is $125 per document.
(ii) You understand and agree the implementation of such law and the
adding of nonprobate designations to the title of your appropriate assets is YOUR responsibility.
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and you should consult with an Attorney of your choice for such advice.
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The Missouri NonProbate Transfers
Missouri NonProbate Transfers Law (enacted in 1989) provides an alternative estate planning technique to that of implementing a Revocable Living Trust, a Last Will & Testament,
or Joint Tenancy ownership of assets.
of such law allow for you to retitle your assets into a nonprobate form, such as "transfer on death" (TOD) and "payable on death" (POD), and thereby avoid the
probate process. You may retitle assets such as bank accounts, automobiles, investment accounts and real estate (visit our
website at www.MissouriBeneficiaryDeed.com for
more information on nonprobate real estate transfers).
of such law are set forth in Chapter 461 of the Missouri Revised Statutes.
A few of the advantages of implementing the provisions of the Missouri NonProbate Transfers Law include:
(i) The Owner of the asset retains legal title and control over the asset during his
or her lifetime.
(ii) Title ownership of the asset is transferred by law to the named Beneficiary upon
the death of the Owner, thereby avoiding the probate process.
(iii) The nonprobate designation may not be revoked by a Last Will &
(iv) The Beneficiary of the asset usually receives a full "step-up" in basis for such
asset and usually with no gift tax implications.
(v) The asset is not subject to the creditor claims of the named Beneficiary during
the lifetime of the Owner, as no interest in such asset is transferred to the Beneficiary until the death of the Owner.