We make probate as painless as possible.

As a Personal Representative of a will (or sometimes a loved one of someone who passes without a will), you may have the responsibility of approaching the Probate Court and distributing assets to heirs.

Our team has the knowledge, experience, Professional relationships and the drive to make Estate Administration painless for our clients at a time when you likely have many other concerns to attend to.

Get an upfront cost estimate to help you choose how to proceed.

Estate Administration & Probate guidance includes:

– Navigating the Probate Court, including the many detailed steps and specific timing it requires

– Gathering the assets of the estate

– Paying the decedent’s debts

– Developing a plan for distributing the remaining assets

Former Probate Judge & litigators

Jim Moore is a former Probate Judge and Curtis Moore and Dan Stuart have 10+ years of experience in courtroom litigation.

Pricing to fit your budget

Moore Legacy Law customizes our level of involvement to each client’s needs and goals. We will be transparent about our cost and provide a complete estimate before you incur a fee.

Faster, easier estate administration

Increase efficiency and minimize errors, limiting your personal liability for mistakes. Moore Legacy Law helps Personal Representatives more easily discharge their duties. Loved ones will receive their inheritances sooner – and we hope that will be a bright spot for everyone.



How long does probate take?

The time for probate can vary, however, if the probate is straightforward and there isn’t any opposition, it generally takes around 7 months in Missouri. This is because probate requires a 6-month notice period for creditors to make a claim against the decedent’s estate.

How much does probate cost?

Legal fees vary by the value of the property being probated and the complexity of administration. Moore Legacy Law’s fees typically range from 2% to 7% of the value of the property being probated. The more valuable the estate is, the lower the costs are likely to be as a percentage of the estate.

Moore Legacy Law is unique in that we invest in our clients upfront. We take the time to understand your case and provide an early estimate to avoid surprises down the line.

Other costs include court costs, filing fees, publication fees, settlement fees, and bond premiums. They vary by county but typically range from $500 to $1,000.

Finally, the Personal Representative is entitled to a fee for their services. In Missouri, that fee is calculated according to the following schedule:

On the first $5,000, 5 percent
On the next $20,000, 4 percent
On the next $75,000, 3 percent
On the next $300,000, 2 3/4 percent
On the next $600,000, 2 1/2 percent
On all over $1,000,000, 2 percent

How do I avoid probate?

There are some tools that allow you avoid probate upon your death. These include a trust-based estate plan and Non-probate transfer designations. Moore Legacy Law will help you assess your assets and determine which tools make the most sense to ensure that your assets are not subject to probate upon your death.

Is your estate planned?

The estate plans Moore Legacy Law creates employ trusts and/or Non-Probate Transfer Designations to avoid probate altogether.

Administering a trust?

Assets held in a trust can frequently be distributed without the hassle of probate court. ​​Our team has the experience and practical know-how to help you discharge your Trustee duties with speed and ease.

How can we help?

Fill us in on your needs. The first conversation is free, and it’s reassuring. We will provide transparent pricing options to fit your budget, so you can decide whether, when, and how to proceed.

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