Missouri: Every Legal, Medical, and Estate Planning Document You Need

Here's a complete guide to every critical medical, legal, and estate planning document and relevant state law for Missouri. Download these forms and get started with Pillar to organize all of your most important documents in one safe, secure, easy-to-use online storage solution

February 2, 2021

If you or a loved one lives in Missouri, there are a number of important forms, documents, resources, and specific state laws you should be aware of. Whether you are handling a guardianship of an elderly person, or just want to know how probate court or inheritance law works, continue reading for some of the more important documents and laws you should know about.

Essential Medical State Laws & Forms: Missouri

How to Get Your Medical Records in Missouri

Missouri law (Section 191.227) requires that all medical providers must keep medical records for at least seven years since the last treatment.

In Missouri you have a right to access and view your medical records. You also have a right to amend and add information to your medical records. However, depending on the nature of the medical records, certain information may not be eligible for amendment.

According to the Missouri State Medical Association, the maximum fee that can be charged for a copy of medical records is $26.06 plus $0.60 per page for the cost of labor. For additional information on fees, visit this website or speak with your healthcare provider regarding amendments as fees vary from office to office.

Missouri Advance Directive Forms & Laws

How to Get a Living Will in Missouri

Download the Missouri living will form. This form has additional documents related to creating a medical POA, or medical proxy. In order for the will to be valid it must be signed by two witnesses and notarized.

Do Not Resuscitate Order (DNR)

DNRs are allowed in Missouri (section 190.603). Download a standard DNR form here. A patient or their representative and their physician or medical provider are required to sign the form in order for it to be valid. 

Durable Medical Power of Attorney (POA)

This form is available in Missouri and allows you to name another person to be your agent. This agent will have the ability to make medical decisions for you.

This is also available in this form that can establish your living will.

In order for the form to be valid it must be notarized.

Missouri Organ Donor Registry

If you want to be an organ donor in Missouri, you can learn more and register at Donate Life Missouri’s registry website.

Essential Missouri Legal & Estate Planning Documents & Forms

Trusts and Probate Laws in Missouri

Most estates in Missouri will have to go through the probate process. A trust is one way to avoid going through the probate process. Additionally, an executor may file an affidavit for a small estate if the value of the estate does not exceed $40,000.

There are two types of probate processes: a supervised probate process involves heavy oversight by the probate court. An independent probate process involves eliminating supervision from the probate court if it is indicated as such in the will or if the distributees all agree.

This Missouri judicial website has a collection of forms available in one location to people going through the probate process.

Missouri Digital Estate Planning Laws

Missouri recently incorporated digital estate planning laws in 2018. The new statute provides information on how to properly manage and protect digital estates, their assets, and communications.

Missouri Probate Laws

If a person’s estate is intestate because they die without a will, it will be distributed through Missouri’s intestacy laws. This is a process that involves distributing assets to the closest relatives.

Intestacy succession laws are available here, as well as in Title 474.010

How to Get a Marriage, Birth, and Death Certificate in Missouri

Missouri has collected the information on how to obtain each of these vital records in one webpage. These forms can also be ordered online at the same website.

  • Marriage certificate: The cost to acquire a marriage certificate is $15. Additional copies are $15
  • Birth certificate: The cost to acquire a death certificate is $15. Additional copies are $15
  • Death certificate: The cost to acquire a death certificate is $14. Additional copies are $11

Does Missouri Have an Estate & Inheritance Tax?

  • Estate tax: There are no estate taxes in Missouri. 
  • Inheritance tax: There are no inheritance taxes in Missouri.
  • Gift tax: There are no gift taxes in Missouri.

Be aware that you are still responsible for federal taxes on an inheritance.

How to Organize Your Most Important Documents

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