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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you want to be an organ donor in Missouri, you can learn more and register at Donate Life Missouri’s registry website.
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 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.
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.
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.
Be aware that you are still responsible for federal taxes on an inheritance.
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