Chicago, IL asked in Probate and Estate Planning for Missouri

Q: how may obtain a copy of my uncle's last will & testament of which I am allegedly 1 of the included beneficiaries?

my uncle died in 2017. at the time i was incarcerated in the missouri state prison system. Over the phone i was informed by a family member that my uncle willed me an inheritance. The family member refused to tell me how much money i was entitled to. To avoid being heavily taxed due to the state's MIRA statutes, the family member had my verbal agreement to deposit a check that bore the amount of my inheritance into a joint bank account with both of our names listed as the account owners. since my release i have come to find out that the bank account does NOT bear my name as its owner or administer and I have no access to the account in any way, not even to check the status or balance. the bank seems to know the specialized terms of this account as they have mentioned to me cryptically when i was denied withdrawel. i was told the bank knows its my money but can't allot me any. i want my money. so i want to 1st see how much was willed to me by my uncle. how do i get a copy of the will?

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Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst
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  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Crossville, TN

A: You can get a copy from the probate court where your uncle's probate case was commenced.

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Todd Miller
Todd Miller
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  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Jefferson City, MO
  • Licensed in Missouri

A: If the Will was probated, it is a public record and a copy may be obtained from the clerk of the court in the county where the decedent last resided. For what it's worth, if a probate estate was opened and you weren't notified by mail of any proceedings, there isn't much of a chance that you were included in the Will.

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