St Louis, MO asked in Real Estate Law and Probate for Missouri

Q: If my dad passed away with out a will but I have screenshots of the conversation him and I had hours before his death

He said to me that I can have one of his cars and even tho it isn't any will the Facebook messenger verify that its his page with his profile picture and full name with the conversation from him and I and he's telling me I get one of his cars so isn't that conversation û and him telling me that in this conversation isnt this message verification enough that the car belong to me or will I have to verify more than our conversation about it

Or that is not enough proof???

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Jennifer Sheila Kornblum
Jennifer Sheila Kornblum
  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Springfield, MO
  • Licensed in Missouri

A: In Missouri, an oral will is generally not valid. There is an exception but not in the circumstances you describe. Missouri requires a person's last will to be in writing and witnessed and notarized. I'm afraid your father's statements on facebook messenger will not be enforced by a court. If you are uncertain about your rights to your father's estate, you should consult a probate attorney.

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