Dying Intestate Missouri

Married with no children
The surviving spouse receives the entire estate.
Married with child or children
The surviving spouse receives one of the following:
1) The first $20,000 in value of the estate plus one half of the balance of the estates if there are surviving children, all of whom are also issue of the surviving spouse;
2) One half of the estate if there are one or more surviving children who are not issue of the surviving spouse.

NOTE: The part not distributable to the spouse shall be distributed to the decedent’s children or their descendants.

Order of estate distribution if spouse survives
1) Spouse
2) Surviving children
3) Parents, siblings or their descendants
4) Grandparents, uncles and aunts or their descendants
5) Great grandparents or their descendants
6) The nearest lineal ancestors and their children, or their descendants provided that relatives who are neither ancestors nor descendants of the deceased may not inherit unless they are related to the decedent at least as closely as the ninth degree
7) the kin of the predeceased spouse who, at the time of the spouse’s death, was married to the decedent and if there is more than one such predeceased spouse, then to go in equal shares to the kin of each predeceased spouse.
No spouse survives but there are other relatives
1) Surviving children
2) Parents, siblings or their descendants
3) grandparents, uncles and aunts or their descendants
4) great grandparents or their descendants
5) The nearest lineal ancestors and their children, or their descendants provided that relatives who are neither ancestors nor descendants of the deceased may not inherit unless they are related to the decedent at least as closely as the ninth degree
6) the kin of the predeceased spouse who, at the time of the spouse’s death, was married to the decedent and if there is more than one such predeceased spouse, then to go in equal shares to the kin of each predeceased spouse.

If part of the kin is of whole blood of the deceased and the other part is of half blood only, those of the half blood shall inherit only half as much as those of the whole blood.

Single person/ widow or widower
1) Surviving children
2) Parents, siblings or their descendants
3) grandparents, uncles and aunts or their descendants
4) great grandparents or their descendants
5) The nearest lineal ancestors and their children, or their descendants provided that relatives who are neither ancestors nor descendants of the deceased may not inherit unless they are related to the decedent at least as closely as the ninth degree
6) the kin of the predeceased spouse who, at the time of the spouse’s death, was married to the decedent and if there is more than one such predeceased spouse, then to go in equal shares to the kin of each predeceased spouse.
No surviving relatives
The property goes to the state of Missouri as provided by law.
State link
http://www.moga.mo.gov/STATUTES/C474.HTM
Other links
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Special notes
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