Probate

The Probate Division has jurisdiction over the estates of deceased persons and incapacitated and disabled adults and minors.  The Division hears all litigation involving trusts, including those trusts established in wills.  Disputes involving transfers to minors, personal custodianships and durable powers of attorney are also heard in the Division. 

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Photo by Jaci Mairs (Court Administrator 1995-2003)

The Division hears cases involving the civil commitment to treatment facilities of persons who are mentally ill or who have substance abuse problems.  The Probate Division also hears cases involving the institutionalization of persons alleged to be sexually violent predators. 

Finally, the Probate Judge accepts transfers from other divisions of cases that have a relationship to the administration of a probate case. 

The Probate Division is comprised of 27 staff members, including the Probate Judge, Probate Commissioner, Deputy Probate Commissioner/Probate Clerk, Court Reporter, Law Clerk, Director and 21 deputy clerks.  The Division is housed in both the Kansas City Courthouse and the Independence Courthouse.

Information concerning procedures is available in the Probate Procedure Manual. 

Information concerning filing fees is available in the document Probate Filing Fees

Case information may be accessed via Case.net.  All docket entries and cases closed prior to May 16, 2005 must be accessed on the Probate website. 

The hours of operation are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.  The Commissioners see attorneys between the hours of 8:00 am and Noon.  Please call ahead to ensure they are available.  The Division accepts payment in the form of cash (exact change is required), attorney or firm checks made payable to The Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri, and credit card payments.  There is a $2.00 handling fee assessed to credit card transactions totaling $50.00 and under and a 4% fee charged for all transactions of $50.01 and above.