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Probate Overview

Lawrence County Probate Court

Phone: (417) 466.2471


The Probate Division of the 39th Judicial Circuit has statutory authority over the estates of deceased persons and incapacitated or disabled adults and minors, which may include a Guardianship or Conservatorship.  The Probate Division also adjudicates cases involving wills and trusts, the estates of deceased persons who did not have a will, and cases involving a civil commitment to treatment facilities of persons who are mentally ill or who have substance abuse problems.  The Probate Division Clerk is in the Judicial Court Facility, and is the proper place to file matters properly under the authority of the Probate Division.

Court Clerks are prohibited from giving legal advice pursuant to 484.020 RSMo.  

Court Clerks may provide limited assistance in filling out forms necessary for obtaining an order of refusal of letters pursuant to 473.091 RSMo.


Not all forms used by the Court will be made available through this website. Most Probate estates require representation by an attorney licensed to practice in Missouri. Your attorney will have the proper forms to file on your behalf.


All Probate files are public record, unless otherwise determined by the courts to be confidential. Confidential records include Mental Health and Alcohol/Drug related cases. To receive copies of documents from a confidential mental health case, you must provide proof that you are the respondent or the attorney of record.

CASE.NET is your access to the Missouri State Courts Automated Case Management System. You are able to search for records by name or by case number to review case records including party information and docket entries. Only cases that have been deemed public under the Missouri Revised Statutes can be accessed through Please Note: Information available on will not represent complete court records and may not be available for filings prior and including select dates in 2005.o.



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