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Missouri Beneficiary Deed Forms

We are frequently asked for a blank Missouri Beneficiary Deed Form.  When this happens we respectfully and politely declined to provide one.

Why not? Several reasons, but primarily because we don’t want somebody filling in the blanks incorrectly, or not understanding precisely what they are doing. We simply refuse to be a part of that.  This may upset you.  We are sorry that you are upset, but we are trying to prevent problems.

Real Estate is often the most valuable thing that someone owns. Transferring it on death involves many, many considerations which are often not readily apparent. This includes issues with the recipient having financial problems, marital problems, or being disabled.  In avoiding one probate in a seemingly inexpensive and easy way you may be giving rise to a different, and more problematic legal matter.

We just think it’s a really bad idea not to understand precisely what is going on when a beneficiary deed is prepared and recorded. We’ve seen too many bad results. We’ve seen too many people trying to save a few bucks who actually cost their family thousands of dollars, if not tens of thousands.

We are not so naive as to think that you aren’t going to find a form somewhere. You will. If you insist on doing it yourself we can’t stop you. We just hope you’ll think twice about getting professional advice.

To be certain, Beneficiary Deeds are valuable tools when used correctly. Knowing when and how to do so is the key.  Let us know if you need our help.

3 Responses to Missouri Beneficiary Deed Forms

  1. Can u send me a Missouri beneficiary deed form to my email account please. If it’s in english, I can fill it out. Don’t need legal help. Only suckers pay for that.

    • Scott, I gotta be honest, I just about trashed your comment. I’m choosing instead to respond. I doubt very seriously that I convince you that do it yourself legal work can be unwise, so I won’t try. I won’t send you the form, and I’ve already stated why in the post. Go to the office supply store and spend a little money.

      Here’s the real point. Yes, I’m sure you can fill in the blanks. The problem is you’ll never know if you filled them in correctly, and perhaps more importantly if they are even the right tool for you. You’ll be dead and gone.

      Good luck Scott, and all of the Scott’s of the world. In the long run lawyers make a lot more money off of the mistakes of people like you as opposed to the “suckers” who choose to pay us for our knowledge, experience, and yes, knowing how to fill in the blanks.

  2. I am a lawyer, and I was looking online for issues and problems that perhaps I had not thought of. I would add to Mr. Herdon’s admonition that there will be all kinds of financial issues that a transfer of a deed imposes. Does this person have the finances to pay the property taxes and insurance? Do they know how to even take care of a home? Did the grantor provide for the estate taxes otherwise, or might the house have to be sold to pay the taxes?

    Giving a deed to a non-lawyer to simply fill in the blanks ignores all of the issues that a good lawyer would discuss with you. This might be analogous to giving a 16 yr old the car keys to a corvette and hoping for the best.

    I don’t know Mr. Herndon, but I can assure you he is giving you good advice to not do this on your own.

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