In some situations, less frequently used Probate methods can or must be used.
A Petition for Determination of Heirship can be used in Missouri for any and all kinds of assets owned by a decedent if the process is started more than one year after the decedent's death and no other form of Estate Administration has taken place. This procedure follows distinct state, statutory rules. A Court Hearing is required, and the final result is a Court Judgment setting forth the persons entitled to specific items of property as heirs.
Carl can tell you and family members if this open Court procedure is necessary .