All status and case management conferences, most motions, and uncontested matters will continue to be heard virtually at this time. Initial appearances for all hearings will be heard virtually as well. Contested matters will be heard in the courtroom, subject to certain exceptions, in accordance with Administrative Order 21-16. If you are uncertain as to how your case will be heard, contact the court clerk of the division in which the matter is pending. Please make sure that your notice accurately reflects the manner in which your matter will be heard.

Probate Court

105 S. Central Avenue, 5th Floor, Clayton, MO 63105

Probate Information: 314-615-2629

Probate Fax Telephone Number: 314-615-8293

Hours of Operation - Monday through Friday - 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Judge Ellen Sue Levy

Commissioner William Gust

Commissioner Misty Watson


The St. Louis County Circuit Court, Probate Court, hears and determines matters pertaining to the body of Missouri law which provides for the orderly transfer of property upon death, the appointment of guardians and conservators, and the commitment for treatment of mentally ill persons.

The probate court was created in 1877 when St. Louis County became a governmental entity separate from the City of St. Louis.

From carefully handwritten inventories listing wagon wheels and farm implements to computer print-outs detailing the administration of estates with millions of dollars of "worldly goods", probate records reflect the growth and change of St. Louis County. Even with the volume and complexity of current probate proceedings, staff to maintain that same attention to detail and concern for "making the record" with which the clerk in 1877 carefully hand copied the wills filed in the court.

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Public Refusals of Letters

Spousal, Minor, and Creditor's Refusal Letters

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Time Standards

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Ordering and Paying for Copies

Probate Division Copy Orders
Ordering and Payment Options
(314) 615-2618 – Voice Mailbox

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Filing Fees

Schedule of Deposits and Fees
St. Louis County Circuit Court, Probate Division

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St. Louis County Probate Publisher Options

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Frequently Asked Questions

Please Note: Circuit Probate Case information is available for all public cases that were converted from the previous automated system or entered into the courts case management system (JIS) on or after July 12, 2004. If you are attempting to search for a probate case filed prior to July 12, 2004 and it is not in, please call the General Information number for St. Louis County Court 314-615-2629 or inquire at the St. Louis County Courthouse, Circuit Probate Division in St. Louis County, Missouri.

Please Note: There is a ten (10) page limit for all fax filings. Office Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday