Missouri Revised Statutes Title XXXI. Trusts and Estates of Decedents and Persons Under Disability § 474.395. Will, no-contest clause, filing of petition

1. If a will contains a no-contest clause, an interested person may file a petition with the court for a determination whether a particular motion, petition, action, or other claim for relief by the interested person would trigger application of the no-contest clause or would otherwise trigger a forfeiture that is enforceable under applicable law and public policy, which application would be adjudicated in the manner prescribed in section 456.4-420 , and subject to the provisions set forth therein.

2. For purposes of this section, a “no-contest clause” shall mean a provision in a will purporting to rescind a donative transfer to, or a fiduciary appointment of, any person who institutes a proceeding challenging the validity of all or part of the will, or that otherwise effects a forfeiture of some or all of an interested person's beneficial interest in the estate as a result of some action taken by the beneficiary.  This definition shall not be construed in any way as determining whether a no-contest clause is enforceable under applicable law and public policy in a particular factual situation.  As used in this section, the term “no-contest clause” shall also mean an “in terrorem clause”.


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