29th Judicial Circuit Court

Jasper County Circuit Court - Probate Division

Probate Division
Courthouse Room 206
Carthage, MO 64836
Phone: 417-358-0403
Fax: 417-358-0404
Probate Judge
David B. Mouton
Probate Clerk
Machaela Cantu

Probate is often a confusing area of the Court system. Below is a brief overview of the basics:

One important purpose of probate is to transfer property which is titled only in the name of a deceased person. It is the jurisdiction of the Probate Court to give someone the authority to distribute this property as per the wishes expressed in the decedent’s Last Will and Testament or as per the Missouri Statutes. (Table of Consanguinity)

Examples of Decedent Estates are:
Letters Testamentary / Letters of Administration
Affidavit to Establish Title
Petition to Determine Heirship
Refusal of Letters – Spouse / Minor / Creditor

The Probate Court also has jurisdiction to appoint someone as the guardian of an incapacitated person or as the conservator of the assets of a disabled person. In some instances, it may be necessary to appoint a guardian and/or conservator of a minor child.

Other examples of probate cases include:
Resolution of trust issue
96 hour commitments
Sexually violent predators

Probate records are public record, unless otherwise determined by the courts to be confidential.
Confidential records include Mental Health and Alcohol & Drug related cases.

I hope you find this site helpful. If you have any questions or concerns, please review our FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS section or you may contact our office at 417-358-0403. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST Monday through Friday. We honor all holidays regulated by the State of Missouri. We are located in the beautiful Carthage Courthouse on the second floor in Room 206. We also have an office in the Joplin Courts Building, however, all files are maintained in Carthage. Our staff is always more than happy to assist you.


Machela Cantu, Jasper County Probate Clerk