In the state of Missouri, what documents, and what steps need to be taken to open an estate in probate? Is a lawyer needed to open an estate in probate? Is the person that opens the estate in probate automatically appointed as the administrator or personal respresentative of the estate or can a neutral third party be appointed by the probate court? Can all siblings of the deceased require DNA testing to ensure the estate is being distributed to true heirs?OK, I guess the DNA testing question was too much for anyone to touch this question, so forget that one and please answer any or all of the other questions. I am getting so much conflicting information. One lawyer tells me that whoever opens the estate in probate is automatically the ersonal representative of the estate, another tells me that a probate judge will be needed to appoint a nuetral party as representative, another tells me that a home could be held in the estate and someone can live in it with the estate paying for the expenses. Can someone please help?