Jackson County has seen an increase in the number of its probate cases and expects the caseload to grow as baby boomers age.
The Probate Division of the Jackson County Circuit Court says in 2011, 3,608 probate cases were filed at the court. The court says 325 of those cases involved adult guardianship and conservatorship, a 37% increase over 10 years ago.
The court expects the numbers of cases to continue increasing, because the U.S. Census Bureau says the number of people aged 65 or older in Missouri is expected to increase by 72% in the next 20 years. The division also handles guardianships of minors and those cases have also gone up.
The division on Friday [dedicated on 5/5] a new $225,000 courtroom to accommodate the growing caseload.
Jackson County Tackles Growing Probate Caseload