475.079.  Order appointing guardian or conservator. — 1.  If it appears to the court or if it is found by the jury or the court upon proof by clear and convincing evidence that the person for whom a guardian is sought is incapacitated as defined in this law and that the respondent’s identified needs cannot be met by a less restrictive alternative, the court may appoint a guardian of the person.

Terms Used In Missouri Laws 475.079

  • conservator: as used in this chapter , includes limited conservator unless otherwise specified or apparent from the context. See Missouri Laws 475.010
  • Conservator ad litem: one appointed by the court in which particular litigation is pending regarding the management of financial resources on behalf of a minor, a disabled person, or an unborn person in that particular proceeding or as otherwise specified in this chapter. See Missouri Laws 475.010
  • Guardian: one appointed by a court to have the care and custody of the person of a minor or of an incapacitated person. See Missouri Laws 475.010
  • Guardian ad litem: one appointed by a court, in which particular litigation is pending on behalf of a minor, an incapacitated person, a disabled person, or an unborn person in that particular proceeding or as otherwise specified in this code. See Missouri Laws 475.010
  • Minor: any person who is under the age of eighteen years. See Missouri Laws 475.010
  • person: may extend and be applied to bodies politic and corporate, and to partnerships and other unincorporated associations. See Missouri Laws 1.020

 2.  If it is found that the person for whom a conservator of the estate is sought is a minor or is disabled as defined in section 475.010 by a disability other than or in addition to minority and that the respondent’s identified needs cannot be met by a less restrictive alternative, the court may appoint a conservator of the estate, who may be the same person appointed guardian of the person.

 3.  The court shall not appoint the public administrator to serve as guardian, limited guardian, conservator, limited conservator, emergency guardian, emergency conservator, guardian ad litem, or conservator ad litem unless notice is first given to the public administrator as provided in subsection 3 of section 475.075 and the public administrator has an opportunity to participate in any hearing on such matter, including the right to cross examine witnesses and to offer witnesses and evidence.  The public administrator may waive notice and the opportunity to participate.