1.  The real or personal property of the protectee, or any part thereof or any interest therein, may be sold, mortgaged, pledged, leased or exchanged by the conservator of the estate upon such terms as the court may order for the purpose of providing for his care, education, treatment, habilitation, support and maintenance of the protectee or for the care and maintenance of his family or education of his children, and for the payment of the protectee’s debts, the payment of expenses and costs of administration, for investment of the proceeds, or in any other case where it is for the best interests of the protectee.

 2.  To obtain an order to sell, mortgage, lease or exchange real or personal property, the conservator shall present to the court a petition setting forth the condition of the estate and the facts and circumstances on which the petition is founded.  If, after a full examination of the petition and the testimony of credible and disinterested witnesses, if such testimony is deemed necessary, it appears to the court that it is for the best interests of the protectee, an appropriate order may be made for any of the purposes under subsection 1 hereof as the court considers suited to the case.

Terms Used In Missouri Laws 475.200

  • Claims: liabilities of the protectee arising in contract, in tort or otherwise, before or after the appointment of a conservator, and liabilities of the estate which arise at or after the adjudication of disability or after the appointment of a conservator of the estate, including expenses of the adjudication and of administration. See Missouri Laws 475.010
  • conservator: as used in this chapter , includes limited conservator unless otherwise specified or apparent from the context. See Missouri Laws 475.010
  • Habilitation: a process of treatment, training, care, or specialized attention that seeks to enhance and maximize the ability of a person with an intellectual disability or a developmental disability to cope with the environment and to live as determined by the person as much as possible, as is appropriate for the person considering his or her physical and mental condition and financial means. See Missouri Laws 475.010
  • Lease: A contract transferring the use of property or occupancy of land, space, structures, or equipment in consideration of a payment (e.g., rent). Source: OCC
  • Mortgage: The written agreement pledging property to a creditor as collateral for a loan.
  • person: may extend and be applied to bodies politic and corporate, and to partnerships and other unincorporated associations. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • Personal property: includes money, goods, chattels, things in action and evidences of debt. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • Property: includes real and personal property. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • Protectee: a person for whose estate a conservator or limited conservator has been appointed or with respect to whose estate a transaction has been authorized by the court under section Missouri Laws 475.010
  • Settlement: Parties to a lawsuit resolve their difference without having a trial. Settlements often involve the payment of compensation by one party in satisfaction of the other party's claims.
  • Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.
  • Treatment: the prevention, amelioration or cure of a person's physical and mental illnesses or incapacities. See Missouri Laws 475.010

 3.  If the conservator does not make such application, a creditor or other person interested in the estate may file a like petition, giving twenty days’ notice to the conservator.  On the filing of the petition the court may order the conservator to furnish such information and records as the court deems necessary.

 4.  If, upon settlement of the conservator, it appears that the money on hand and anticipated income of the estate is not sufficient for the payment of the costs of the care, education, treatment, habilitation, support and maintenance of the protectee as required by section 475.120, for the maintenance of his family and education of his children under section 475.125, or the payment of claims against the estate, the court may require a hearing to determine if real or personal property of the estate should be sold, mortgaged, pledged, leased or exchanged for that purpose.  Upon hearing the matter, the court shall proceed as in the case of a petition filed under either of the preceding subsections.