475.529.  Proceedings in more than one state. — Except for a petition for the appointment of a guardian in an emergency or issuance of a protective order limited to property located in this state as provided in subdivision (1) or (2) of subsection 1 of section 475.524, if a petition for the appointment of a guardian or issuance of a protective order is filed in this and in another state and neither petition has been dismissed or withdrawn, the following rules apply:

Terms Used In Missouri Laws 475.529

  • following: when used by way of reference to any section of the statutes, mean the section next preceding or next following that in which the reference is made, unless some other section is expressly designated in the reference. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • 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
  • Property: includes real and personal property. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • State: when applied to any of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the territories, and the words "United States" includes such district and territories. See Missouri Laws 1.020

 (1)  If the court in this state has jurisdiction under section 475.523, it may proceed with the case unless a court in another state acquires jurisdiction under provisions similar to section 475.523 before the appointment or issuance of the order.

 (2)  If the court in this state does not have jurisdiction under section 475.523, whether at the time the petition is filed or at any time before the appointment or issuance of the order, the court shall stay the proceeding and communicate with the court in the other state.  If the court in the other state has jurisdiction, the court in this state shall dismiss the petition unless the court in the other state determines that the court in this state is a more appropriate forum.