Maine Revised Statutes

§5-401. Protective proceedings

Upon petition and after notice and hearing in accordance with the provisions of this Part, the court may appoint a conservator, coconservator or make other protective order for cause as follows. [2003, c. 323, §2 (AMD).]

(1).    Appointment of a conservator or other protective order may be made in relation to the estate and affairs of a minor if the court determines that a minor owns money or property that requires management or protection which cannot otherwise be provided, has or may have business affairs which may be jeopardized or prevented by his minority, or that funds are needed for his support and education and that protection is necessary or desirable to obtain or provide funds.
[ 1979, c. 540, §1 (NEW) .]
(2).    Appointment of a conservator or other protective order may be made in relation to the estate and affairs of a person if the court determines: by clear and convincing evidence that the person is unable to manage the person's property and affairs effectively for reasons such as mental illness, mental deficiency, physical illness or disability, chronic use of drugs, chronic intoxication, confinement, detention by a foreign power, or disappearance; and by a preponderance of the evidence that the person has property that will be wasted or dissipated unless proper management is provided or that funds are needed for the support, care and welfare of the person or those entitled to be supported by the person and that protection is necessary or desirable to obtain or provide funds. If the allegedly incapacitated person files voluntary written consent to the appointment of a conservator with the court or appears in court and consents to the appointment, unless the court finds the consent suspect, the court may appoint a conservator or coconservator as requested upon a finding by a preponderance of the evidence that the person is unable to manage the person's property and affairs effectively for reasons such as mental illness, mental deficiency, physical illness or disability, chronic use of drugs, chronic intoxication, confinement, detention by a foreign power or disappearance. For the purposes of this subsection, voluntary written consent is valid only if the consent was obtained by a visitor, a guardian ad litem or an attorney representing the allegedly incapacitated person and the allegedly incapacitated person gave the consent outside the presence of the person or persons seeking conservatorship.
[ 2009, c. 349, §7 (AMD) .]
SECTION HISTORY
1979, c. 540, §1 (NEW). 2003, c. 323, §2 (AMD). 2009, c. 349, §7 (AMD).

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