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GUARDIAN AND CONSERVATOR ACTIONS
Proposed Guardian/Conservator Background and Credit Screenings
§475.050, et seq. – See Also Senate Bill 806
Effective August 28, 2018, Missouri law changed to require certain background screenings and credit history be on file and in evidence any all proposed guardians and conservators with only some exceptions:
- Any proposed guardian/conservator is required to file a Background Screening, including a Criminal Records, disqualification lists of the Departments of Mental Health, Social Services, Health and Senior Services, abuse and neglect registries, and sex offender registry.
- The following persons are exempt from this new requirement: the Public Administrator, the ward’s spouse, parent (grandparent), or adult child. Sec. 475.050.4-6 RSMo.
- The Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) compiles and disseminates criminal history records. Fingerprinting is required for such background screening. The web site for the MSHP’s fingerprinting vendor is machs.mo.gov where it is referred to as a Personal Review Application. The Fingerprint online code number is 9999. Other background screenings can be obtained via DMH. Petitioner is also responsible for preparing and submitting a “Caregiver Background Screening Form”. This Form and is located on the DMH website of https://dmh.mo.gov/hr/careback The contact number for the MSHP CJIS Division for information regarding background checks and fingerprinting is (573) 526-6153.
- If appointment of a conservator or fiduciary is sought, the Petitioner must obtain and file a credit history investigation report on the proposed conservator from a private agency at their own expense
- The Petitioner is responsible for obtaining required background screening reports and/or credit histories. Such reports must be certified either by affidavit or by obtaining a certified copy of the report. All required reports must be filed with the Court no later than 10 days prior to the final hearing or trial in the case. The Court cannot enter an Order appointing a guardian or conservator until such reports are filed and reviewed. Sec. 475.050.6 RSMo.
CAUTION: This Notice is not a comprehensive summary of all the legal changes to Chapter 475 which have become effective as of August 28, 2018. Please review Chapter 475 in full .
Missouri Law requires an attorney in certain matters.
Cases that require retaining an attorney are:
- Application for Letters of Administration
- Application for Letters Testamentary
- Application for Letters DBN
- Application for Letters with Will Annexed
- Petition for Determination of Heirship
- Petition to Require Administration
- Application for Letters of Conservatorship of an Adult or Minor
- Affidavit to Establish Title to Distributee with Real Property (Small Estate Affidavit)
- All Emergency Applications for Letters of Guardianship and/or Conservatorship for a Minor or Adult
Cases that may be filed without retaining an attorney are:
- Applications for Letters of Guardianship and/or Conservatorship for an Adult or Minor
- Affidavit to Establish Title to Distributee without Real Property (Small Estate Affidavit)
- Refusals of Letters – (Spousal/Creditor/Minor)
- Will Filed Only
- Will Admit
- Will Filed During Lifetime
Filings on all decedent’s estates must include a certificate of death. It does not need to be a certified copy; a copy is preferred.
Background searches may be requested through the Missouri State Highway Patrol. For your convenience, the form number for the Caregiver Background Screening is MO 300-1590.
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MOST USED FORMS
- Confidential Filing Information Sheet - PROBATE (pdf)
- Affidavit To Establish Title Of Distributee To Property In Estate Having Less Than $40000.00 (word)
- Application of Creditor for Refusal of Letters (word)
- Application of Surviving Spouse for Refusal of Letters (word)
- Application of Unmarried Minor Child(ren) for Refusal of Letters (word)