ACTS AGAINST OR AFFECTING WARD OR PROPOSED WARD
NRS 159.305 Petition alleging that person disposed of money of ward or has evidence of interest of ward in or to property.
1. If a guardian, interested person, ward or proposed ward petitions the court upon oath alleging:
(a) That a person has or is suspected to have concealed, converted to his or her own use, conveyed away or otherwise disposed of any money, good, chattel or effect of the ward; or
(b) That the person has in his or her possession or knowledge any deed, conveyance, bond, contract or other writing which contains evidence of, or tends to disclose the right, title or interest of the ward or proposed ward in or to, any real or personal property, or any claim or demand,
Ê the judge may cause the person to be cited to appear before the district court to answer, upon oath, upon the matter of the petition.
2. If the person cited does not reside in the county where letters of guardianship have been issued pursuant to NRS 159.075, the person may be cited and examined before the district court of the county where the person resides, or before the court that issued the citation. Each party to the petition may produce witnesses, and such witnesses may be examined by either party.
(Added to NRS by 2003, 1759)
NRS 159.315 Order of court upon findings concerning allegations that person disposed of money of ward or has evidence of interest of ward in or to property; nonappearance or noncompliance by person cited; effect of order.
1. If the court finds, after examination of a person cited pursuant to NRS 159.305, that the person has committed an act:
(a) Set forth in paragraph (a) of subsection 1 of NRS 159.305, the court may order the person to return the asset or the value of the asset to the guardian of the estate; or
(b) Set forth in paragraph (b) of subsection 1 of NRS 159.305, the court may order the person to return the asset or provide information concerning the location of the asset to the guardian of the estate.
2. The court may hold a person who is cited pursuant to NRS 159.305 in contempt of court and deal with the person accordingly if the person:
(a) Refuses to appear and submit to examination or to testify regarding the matter complained of in the petition; or
(b) Fails to comply with an order of the court issued pursuant to subsection 1.
3. An order of the court pursuant to subsection 1 is prima facie evidence of the right of the proposed ward or the estate of the ward to the asset described in the order in any action that may be brought for the recovery thereof, and any judgment recovered therein must be double the value of the asset, and damages in addition thereof equal to the value of such property.
4. If the person who is cited pursuant to NRS 159.305 appears and, upon consideration of the petition, the court finds that the person is not liable or responsible to the estate of the ward or proposed ward, the court may order:
(a) The estate of the ward or proposed ward to pay the attorney’s fees and costs of the respondent; or
(b) If the court finds that the petitioner unnecessarily or unreasonably filed the petition, the petitioner personally to pay the attorney’s fees and costs of the respondent.
(Added to NRS by 2003, 1759)