Section 26-2A-152

Powers of conservator in administration.

(a) Subject to limitation provided in Section 26-2A-154, a conservator shall have all of the powers conferred in this section and any additional powers now or hereafter conferred by law on trustees in this state. In addition, a conservator of the estate of an unmarried minor as to whom no one has parental rights, has the powers of a guardian of a minor described in Section 26-2A-78 until the minor attains the age of 19 years, or the disabilities of nonage have been removed, but the parental rights so conferred on a conservator do not preclude appointment of a guardian as provided in Division 1 of this article.

(b) A conservator without court authorization or confirmation may invest and reinvest funds of the estate as would a trustee.

(c) A conservator, acting as a fiduciary in efforts to accomplish the purpose of the appointment, may act without court authorization or confirmation, to

(1) Collect, hold, and retain assets of the estate including land in another state and stocks of private corporations, until determining that disposition of the assets should be made, and the assets may be retained even though they include an asset in which the conservator is personally interested;

(2) Receive additions to the estate;

(3) Acquire an undivided interest in an asset of the estate that is otherwise an investment authorized for the conservator and in which the conservator, in any fiduciary capacity, holds an undivided interest;

(4) Invest and reinvest estate assets in accordance with subsection (b);

(5) Deposit estate funds to the extent insured in a state or federally insured financial institution, including one operated by the conservator;

(6) Acquire an asset for the estate that is an authorized investment for conservators, including land in another state, for cash or on credit, at public or private sale, and manage, develop, improve, partition, or change the character of an estate asset;

(7) Dispose of an asset, other than real property, of the estate for cash or on credit, at public or private sale, and manage or change the character of an estate asset;

(8) Make ordinary or extraordinary repairs or alterations in buildings or other structures;

(9) Enter for any purpose into a lease as lessor or lessee for a term not exceeding five years;

(10) Enter into a lease or arrangement for exploration and removal of minerals or other natural resources or enter into a pooling or unitization agreement;

(11) Grant an option for a period not exceeding one year involving disposition of an estate asset;

(12) Vote a security, in person or by general or limited proxy;

(13) Pay calls, assessments, and any other sums chargeable or accruing against or on account of securities;

(14) Sell or exercise stock-subscription or conversion rights;

(15) Deposit any stocks, bonds, or other securities at any time held in any pool or voting trust containing terms or provisions approved by the conservator;

(16) Consent, directly or through a committee or other agent, to the reorganization, consolidation, merger, dissolution, or liquidation of a corporation or other business enterprise;

(17) Insure the assets of the estate against damage or loss and the conservator against liability with respect to third persons;

(18) Borrow money for the protection of the estate to be repaid from estate assets or otherwise; advance money for the protection of the estate or the protected person and for all expenses, losses, and liability sustained in the administration of the estate or because of the holding or ownership of any estate assets, for which the conservator has a lien on the estate as against the protected person for advances so made;

(19) Pay or contest any claim; settle a claim by or against the estate or the protected person by compromise, arbitration, or otherwise; and release, in whole or in part, any claim belonging to the estate to the extent the claim is uncollectible;

(20) Pay reasonable annual compensation of the conservator, subject to final approval of the court in an accounting under Section 26-2A-147;

(21) Pay taxes, assessments, and other expenses incurred in the collection, care, administration, and protection of the estate;

(22) Allocate items of income or expense to either estate income or principal, as provided by the applicable principal and income act or other law, including creation of reserves out of income for depreciation, obsolescence, or amortization, or for depletion in mineral or timber properties;

(23) Pay any sum distributable to a protected person or dependent of the protected person by - (i) paying the sum to the distributee, (ii) applying the sum for the benefit of the distributee, or (iii) paying the sum for the use of the distributee to the guardian of the distributee, or, if none, to a relative or other person having custody of the distributee;

(24) Employ persons, including attorneys, auditors, investment advisors, or agents, even though they are associated with the conservator, to advise or assist in the performance of administrative duties;

(25) Prosecute or defend actions, claims, or proceedings in any jurisdiction for the protection of estate assets and of the conservator in the performance of fiduciary duties;

(26) Execute and deliver all instruments that will accomplish or facilitate the exercise of the powers vested in the conservator; and

(27) Hold a security in the name of a nominee or in other form without disclosure of the conservatorship so that title to the security may pass by delivery, but the conservator is liable for any act of the nominee in connection with the stock so held.

(d) A conservator, acting as a fiduciary in efforts to accomplish the purpose of the appointment, may act with prior court authorization, to

(1) Continue or participate in the operation of any business or other enterprise;

(2) Demolish any improvements and raze or erect new party walls or buildings;

(3) Dispose of any real property, including land in another state, for cash or on credit, at public or private sale, and manage, develop, improve, partition, or change the character of estate real property;

(4) Subdivide, develop, or dedicate land or easements to public use; make or obtain the vacation of plats and adjust boundaries;

(5) Enter for any purpose into a lease as lessor or lessee for a term of five or more years or extending beyond the term of the conservatorship;

(6) Grant an option for a term of more than one year involving disposition of an estate asset; and

(7) Take an option for the acquisition of any asset.

(Acts 1987, No. 87-590, p. 975, §2-323.)