Maine Revised Statutes

§8-105. Hearing

The absentee or any person who claims an interest in any of the property may appear and show cause why the prayer of the petitioner should not be granted. The court may, after hearing, dismiss the petition and order the property in possession of the public administrator to be returned to the person entitled thereto, or it may appoint the person who, under the law of the State, would be entitled to administer upon the estate of such absentee if he were deceased, or if no such person is known or such person declines to serve, then he may appoint the public administrator for said county as receiver of the property which is in the possession of the public administrator and named in his schedule. If a receiver is appointed, the court shall find and record the date of the disappearance or absconding of the absentee and such receiver shall give bond to the judge of probate and his successors in office in such sum and with such condition as the court orders. [1979, c. 540, §1 (NEW).]

1979, c. 540, §1 (NEW).