2006 Louisiana Laws - RS 28:172 — Deposit of patients\' funds; disbursement

§172.  Deposit of patients' funds; disbursement

A.  The superintendent of each hospital for the mentally ill is authorized to receive and receipt for funds belonging to a patient and shall keep such funds on deposit for the use and benefit of the patient.  Such funds shall be considered as being on deposit with an agency of the state of Louisiana and no bond shall be required of the superintendent.  Disbursement thereof shall only be made on order of the court having jurisdiction over the patient if he has been judicially interdicted or if not, an order of the person or governmental agency making the deposit in behalf of the patient.  

B.  When a patient dies who has funds on deposit to his credit the superintendent may at his discretion use whatever portion of such funds is needed to give the patient a decent burial.  The remainder of the patient's funds may be claimed by his heirs by appropriate legal action.  If such funds are not claimed by the heirs of a deceased patient within five years of the date of his death his funds shall become the property of the state and be used by the superintendent for the benefit of other patients in the hospital.  

Added by Acts 1954, No. 427, §1.  Amended by Acts 1962, No. 160, §1.  

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