Attorneys in the guardianship case of an elderly hotel magnate in southwest Missouri have asked that the case be closed to the public.
Friends of John Q. Hammons, 92, filed a petitoin in Greene County Circuit Court last year asking probate officials to appoint a legal guardian to oversee Hammons' care. Hammons, a prominent developer, now lives in a Springfield nursing home.
The case was reassigned to Probate Judge Michael Cordonnier on Monday. He likely will decide whether to close it.
The Springfield News-Leader reports that closing the case would allow only court personnel and attorneys access to the case files. The motion to close the case notes that information about Hammons' medical condition, medical records, business affairs and personal relationships would likely find its way into the file.
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