Nashville songwriter Danny Tate may have a lien placed on his house to pay outstanding legal bills in a three-year battle to free himself from a conservatorship.
Tate had been under the conservatorship since 2007.
Danny Tate's brother David had been appointed his conservator in 2007, after David Tate alleged Danny was blowing all his money on cocaine.
For the next three years, Danny Tate paid not only his own legal fees but his brother’s legal fees. The total amount, as estimated by Danny Tate’s lawyer Michael Hoskins, was about $200,000.
Hoskins said Danny Tate is down to his last $10,000.
Paul Housch, the attorney who represented the songwriter’s brother David, filed a motion in court a few days after the hearing asking for a final payment of $25,000 for his legal fees, plus another $11,000 in expert witness and court reporter fees.
Housch is asking Judge Randy Kennedy to put a lien on Danny Tate's house in West Meade to ensure his bill is paid.
Housch is also asking for the balance of Danny Tate’s retirements account, about $7,000, as well as Tate’s quarterly royalty checks from BMI, about $23,000.
Hoskins said now that the conservatorship is dissolved, Danny Tate should get all his money back, then set up a payment plan for the outstanding legal fees. Hoskins says Danny Tate may have to file bankruptcy. He said he wants the judge to say no to the lien on Tate’s home.
"It doesn't make sense to legitimize taking somebody from $650,000 in capital and reducing them to homeless in the street and saying that's in the best interest of the ward," Hoskins said.
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