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3 P.M. CST, May 31, 2010
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Musician Danny Tate freed from conservatorship, assets still targeted in Nashville probate court
Nashville, TN, May 31 2010: Davidson County (TN) Circuit Court Judge Randy Kennedy’s ruled May 24th that the Nashville musician Danny Tate was free from a conservatorship for the first time in nearly three years and has the ability to control his assets, enter into contracts and even accept or reject medical treatment. The courtroom was full of supporters from around, but Tate’s victory may be short-lived, perhaps even premature to call, based upon court documents filed in recent days by attorney Paul T. Housch on behalf of himself and Tate’s brother David, the now former conservator.
Probate abuse is often perpetrated through the use of legal instruments such as wills, trusts, guardianships (called conservatorships in some states) or powers of attorney. Many observers view the Tate conservatorship case as a prime example of this abuse which, in its most extreme form, is a hijacking of a person’s personal freedom and property rights.
Danny Tate’s assets once exceeded $600,000, but have largely been depleted during the conservatorship. Michael Hoskins, Danny Tate’s attorney, told the Associated Press that he plans to fight attempts to sell the songwriter’s house in order to pay legal fees. Tate’s royalty payments were set up as targeted funds at the May 24 hearing when attorney Housch informed the judge that “as far as expenses, court reporter, things of that nature, there’s going to be a lack of funds, cash funds right now, to pay those. There are BMI funds available, coming in June.” Based on recent court filings, these assets along with others are now being sought by David Tate and Housch as part of “winding down” the conservatorship they initiated against Danny Tate.
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