Monday, May 2, 2016

Songwriter's Home Up for Sale at Steep Increase

By Walter F. Roche Jr.

The Belle Meade home that songwriter Danny Tate lost in the midst of his battle to get out of a court-ordered conservatorship is now on the market for more than five times the amount his one-time lawyer paid for it in 2012.

The 3-bedroom home at 5909 Old Harding Pike is being advertised for $649,900 by local real estate agents.

Tate's one-time lawyer Michael Hoskins of Nashville purchased the home in September of 2012 at a court ordered auction. The sale had been ordered to pay off, at least in part, Tate's legal bills amassed in his years-long battle to end his conservatorship.

Michael Hoskins
Hoskins is still seeking to collect the remainder of his fees but his efforts were stalled when Tate filed for bankruptcy in federal court in Kentucky.

Hoskins and Nashville attorney Paul Housch were the only bidders at the Sept. 18, 2012 auction for Tate's house held on the steps of the Nashville courthouse. Housch was also seeking payment for legal services at the time.

Hoskins did not respond to questions about the sale.

The advertisement for Tate's former home lists its three bedrooms and 2.5 baths and a .84 acre lot.

The one-floor home has 2,801 square feet. The property is assessed for $232,100, according to Metro records.

Tate was placed in a conservatorship without his knowledge after his brother filed an emergency petition in Davidson Probate Court on Oct. 19, 2007.

Tate said he learned that his former home was up for sale when he drove by it recently and saw a for sale sign.

Tate has disputed the legal fees assessed against him during and after the conservatorship and filed a complaint against Hoskins with the state board that licenses attorneys.

Tate was one of several witnesses to testify at a series of hearings conducted by the Tennessee Bar Association on problems with the handling of conservatorships in Tennessee. The hearings led to a several amendments to the law, with many of the changes focused on emergency petitions like the one filed against Tate.

A noted songwriter, Tate has also seen the royalties from his songs tied up in litigation stemming from the conservatorship. Hoskins was seeking to attach those same royalties when the bankruptcy case was filed.

Davidson Assessor


  • Map & Parcel: 129 04 0 076.00
  • Location: 5909 OLD HARDING PIKE 
  • Current Owner: HOSKINS, MICHAEL G.
  • Mailing Address: 5909 OLD HARDING PIKE, NASHVILLE, TN 37205
  • Legal Description: LOT 1 LONGVIEW SUB
  • Tax District: USD   View Tax Record
  • Assessment Classification*: RES
  • Legal Reference: 20151001-0099719  View Deed
  • Sale Date: 09/22/2015
  • Sale Price: $0


Full Article & Source:
Songwriter's Home Up for Sale at Steep Increase

See Also:
Danny Tate

Danny Tate's Home Auctioned Off --- to his Former Lawyer!


Claire said...

Didn't Hoskins say he would sell the home back to Danny at the same price he bought it for? Changed his tune?

StandUp said...

The guardianship was supposedly put in place to protect Danny. And what did it do? It bankrupted him and harmed in ways we probably don't even know. Those who took advantage of him under the guise of protection should be prosecuted. Shame on Hoskins and Housch.

Mark said...

It's criminal what the probate court did to this man.

Anonymous said...

These people have no shame. Isn't it bad enough what they did to their ward without this blantant profit from it? They make my stomach churn.

Rachel said...

This lawyer gives all lawyers a bad name. Thank you NASGA for continuing to report on the Danny Tate case. I followed it back in 2010 and you have been there all along raising awareness for him. Bless you and your work.

Vanessa said...

I would think Hoskins buying Tate's home would be a conflict of interest. But of course, Tate would have to have a lawyer to pursue it. There's the rub.