Category: Commentary

Musician Danny Tate’s conservatorship brings scrutinization of probate issue

Probate abuse is often aided by quiet proceedings occurring away from watchful eyes and sometimes without knowledge of even the most affected parties.  The conservatorship (or guardianship) of Nashville musician Danny Tate started this way, but a wave of public scrutiny might soon change the tone, even provide a new infusion of “justice” when the Keep Reading…


TX Senate committee hears of guardianships hijacking civil liberties, property

Texas guardianship abuse became a topic of significant discussion at a May 12 Senate Health and Human Services committee hearing.  Within the committee interim charge to “explore strategies to support the needs of aging Texans,” the hearing, chaired by Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound), also allowed testimony on “the guardianship program implemented by the Department Keep Reading…


Anna Nicole Smith auction generates tv and sympathy

Recent Today Show segments featuring Larry Birkhead and 3-year-old daughter Dannielynn seemed to be launching a new campaign that appears an attempt to deflect the latest legal blows suffered by the estate of Anna Nicole Smith in the pursuit of assets from the estate of J. Howard Marshall II. A March ruling by a U.S. Keep Reading…


Musician Danny Tate shows ‘fight for your life’ aspect of Nashville (and other) probate courts

Probate court isn’t viewed as a common locale for the fight of a lifetime, but the conservatorship (also known as guardianship) imposed on Nashville musician Danny Tate by Davidson County Probate Judge Randy Kennedy is becoming a prominent example of the power wielded by these often quiet and seemingly unobtrusive legal venues. In October 2007, Keep Reading…


‘Free Danny Tate’ brings internet activism to Nashville dispute over questionable conservatorship

Probate courts’ power is often overlooked and underestimated.  Unbeknownst to many, this status generates opportunity to quietly defend or destroy the personal liberty and/or property rights of those coming before such venues.  Folks associated with the conservatorship (called guardianship in other states) over Nashville musician Danny Tate would likely have preferred minimized visibility of their Keep Reading…

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