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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Sad Song of Danny Tate

Estate DisputeAs I have previously discussed numerous times, Mr. Danny Tate has been the victim of conservatorship abuse in Davidson County, Tennessee. His story is quite long and unique; the number of incidents display how far abuse has gone in Tennessee. His conservatorship began with fraudulent action on the part of David Tate. Mr. Tate alleged that he had a durable general power of attorney over Danny Tate, which means that in the event of incapacitation he would be nominated to service as Danny Tate's conservator. He used this to gain control of the estate so that he could gain control of Danny Tate's assets. From that moment, Danny has fought his conservatorship. Finally in May of 2010, Danny received his day in court. Unfortunately, it was more of a spectacle and Tate was not actually released from his conservatorship. 

Even though the judge claimed that Tate was released from her conservatorship, he still has fought to regain his property and protect his assets. During the time, he incurred about $150,000 in debt from the attorney who served as his conservator. As I have previously discussed, Danny's house was placed up for auction to pay his legal bills. In the end, his attorney, Paul Housch, purchased Danny Tate's house.

See Lou Ann Anderson, The Financial Flogging of Nashville Songwriter Danny Tate, Examiner.com, Sept. 26, 2012.

Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this blog to my attention.


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