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Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Victims of Conservatorship Abuse in Tennessee Fight Back

Elderly peopleAs I have previously discussed, many people have made allegations of conservatorship abuse in Tennessee, including Jewell Tinnon and Danny Tate. Now these individuals are fighting back against the injustice that was done to them. Both Ms. Tinnon and Mr. Tate testified at a hearing about their individual conservatorship stories. Both explained how they were wrongly stripped of their possessions, even after they had shown the court that they did not lack the mental capacity to take care of themselves. Ms. Tinnon explained how all of her assets were sold. Mr. Tate testified that in the past week the last major asset that he owned was purchased by one of the lawyers that worked on his conservatorship. Both Ms. Tinnon and Mr. Tate were placed in conservatorship by Judge Randy Kennedy in Davidson County. However, the abuse in Tennessee is not limited to that county. There are also reported incidents in Wilson and Stewart County.

Retired General Session Judge Barry told the hearing that the problem with conservatorships in Tennessee is that judges are not following the law. He argued that if there was an outside source that could  monitor the situation, this might ensure that the law will be enforced.

See Walter F. Roche Jr., Witnesses' Tales Reveal Flaws in TN's Conservatorship Law, The Tennessean, Sept. 21, 2012.


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