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

Friday, June 27, 2014

Tennessee Probate Scandal Continues

GavelAs I have previously discussed, Tennessee attorney John E. Clemmons is serving a prison term after admitting to stealing $1.3 million from conservatorship clients. Now, Paul Gontarek, the victim’s court-appointed attorney, is suing the Metro government claiming that the probate master negligently failed to monitor the reports filed, and not filed, by Clemmons. The government is claiming immunity from the claims and asking for dismissal of the case. The family of one of the victim’s is calling for criminal charges to be brought, claiming that they believe the failures by the probate court was not negligent, but criminal in nature.

See Walter F. Roche Jr., Metro Sued in Probate Court Scandal, The Tennessean, June 19, 2014.

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


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