Expedited Probate Docket Is An Initial Success

Over a month ago, Davidson County Trial Courts approved the establishment of an Expedited Probate Docket.  Judge Randy Kennedy and Presiding Judge Joe P. Binkley, Jr. jointly announced that due to the large and growing volume of cases filed in the Seventh Circuit Court; it has been determined to be in the best interest of the public and for the efficient administration of justice to establish and maintain an Expedited Probate Docket, as distinguished from the regular probate dockets.

Over 100 cases have been tried by Special Probate Master Jennifer Surber and Special Master John Manson who alternately preside over expedited dockets and conduct hearings on uncontested probate matters including name change petitions, small estate administrative proceedings, petitions to administer intestate estates, petitions to probate wills, codicils and other testamentary instruments.  

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Expedited Probate Docket Is An Initial Success

See Also:
TN: Conservator Jeanan Mills-Stuart and Judge Randy Kennedy

6 Responses to “Expedited Probate Docket Is An Initial Success”

  1. Thelma Says:

    And what about Kennedy? Why is he still on the bench?

  2. Debbie Says:

    Does "uncontested probate matters" include wards of the state who have no family or friends and aren't able to contest themselves?

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Any case that is heard by other ears than Judge Randy Kennedy, at least has a chance.

  4. Sue Says:

    Well this is good new bad news and my question is WHO will decide which cases are shoveled to expedited case section? You can be certain the cases with assets to be shared by the Level A pals of the probate court will be in Kennedy's courtroom. And good question, how is it that Kennedy is still a presence in that courthouse? Looks like a life long appointment by the former TN Governor talk about keeping it all in the 'family' – btw when is the next election? Anyone have a clue?

  5. StandUp Says:

    Boy do I agree with Anonymous!

  6. Anonymous Says:

    Debbie,every ward has the legal right to contest his or her guardianship but a verdict of incapacity renders most powerless and without knowledge and resources to contest. Developmentally disabled adults, minors and people under temporary guardianship have less to contest and more to gain from guardianship, such as state support and guaranteed rights subject to enforcement through mental health codes.

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