Citing concerns over the cost and expense of conservatorships, Davidson County Probate Judge David Randy Kennedy has instituted new review procedures for fee requests from attorneys and others involved in such cases.
Kennedy has informed attorneys appearing in his court on conservatorship cases that he will no longer approve fee requests on the same day they are submitted, as has been a longtime Friday morning tradition.
Instead, Kennedy said, unopposed fee requests will be held for at least three days “to allow the court a greater period of time to examine and scrutinize all such unopposed motions.”
According to an announcement issued this week, Kennedy’s counterparts in Memphis and Chattanooga have instituted similar new procedures.
Kennedy also disclosed that he is continuing his review of fee requests submitted by Davidson County Public Guardian Jeanan Mills Stuart.
In a letter to members of Metro Council, Kennedy said that he had completed a review of 30 of Stuart’s active case files and “have found no irregularities in those cases.”
“A complete report will be provided to you and to all parties of interest once the review has been finished,” Kennedy wrote.
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Probate Judge Says He Will Step Up Review of Lawyer Fees