Judge suspends conservator over fee amounts

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Davidson County Probate Court judge has permanently suspended a public guardian, citing fees she charged her clients.

Judge Randy Kennedy sent a letter to members of the Metro Nashville Council, saying most conservatorship cases handled by Jeanan Mills Stuart were done properly. The Tennessean reported, however, that Kennedy acknowledged even the perception that some clients were charged excessive fees is inexcusable.

Stuart submitted a letter of resignation.

An analysis of records by the newspaper showed Stuart had charged legal fees of $200 to $225 per hour to take wards shopping, sorting their clothing and running errands for them. In one case, she submitted a $1,200 bill to take a ward shopping.

Kennedy recommended Stuart for the post, which was confirmed by the Council.

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