NASHVILLE, Tennessee — 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 (http://tnne.ws/13LjuY1 ) 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.
Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com