IN RE: CONSERVATORSHIP OF LEAH ANGELIQUE THOMAS - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Oct 3, 2012

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Christina M. Burdette, Germantown, Tennessee, for the appellant, Cathey J. Tillman, Conservator

Attorneys 2: Audrey J. Grossman, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellee, Ronald Marvell Thomas

Judge(s): HIGHERS

The probate court appointed a conservator for a disabled young adult. The court awarded attorney’s fees to the petitioner who was appointed as conservator, and to the guardian ad litem, to be paid from the estate of the disabled ward. The court also ordered that another party, who originally sought to be appointed as conservator but withdrew his petition before the hearing, would likewise receive an award of attorney’s fees to be paid from the estate of the ward. The conservator appeals, arguing that the probate court lacked the authority to make such an award to the party who withdrew his petition. We agree, and therefore, we reverse the award of attorney’s fees and remand for further proceedings.

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