Sister becomes guardian of Nashville woman

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A probate court judge in Nashville has approved a change in conservators after a court-appointed guardian charged nearly $1,000 to take a woman to a Christmas concert.

According to The Tennessean, Davidson County Probate Court Judge David Randy Kennedy conducted a brief hearing Wednesday and allowed the sister of Marlene Spalding to become her guardian.

Records show Public Guardian Jeanan Mills Stuart billed Spalding's estate $192.22 per hour for legal services, regardless of the service performed. In addition to taking Spalding to a performance of "The Messiah," the fee was applied to a shopping trip.

Myra Whitaker was approved to take oversight of her sister's affairs and will not charge fees.

She previously was Spalding's guardian but had to relinquish the duties while her husband recovered from an illness.

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