I handle cases in Estate Planning, Probate, Contracts (Collections of Debts/Defense of Collection of Debts), Landlord Tenant, Real Property (Sales, Foreclosure Defense), Family Law, Collaborative Family Law, Family Law Mediation and Bankruptcy, in Sarasota, Venice, Port Charlotte, and throughout the State of Florida.
I am an attorney with 20 years experience in preparing wills, trusts, healthcare living wills, powers of attorney, helping seniors and others with collections violations, contract violations, bankruptcy, foreclosure issues and probate. I am also a certified mediator in Circuit Civil and Family Law, with specific training in mortgage modification mediation in bankruptcy. I am also specially training in Collabrative Family Law, a confidential negotation based, non litigation type of family law.
My primary office is in Bradenton, Florida, but I also have a office in Venice, where I live, my family still lives and where I went to high school. I work in counties throughout the State of Florida, but usually work between Fort Myers and Tampa appearing in Manatee, Sarasota, Lee, Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough Counties.
I was born in Texas, but have lived my whole life in one part of Florida or another. I was raised in Venice, Florida, went college at University of South Florida, in Tampa and recieved a Bachelors degree in Criminology, Sociology and Child Psychcology and became a Guardian Ad Litem. I went to work for the 12th Judicial Circuit State Attorney's office and went back to school and became a certified legal assistant with a A.S. in Legal Assisting and national certification from NALA. I then worked for the 12th Judicial Circuit in the worthless check division for five years before being endorsed by Earl Moreland to go to law school. I was accepted and attended Stetson University College of Law from 1995-2008 where I earned my Juris Doctorate. I was admitted to the Florida Bar in October of 1999. While in law school i continued my community service as a Guardian Ad Litem and interned for the U.S. Attorney's office in Tampa, as well as for Judge Fleming in Pinellas County. After law school I worked for the 12th Judicial Circuit State Attorney's Office as an intern, but found a job working in Family Law with Central Florida Legal Services, Inc in Daytona Beach, Florida, which ultimately became Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, Inc. I was promoted to Family Law Unit Leader in my 4th year and Managing Attorney of the Daytona Beach office in my 5th year. I moved to Bradenton, Florida to be closer to my family that still lived in Venice in February of 2006 and became Managing Attorney of Gulfcoast Legal Services, Inc, Bradenton Office where a specialized in elder law, which included estate planning, bankruptcy, foreclosure defense and consumer defense law.
I am animal advocate and often foster dogs, along with raising and caring for my five dachshunds and American Bulldog.
I am married to Eddie Robert Buchanan, for 16 years and although we are unable to have children together, he has four children from a previous marriage, I care deeply for.
Licensed since 1999
Hourly ($150-300/hour), Fixed (Sometimes)
Cash, Check, Credit Card
Dawn Marie Bates-Buchanan provides excellent representation for clients in need of bankruptcy and debt assistance. Her compassion and dedication to the underprivileged has been displayed consistently in her career. I strongly endorse her.
Amy Kenyon Bankruptcy & Debt Attorney
|FL||Member in Good Standing||1999||05/07/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Community Service Award||Manatee County Bar Association||2010|
|President's Club - Volunteer Award||United Way of Manatee County||2005|
|Managing Partner||Bates-Buchanan & Savitsky Law Group, P.A.||2012 - Present|
|Owner/Managing Partner||Bates-Buchanan Law Group, P.A.||2011 - 2012|
|Contract Attorney||Gulfcoast Legal Services, Inc||2011 - 2011|
|Managing Attorney - Bradenton||Gulfcoast Legal Services, inc||2006 - 2011|
|Managing Attorney||Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, Inc.||1999 - 2006|
|Associate||12th Judicial Circuit State Attorney's Office||1998 - 1998|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Manatee County Bar Association||Board of Directors||2010 - 2012|
|Family Law Advisory Group - Parenting Plan Committee||Parenting Plan Committee||2008 - 2009|
|National Association of Consumer Advocates||Member||2008 - Present|
|Manatee Children's Services||Board of Directors||2006 - Present|
|Manatee County Bar Association, Family Law Section||Member||2006 - Present|
|Florida Bar Consumer Umbrella Group||Member||2006 - Present|
|Florda Bar Housing Umbrella Group||Member||2006 - Present|
|Manatee Florida Association for Women Lawyers||Board of Directors||2006 - Present|
|Association of Trial Lawyers of America||Member||2000 - Present|
|Florida Bar Family Law Umbrella Group||Member||1999 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||1999 - Present|
|National Association of Legal Assistants||Member||1991 - Present|
|Woman's Quarterly||What to do if the home your renting is being foreclosed||2009|
|Manatee Community College||Legal Assisting||A.S.||1994|
|University of South Florida||Criminology, Sociology and Child Psychology||BS - Bachelor of Science||1991|
|Stetson University College of Law||N/A||law||N/A|
|Region IV||Foreclosure Defense||2010|