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Anne grew up in Manatee County, Florida and has always served those in her community.  She has witnessed the devastation caused by failure of families to plan for long term care, disabilities and end of life.  Her goal is to make these life challenges easier to negotiate for the Senior as well as for the Senior’s family.  Having practiced law here since 1977, she practices Elder Law which includes probate and estates, estate planning, guardianships, wills, trusts, durable powers of attorney, advance directives, Medicaid planning and Special Needs Trusts.

Anne has been a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys since 1988 and she is a member of the Florida Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, as well as a member of their Elder Abuse Committee.  She is a member of the Florida Bar Association and part of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section.  Anne served on the Florida Bar’s Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee and on the Grievance Committee for the local circuit. She is a member of the Manatee County Bar Association, having been its treasurer for three years and is presently serving, again, as a board member. She was a founding member of the Manatee County Florida Association of Women Lawyers and served as its treasurer for two years.

In addition to her professional associations, Anne has stayed busy in her community.  She was a founding member and past Treasurer of the Junior League of Manatee County.  Anne was a founding member of the Board of PACE Center For Girls, Inc.  She served as its local board president and on its state board for several years. Anne has also served on the board of the Manatee Glens Corporation, a not-for-profit organization which provides mental health and substance abuse care to residents of Manatee County.


Anne has many interests.  She was a founding member of the Manatee County Council for the Arts and served as their president.  Due to her love of horses, Anne’s daughter’s both showed horses and were on the FSU Equestrian team.  Anne was a member of and provided legal assistance to the Florida Quarter Horse Association.  Anne is a member of Christ Episcopal Church and has served on the alter guild.





Practice areas


  1. Trusts: 25%
    38 years
  2. Wills & Living Wills: 25%
    38 years
  3. Elder Law: 25%
    23 years
  4. Probate: 15%
  5. Medicaid & Medicare: 10%
    23 years



Hourly ($250-350/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Donna Irvin Sobel

    I endorse this lawyer. I have known Anne Douglass for many years and have always found her to be an excellent attorney. As a sole practitioner, I never hesitate to seek her opinion on complex legal issues pertaining to my own areas of practice. She is an extremely capable lawyer and I never hesitate to refer clients to her for their guardianship needs. Anne's reputation in the legal community is stellar.


    Donna Sobel Elder Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

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    I endorse this lawyer. I have known Anne Sheffler Douglass for over twenty-five years and have worked with her on guardianship matters. Having referred my clients to her for their probate needs, I know of her skills dealing with complex matters.


    Paulette Pace
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Anne Sheffler Douglass Attorney At Law

4501 Manatee Ave. W #229
Bradenton, FL, 34209


FLMember in Good Standing197709/08/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Outgoing President AwardPace Center For Girls2004
Natural Resource Committee Manatee County’s Comprehensive PlanManatee County Planning Department1987
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Office of Anne Sheffler Douglass2001 - Present
Partner/AttorneyHarrison, Hendrickson, Douglass & Kirkland, PA1981 - 2001
Trust OfficerWestside National Bank, n/k/a US Trust/Bank of America Private Client Group1979 - 1981
AttorneyLaw Office of Robert H. Schulz1979 - 1979
Association namePosition nameDuration
Manatee County Bar AssociationBoard Member2014 - Present
Florida Association for Women LawyersTreasurer1988 - 1990
Manatee County Bar AssociationTreasurer1984 - 1987
Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate & Trust Law SectionMemberN/A
Florida Bar, Elder Law SectionMemberN/A
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola University New Orleans School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1977
Florida State UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1974
Northwestern UniversityGraduate Trust SchoolN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Women's Law DayEstate Planning1980