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Kathryn Ann Hathaway

Probate Attorney at Tallahassee, FL

5.0   8 reviews
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  • Licensed for 37 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1986
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Kathryn

Learn Kathryn’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Probate
    Probate, estates, trust administration

    37 years

  2. Bankruptcy and debt
    Chapter 7 and Chapter 13,

    37 years

  3. Estate planning
    Wills, Revocable Trusts, Living Wills, Health Care Surrogates, HIPAA Releases, Pre-Need Guardianship designations, Special Needs Trusts, Trusts for Minors, Medicaid Trusts

    37 years


Growing up in Chicago, some of my favorite family stories were of my Great Aunt Bert, the Lawyer.  Albertine Hathaway was born in the 1870s, passed the Illinois State Bar in 1903 and died 6 months before I was born.  By all accounts she was quite a character.  Deep inside I always wanted to be like her:  a lawyer and a character.  I prepared for my role as character by earning my B.A. in Vocal Performance.  Upon graduation in 1975, I toured with a national touring company of “1776”.  In 1978, realizing that I had to eat and feed my child, I gravitated naturally to the legal field, starting as a receptionist in a Boca Raton law firm and rising to paralegal.  I was encouraged by my employers to go to law school, so I headed to Tallahassee with my 6 year old son in tow for law school and graduated in 1986.

My career goal was always to have a small private practice serving real people, helping them solve real problems.  Over the years I have created an environment where I can serve clients my way:  with excellence, imagination and compassion.  After all these years, I’m still excited to come to work in the morning.  I love what I do.

My partner, attorney Wayne Sprague, and I bring our cats Boris and Natasha Badenov to work each day – therapy cats for the clients, staff and attorneys.  We work hard to make sure the we find the best possible outcomes for clients who find themselves in frightening and unfamiliar situations.  We enjoy helping our clients develop a picture of a better way of living on the other side of the current legal challenge.  Over the past 25 years, I have helped thousands of clients work through legal challenges and find a better life on the other side.

I like to think Aunt Bert would be proud.


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Posted by Ryan | June 15, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very knowledgable and helpful
I consulted her on an issue that I have been unable to resolve for over 20 years of effort. She provided insight that was invaluable and helped me through a very difficult period. She knew my particular situation better than I knew my own.
Posted by Tara Brogdon (Lovel) | October 16, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
For a very busy woman, Ms. Hathaway treated me like I was her closest friend and only client. She worked with me on making payments while still starting the bankruptcy process. I recommend her to EVERYONE I come across who is looking for a bankruptcy attorney.... She is the BEST!!
Response from Kathryn Hathaway August 29, 2020
Thank you Tara Lovell - you are one of my very favorite clients! I appreciate your review. They do help other people who need me, find me!
Posted by Jonathan | June 23, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highly Recommended
I am happy to recommend Kathryn Hathaway. She was professional, prompt and compassionate in all legal counsel provided. She took the time to listen carefully to my situation and made smart recommendations that addressed my issues efficiently. I felt that Kathryn was focussed on what was best for me. I am very comfortable in recommending Kathryn Hathaway at Hathaway Sprague Law.
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Posted by Janice | February 3, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Get the best
Being in my early 60's I really didn't want to file bankruptcy, because of the thought I probably wouldn't have credit the rest of my life. But, I just couldn't see my way off the sinking ship, so I contacted Kathryn to see what my options were. Bankruptcy was pretty much my only option to ever see daylight, so we jumped into it together. She told me I would have to work hard at this, but she'd seen worse cases and thought one day my credit would be back. I followed all her advice, working on all the classes she offered. That was 4 yrs ago, and last September I wanted to move from an apartment complex that was charging me a fortune, so I looked into buying a home. I hadn't applied for any credit cards, just a used car which I got, but I never asked anyone what my credit score was. When I applied for a home loan - HOLY MOSES - they told me it was 702, and I was eligible for up to $180K in a home loan. Of course, I'm not spending any $180K, I learned my lesson well, but wow, I was actually eligible for that amount, and only 4 yrs after my bankruptcy. So I did buy a house and I pay $400 less per month on the mortgage than I would've been paying for my rental. It was a no brainer in my mind. When I filed for the loan I needed to show the mortgage company all the bankruptcy papers, and sure enough I called the office and they emailed everything to me. I can't tell anyone enough to just listen to Kathryn and follow her steps - and you can do it too. Her and her staff are the pros on the block. Don't settle for second best. She's truly second to none.
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Posted by anonymous | August 7, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Professional Yet Down To Earth
I was so nervous about the bankruptcy I have filed. Kathryn Hathaway and Tara were so pleasant to work with. They both made me feel like I'm somebody, when I felt like a nobody during a difficult time. I will recommend them to anyone that is in need of their help and guidance. Thank you Kathryn Hathaway for caring about your clients and what you do for them on a daily basis. It was great to find out you are in your profession because you truly care, not just to make a living. I know Aunt Bert, amongst many others, is very proud of you.
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Posted by Lauren | May 2, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Kathryn was a breath of fresh air
I had a very messy estate to close complete with an IRS property lien. I had to terminate my previous lawyer and Kathryn was a breath of fresh air. She pointed me in the right direction for all issues and every detail was taken care of. I trust her wholeheartedly and I'm so glad it's over!
Response from Kathryn Hathaway July 18, 2017
Thank you so much for the nice review. I really enjoyed working with you and your family and I'm so glad we could conclude the case to your satisfaction. Kathryn
Posted by anonymous | April 14, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best.
Kathryn went way above and way beyond what could reasonably been expected of her. She rescued me from a terrible financial mess. She went to court, she wrestled with the banks, she spent hours solving the problem I created by my lack of action sooner. She saved my home. She saved my life. I will be great full until the day I die. If you need help you need to be in her office. Respectfully, Wayne. D
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Response from Kathryn Hathaway April 19, 2017
Thank you so much. I'm glad we were able to get a good result for you! Good luck in all future endeavors!
Posted by Dave | April 13, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome guidance through estate probate
I knew the first contact these were the perfect folks for my sister and I to work with. The entire staff is knowledgeable and professional. Kathryn walked us painless through the entire process. Tara was vigilant in providing support as well.
Response from Kathryn Hathaway April 19, 2017
Dave - thank you so much for your kind words. You and your sister were delightful clients and I wish you the best. Kathryn
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AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Hathaway Sprague Law, P.A.
  • 1991 - Present
  • Shareholder
  • Law Office of Kathryn A. Hathaway
  • 1991 - 1996


  • Florida State University College of Law
  • 1986
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1975


  • The Florida Bar, Sections on Business and Small Practice Management
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Northern District of Florida Bankruptcy Bar Association
  • Secretary
  • 2002 - 2003
  • Northern District of Florida Bankruptcy Bar Association
  • President
  • 2001 - 2002
  • Northern District of Florida Bankruptcy Bar Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2000 - 2003
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Board Certified - Consumer Bankruptcy
  • American Board of Certification
  • 2014
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (4)
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Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Kathryn Hathaway. She makes it her mission to help her clients through the financial and emotional turmoil of bankruptcy and to rise like the Phoenix. She is not only an excellent attorney, but also is generous and caring person who is genuinely concerned about the well being of her clients."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Nov 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Kathryn represents debtors in bankruptcy cases, I represent creditors, and we have both done this for many years. In the numerous cases we have had together, Kathryn has always been well prepared, accessible, and a pleasure to deal with, even in adversarial situations. I would highly recommend her to anyone seeking competent counsel in consumer bankruptcy cases."
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is diligent, persistent, caring, and an excellent attorney."
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kathryn Hathaway is the lawyer I send my own clients to when they need a bankruptcy expert. I’ve been sending them to her for years, and I receive no compensation for this; I do it because Kathryn is the best. I represent victims of employment discrimination; many have been wrongfully fired, are at risk of losing everything, and must consider bankruptcy as an option. It is a deeply-emotional time, and they need someone who’s part counselor, part therapist, and an expert in bankruptcy law. The feedback I get from my own clients is extremely positive. Kathryn wonderfully walks you through the entire process - how it works, what it does, and how to successfully move forward. She is there every step of the way. For me, the ideal bankruptcy lawyer provides both expert guidance and peace of mind. For people in financial distress, Kathryn is solid gold – the best in her field, well-known by the legal community and highly-respected by judges."
Employment and labor
Chapter 13 bankruptcy