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I am often asked what influenced my decision to practice in the area of Elder Law.  The answer is very simple.  In 1990, my 80 year old father suffered a devastating stroke that left him unable to move, speak, swallow, or think.  Prior to this stroke, my father had refused to consider the fact of his own mortality.  He had neither planned for a possible incapacity, nor for his eventual death.  Because he had no advance directive regarding the administration or withdrawal of life-prolonging procedures, he was placed on a feeding tube and transferred to a nursing home.  At that time, I was working as in-house counsel for a bank and had no idea how to go about helping my parents with their elder law issues.  I made it my goal to become not only educated, but proficient, in this vitally important legal practice area.


In 1991, I left the bank and opened my own practice, concentrating exclusively in the areas of Elder Law, Estate Planning, and Probate, in order to assist others who, like my own parents, need help navigating through difficult and emotionally charged issues.  Over the past 20 years, it has been my privilege to meet and help thousands of local families who felt overwhelmed when faced with nursing home expenses and the problems of meeting the needs of their loved ones who were in situations similar to that of my father.  I take pride in providing solutions to the problems of seniors and their families in a competent and caring manner.


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Practice areas


  1. Elder Law: 50%
    33 years
  2. Probate: 20%
    33 years
  3. Estate Planning: 20%
    33 years
  4. Trusts: 10%
    33 years



Hourly ($250-350/hour), Fixed (always), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

3 total 

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  • Mary Alice Jackson

    I endorse this lawyer. Donna is a thorough and caring practitioner and is a pleasure to work with when the need arises. She is always available for conversation and cares about her clients and their welfare.


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  • Anne Sheffler Douglass

    Donna is an excellent attorney and has been very helpful to me over the years. She truly cares about her clients.


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Contact info

4900 Manatee Ave. W., Suite 206
Bradenton, FL, 34209


FLMember in Good Standing198306/21/2016
GAActive Member in Good Standing 198207/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyDONNA IRVIN SOBEL, P.A.1991 - Present
Legal CounselGold Dome Savings Bank1985 - 1991
Association namePosition nameDuration
Department of Veterans AffairsAccredited Attorney2009 - Present
Manatee County Estate Planning CounselMember2000 - Present
The Florida BarBoard Certified as an Expert in Elder Law1983 - Present
The Georgia State BarMember1982 - Present
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)MemberN/A
The Academy of Florida Elder Law AttorneysMemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Emory University School of LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Anna Maria Island Rotary ClubLiving Wills and Health Care Surrogates2011
Anna Maria Island Rotary ClubProtecting the Future of our Seniors2011
Meals-On-Wheels PlusDurable Powers of Attorneys2010
Freedom Village Free SeminarDispelling Medicaid Myths2010
Senior NeedsEstate and Medicaid Planning Considerations2009
Meals-On-Wheels PlusMeeting the Changing Needs of Seniors2009
Manatee County Estate Planning CounselDurable Powers of Attorney for Medicaid Planning Purposes2009
Alzheimers Association of Sarasota-ManateeMedicaid Eligibility Planning2009