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Dawn Marie Bates-Buchanan

Estate planning Attorney at Venice, FL

5.0   11 reviews

also known as Bates-Buchanan & Savitsky Law Group, P.A.

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  • Licensed for 24 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1999
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Dawn

Learn Dawn’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Bankruptcy and debt
    I am certified in the Middle District of Florida (Ft. Myers to Orlando) to file Bankruptcy cases. I am specially trained in Chapter 13 Bankruptcy cases (and Ch. 7 soon), to file mortgage modifications and attend mediations. I am also certified as a mortgage modification mediator.

    15 years

  2. Estate planning
    I help people prepare wills, living will, healthcare surrogates, power of attorney, and trusts at a reasonable price. Check out our firms Pro Bono Animal Trust Project

    20 years

  3. Mediation
    I am a certified Circuit Civil and Family Law Mediator. I am also specially trained in foreclosure mediation and Mortgage Modification in Bankruptcy Mediation.

    14 years

  4. Probate
    I represent families who have lost loved ones in resolving all estate problems and filing with the Court if necessary.

    20 years

  5. Family
    I represent people who are victims of domestic violence in all areas of family law, Injunctions for Protection, Custody, Visitation, Child Support.

    27 years

  6. Power of attorney
    I prepare Durable Power of Attorney and other advance directives, as well as act as Durable Power of Attorney and managage estates paying bills and collecting payments, having taxes prepared.


I handle cases in Bankruptcy, Estate Planning, Probate, Trust Administration, 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 in Sarasota, Venice, Port Charlotte, and throughout the State of Florida.


I am an attorney with 25 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 Venice, Florida, but I also have a office in Bradenton. I live in Venice and my family still lives in a Venice and I went to high school in Venice and graduated in 1986. 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 dachshunds. 


I am married to Eddie Robert Buchanan, for 22 years and we have a beautiful daughter named Darian.


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Bates-Buchanan & Savitsky Law Group, P.A.
333 Tamiami Trail S
Suite 298
Venice, FL, 34285
Bates-Buchanan & Savitsky Law Group, P.A.
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Client's Choice 2012
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | September 29, 2011
Estate Planning
Ms. Bates-Buchanan was wonderful with me and all of questions about preparing a will, a trust, healthcare documents and was honest enough to tell me what I needed, what I didn't and did not charge me for what I did not need. I feel secure in knowning now that my assets are protected, that they will be given to the right people when I die and that I will be taken care of as well. I cannot thank her enough for her sweet ways and calm manner with me, and that she was always available to answer any question.
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Posted by Larry | October 11, 2011
Awesome Lawyer
If it wasn't for Dawn, I would not of made it through my divorce. Dawn gave me comfort, hope and a sence of not being controled by my spouse. She helped take some of the hurt away. I would never wish a divorce on any one. Also I would like to say thanks to Susanna Suvinskie, who recommened Dawn to me.
Posted by Chris | August 27, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly reliable expertise and lots of personal communication.
I would like to commend the Lady Lawyers at The Bates-Buchanan & Savitsky Law Groupfor their thorough and very professional services involving a complex trust dispute they handled for us. My brothers and I were the designated beneficiaries in a disputed trust in which we could have lost our substantial inheritance. We found Dawn to be exceptionally responsive to all our questions. All options were carefully explained to us in detail so that we could actively participate in the legal process. She was very timely in filing necessary motions and fought tenaciously for us, especially when we encountered a nasty defense lawyer. Susannah was also there for us during various proceedings and also earned our respect. My brothers and I had previously hired another law firm with a very expensive high rise office where we received only a small portion of the representation we got from The Lady Lawyers. Once we hired Bates-Buchanan & Savitsky we were never lost and always felt that we were in competent, caring hands with Dawn and Susannah. In the end we were successful in receiving our inheritance. We felt that without the strong representation from Bates-Buchanan & Savitsky we might have been horribly cheated by the trustee of our mother’s trust. We are sincerely grateful for their steady, capable hands and legal expertise. Chris M.
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Response from Dawn Bates-Buchanan September 15, 2020
Thank you for your kind words and I am glad that we were able to help you family through this difficult issue.
Posted by anonymous | October 16, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Probate Attorney
Dawn Marie was compassionate and helped me and my family through a difficult time and we were able to resolve our Mother’s estate quickly and efficiently.
Posted by Julie Wyant | September 8, 2014
Caring Law firm
Dawn Bates -Buchanan, Handled our very tricky child support case. She was very helpful and caring .She answered all my questions and genuinely wanted a good out come for us. Dawn is very trustworthy and her staff is great! I highly recommend her .
Posted by anonymous | August 20, 2014
Dissolution of Marriage
Ms. Bates-Buchanan did an excellent job. I needed someone that was knowledgable in dissolution of Marriage with a spouce going through bankruptcy. My case was handled professionally, and very expediently, (less than a month from signing of papers to final judgement! Wow!) The price was very reasonable and the office assistant, Renee, was very comforting and helpful. Everyone was very knowledgable and all questions were answered with accuracy and less than 24 hrs. I am very impressed. I would definately recommend this office. It is certainly my first go to and recommendation for all.
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Posted by Cynthia | August 19, 2014
Sets the Pace for Other Attorneys & Professionals!
I first enlisted her services 8 years ago and still use her today. She is very skilled in many areas of law. ethical, knowledgable and hardworking. Attorney Dawn Marie Bates-Buchanan breaks the stereotype and sets the pace for other attorneys and professionals!
Posted by anonymous | July 7, 2014
Dawn Marie Bates-Buchanan did a great job explaining what all I needed to do to change my will and establish a Trust. She is smart, peasant, very knowledgeable and her staff is top notch. I highlight recommend her..
Posted by anonymous | July 27, 2011
Takes on the tough cases
Ms. Buchanan always had patience with me. I had a tough family law case, which required many hearings, meetings with me and patience with me. Ms. Buchanan was compassionate, but honest enough to give me the real deal on what my options where and bring me back to reality when life was just too scary. Ms. Buchanan would take my calls and emails after hours and on weekends and would always be there for me. I know that she was sent from heaven to help me through my difficult time and save me from making terrible decisions and mistakes.
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Posted by anonymous | August 12, 2009
Dawn Marie Bates is a very committed attorney. This is not about making easy money. It’s about doing what is right and helping people in need. The greater the need the more dedicated she is. The most important thing about her is that she is patient, trustworthy and honest. She is not afraid to stand her ground for what she believes is right and true by the law. She will not compromise her client’s safety and she is not afraid of taking her case to trial if necessary. She has no problem explaining the law and how the legal system works to her clients and if she doesn't have the answer she also has not problem seeking advice from her colleagues. I trust her completely. I would recommend her for anyone seeking honest advice and attorney services. I also believe that some day she will make a great judge. She knows case law like I have never seen. She is the managing attorney for Gulf Coast legal in Bradenton Florida and has a wide range of knowledge of several areas of the law. She also helps with training intern Attorneys. I came to Dawn with a highly sensitive and emotional legal issue. She helped me through it with grace,legal knowledge and experience. I would recommend her for any legal issue. If she can’t help you she would most likely be able to refer you to someone who could.
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Posted by anonymous | August 10, 2009
DOM Client
Mrs. Buchanan represented me in a divorce case and I was very happy with her. My husband was in prison and there were difficulties in getting it all resolved. Mrs. Buchanan was always professional and took time to explain things to me.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 350-400 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Bates-Buchanan & Savitsky Law Group, P.A.
  • 2012 - Present
  • Contract Attorney
  • Gulfcoast Legal Services, Inc
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Owner/Managing Partner
  • Bates-Buchanan Law Group, P.A.
  • 2011 - 2012
  • 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
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  • Manatee Community College
  • A.S.
  • 1994
  • University of South Florida
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1991
  • Stetson University College of Law
  • law
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Bartlett
  • Judgment Reverse - Modification
  • Gordon
  • Chapter 7 - Discharge of Debts
  • Peterson
  • Establishment of Pet Trust and Estate Trust
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  • National Association of Consumer Advocates
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Manatee Children's Services
  • Board of Directors
  • 2006 - Present
  • Manatee Florida Association for Women Lawyers
  • Board of Directors
  • 2006 - Present
  • Florda Bar Housing Umbrella Group
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Florida Bar Consumer Umbrella Group
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Manatee County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 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
  • Manatee County Bar Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Family Law Advisory Group - Parenting Plan Committee
  • Parenting Plan Committee
  • 2008 - 2009
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Community Service Award
  • Manatee County Bar Association
  • 2010
  • President's Club - Volunteer Award
  • United Way of Manatee County
  • 2005


  • Woman's Quarterly
  • What to do if the home your renting is being foreclosed
  • 2009

Speaking Engagements

  • Region IV
  • Foreclosure Defense
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (15)
Given (8)
Endorse Dawn
Unknown Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Other
"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."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I first met Dawn through the Florida Association of Women Lawyers organization. Dawn is a conscientious hard working Attorney who cares about her clients and their well being."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Real estate Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dawn Bates-Buchanan is a very experienced and compassionate attorney. I would highly recommend her to anyone seeking legal advice in the areas of family, consumer, foreclosure and bankruptcy law, as well as those in need of a will or trust."
Family Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Foreclosure Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dawn is an aggressive advocate for her clients. Both in and out of the law, she is very actively involved with animals. In addition to the areas listed above, she handles animal cases and does pet trusts."
Family Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dawn truly cares about her clients and their often diffficult situations, and it shows in the way she practices law."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse Dawn because I have seen her go above and beyond to help her clients resolve their issues. She will work tirelessly to help her clients and she never backs down from a fight when necessary. She is an attorney because it is her calling, not because of the money, as evidenced by the endless pro bono work she has done. In addition to helping her clients, she is very generous with her knowledge and is always willing to help her fellow attorneys. She is the type of lawyer we all strive to be!"
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Dawn has been very helpful to me on an important project. I have a lot of trust and confidence in her abilities."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Bates-Buchanan is a tireless advocate, committed to her clients and to the practice of law. I appreciate her honesty, candor and zealous representation of indigent clients in our community."
General practice Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I consulted with her on several occasions and found her to be quite knowledgeable."
Family Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. She is very professional and very well verse in the areas of law she practices. She is an example to other Attorney's for her work helping low income families retain legal counsel."
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Venice Estate planning Lawyer Dawn Marie Bates-Buchanan
Dawn Marie Bates-Buchanan
Estate planning Attorney
Venice, FL
Licensed for 24 years
Virtual consultation available