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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.


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Practice areas


  1. Mediation: 25%
    6 years
  2. Probate: 20%
    12 years
  3. Bankruptcy: 20%
    7 years
  4. Estate Planning: 20%
    12 years
  5. Family: 15%
    19 years



Hourly ($150-300/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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    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.


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Contact info

Bates-Buchanan & Savitsky Law Group, P.A.

1531 S Tamiami Trail
Suite 703A5
Venice, FL, 34293

Bates-Buchanan & Savitsky Law Group, P.A.

333 6th Ave W
Bradenton, FL, 34205



FLMember in Good Standing199906/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Community Service AwardManatee County Bar Association2010
President's Club - Volunteer AwardUnited Way of Manatee County2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerBates-Buchanan & Savitsky Law Group, P.A.2012 - Present
Owner/Managing PartnerBates-Buchanan Law Group, P.A.2011 - 2012
Contract AttorneyGulfcoast Legal Services, Inc2011 - 2011
Managing Attorney - BradentonGulfcoast Legal Services, inc2006 - 2011
Managing AttorneyCommunity Legal Services of Mid-Florida, Inc.1999 - 2006
Associate12th Judicial Circuit State Attorney's Office1998 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Consumer AdvocatesMember2008 - Present
Manatee Children's ServicesBoard of Directors2006 - Present
Manatee County Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2006 - Present
Florida Bar Consumer Umbrella GroupMember2006 - Present
Florda Bar Housing Umbrella GroupMember2006 - Present
Manatee Florida Association for Women LawyersBoard of Directors2006 - Present
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMember2000 - Present
Florida Bar Family Law Umbrella GroupMember1999 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
National Association of Legal AssistantsMember1991 - Present
Manatee County Bar AssociationBoard of Directors2010 - 2012
Family Law Advisory Group - Parenting Plan CommitteeParenting Plan Committee2008 - 2009
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
TorresSettlement with Court Intervention
BartlettJudgment Reverse - Modification
GordonChapter 7 - Discharge of Debts
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Publication nameTitleDate
Woman's QuarterlyWhat to do if the home your renting is being foreclosed2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Manatee Community CollegeLegal AssistingA.S.1994
University of South FloridaCriminology, Sociology and Child PsychologyBS - Bachelor of Science1991
Stetson University College of LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Region IVForeclosure Defense2010