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Richard Frank Dawahare

Elder law Attorney at Lexington, KY

5.0   14 reviews
  • Licensed for 44 years
    State KY
    Acquired 1979
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Richard

Learn Richard’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Elder law
    Protection planning options for seniors: Powers of Attorney for financial and health care; Guardianship/Conservatorship counseling.

    15 years, 100 cases

  2. Family
    Adoptions, Divorce, child protection and child custody; Family conflict resolution; Elder care--guardianship/conservatorship counseling.

    15 years, 300 cases

  3. Probate
    Here to help you efficiently and effectively administer the probate process: document prep, court appearances, beneficiary and creditor communications, asset identification and distribution according to the testator's wishes and filing the final settlement.

    15 years, 25 cases

  4. Wills and living wills
    Legacy planning is often emotional and confusing. We will help clarify issues, define goals, then develop ideal options for best achieving your goals, including Wills, Powers of Attorney, Trusts and Living Wills.

    15 years, 50 cases


I bring a lifetime of real-world experience on the issues that may be confronting you. Do you have aging parents who can no longer care for themselves and need a Power of Attorney or maybe even Guardianship? I've been there. Feeling the need to create a Willand other life/estate planning documents, or needing help with Probate administration? Perhaps you have a family issue, or you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident. Maybe you’re a Veteran who needs to appeal a denial of disability benefits. Have your Civil Rights been violated? Whatever you’re facing you need to discuss your options and chart a clear path forward. I can help.


For Families, Children, Elders, Veterans and YOU!
Give me a call and we can talk about it. And relax, initial consultations are free!

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Richard Frank Dawahare
P.O. Box 910804
Lexington, KY, 40591-0804


5.0 / 5.0
  14 customer reviews
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Posted by Dan | January 28, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
Richard was a great representative through the probate and estate process. He was also a consummate gentleman. I would highly recommend Richard for your legal needs.
Posted by David | January 27, 2023
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Richard was a blessing to work with our court case. He is detail oriented and has a good calming demeanor which helped us get through a stressful time. He follows up and gives good advice. I would recommend him to others in need of good representation.
Posted by anonymous | October 24, 2020
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Posted by Christine | October 5, 2020
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Fantastic Probate Lawyer
Richard did a fantastic job in my Mother’s Probate...he is exceptional in a very emotional situation! He did the case very efficiently without any added hours and was extremely upfront about what he thought the hours would be. God willing I don’t need him again but I appreciate his work!
Posted by Thomas | October 1, 2019
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Help with wills
Helped us prepare wills, living wills, and durable power-of-attorney. Careful and thorough!
Posted by Kimberly | August 7, 2019
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Class Act
Richard helped me navigate when I was quickly put into a position to protect and care for a very ill family member. He established Emergency Guardianship and later Permanent Guardianship for our loved one who has Early Onset Alzheimer’s. He walked me through every twist and turn of the entire legal process. . He also applied for and won a Veterans claim for my father which helps tremendously with paying for his long term care facility. He also helped with the legalities of selling my fathers property. In all fairness, I couldn't have done what I did for dad without his guidance. I’m confident that our situation wouldn’t have ended as well as it did without Mr. Dawahare.
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Posted by Catherine | June 26, 2015
Thank you Richard!!
Richard has been a blessing to myself and my family. He has professionally and compassionately guided us through Guardianship, court appearances and Probate issues. Thank you Richard!!
Posted by Jackie | June 15, 2015
A Great Attorney!
Richard is always very helpful. He is very knowledgeable, courteous, and delivers on time. He is more than willing to work with the client to fine-tune more complicated requests.
Posted by Keith | June 14, 2015
Will, Living Will, and Power of Attorney
Richard did a great job in developing Wills, Living Wills, and Power of Attorney for my wife and me. He used a clear method in determining the necessary information he needed us to provide. He brought up alternatives when something we might have thought would create issues or challenges for our executor or heirs. I would recommend Richard to anyone looking for this type of legal work.
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Posted by Stan | June 13, 2015
Trusted, knowledgeable, kind legal services
I've know Richard since college. His compassionate approach to assisting others accounts for his success over the years. Never have I encountered a lawyer with such passion for helping folks manage their way through life's challenges. I strongly recommend Richard to anyone needing legal assistance. Sincerely, Stan
Posted by Deborah | June 12, 2015
Very Satisfactory Legal Representation
Mr. Dawahare was contracted by my brother for a family matter, that is how I became associated with him. He was very good working with my brother who has a disability. He was kind and patient with my brother which gained a lot of respect from me. He always promptly answered or returned phone calls, was helpful and always answered questions. I was very pleased the way my brother was represented. He (Mr. Dawahare) is a nice and respectful person, and the matter he was involved with had a very good outcome.
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Posted by anonymous | June 12, 2015
Champion for Kids
Richard worked with our family on a sensitive and extensive family court case. Richard checked and rechecked information, made every contact on time, kept his communications with all parties neutral and professional, was in court for each hearing without delay, and was a champion for my child. When he handed over his business card it was not for me, but for my child to keep in case it was ever needed in the future. This small gesture was empowering and endearing at the same time. I cannot say enough about the work Richard did and how he pulled answers from years of paperwork and files is still a mystery to me. Our family will be forever grateful to Richard for his commitment to our case and most importantly to the young person that will never forget him.
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Posted by Matt | June 11, 2015
Excellent Service
Richard has helped us with two adoptions. One adoption was for my step daughter and the other for two foster children. Richard is such a kind and genuine man, and always eager to get what you need taken care of. Not only did he keep us informed, but also helped to guide us in what we needed to do next. He managed to get our paperwork completed promptly and was always ready for the next step. He was extremely flexible with the meetings, locations, and appointment times. The process moved along smoothly and was completed quicker than the state said they generally take! I'm very proud to have Richard Dawahare as my lawyer and would recommend him to anyone. Not only will he get the job done, but you'll see he actually cares!
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Posted by anonymous | June 10, 2015
The Best Choice
Richard was such a blessing. He was gracious and considerate. He was always helpful and a pleasure to work with in regards to my case. I would definitely recommend him as a lawyer in his field of work.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 8.2 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Richard F. Dawahare, Esq.
  • 2008 - Present
  • Merchandise manager
  • Dawahare's
  • 1982 - 2008
  • Buyer
  • Macy's, Inc.
  • 1980 - 1982


  • University of Kentucky College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1979
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville (main)
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1976

Sample of Legal Cases

  • D.O. v. Glisson, 846 F.3d 374 (6th Cir. 2017), cert. denied, 138 S.Ct. 316 (2017)
  • WON. The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously held that Title IV-E of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. § 670 et. seq., confers an individual right to foster-care maintenance payments that is enforceable by bringing suit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983.
  • Veach v. Commonwealth of Kentucky
  • Won. The Court found that the Commonwealth violated Kentucky statutory law in denying Plaintiff her rightful benefits
  • Bell v. Commonwealth of Kentucky
  • Won. The Court found that the Commonwealth of Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services was violating federal law by applying a patient liability charge to Plaintiff


  • Kentucky Bar Foundation
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Kentucky Bar Association, Elder Law Committee
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1979 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1979 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • CLE Award Certificate
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • 2015


  • Elder Law in Kentucky Handbook
  • Guardianship, Conservatorship and Curatorship
  • 2018

Speaking Engagements

  • UK/CLE Elder Law Conference
  • Guardianship, Conservatorhip and Curatorship
  • 2018

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (2)
Endorse Richard
Elder law Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Richard Dawahare for his extensive knowledge and client service."
Elder law Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Dawahare's contributions on this site are comprehensive and display a knowledge of probate concepts. He is an asset to the legal community."
Elder law Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I respect and appreciate Attorney Frank's contributions and responses to inquiries on this site. I endorse this obviously knowledgeable attorney."
Family Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the unique opportunity as a Family Court Judge to observe the manner in which Richard Dawahare represents his clients week in and week out in the most challenging matters. Whether he is defending a parent facing life-changing allegations of neglect or abuse, or helping a child in crisis, Richard always goes beyond the call of duty and advocates for his clients with great zeal and determination.. I am constantly amazed at Richard's willingness, for example, to drive several hours to speak personally with a child in order to best promote the best interest of that child in court. Richard is the consummate gentleman with a unique balance of tenacious passion and wise discretion in his work. I am pleased to give him the highest commendation as a lawyer in family court."
Estate planning
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