Dawn L. Richards

Dawn L. Richards

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  • Estate Planning, Business Law, Health Care Law ...
  • Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania
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Dawn Richards Law provides our clients with superior services in the areas of probate, estate planning, business, and contracting. Located in Jupiter, FL we are convenient to clients from Boynton Beach to Stuart. We accommodate our clients by scheduling document signings in home or at an inpatient facility, when necessary. Our team consists of one attorney, 2 paralegals and one legal assistant - big enough to get the job done but small enough to remember your name and provide you with personalized services.

Dawn Richards has been practicing law since 2008 when she opened her own practice in Pottsville, PA and served the community by providing general law including: estates, real estate, tax, probate, collections, guardianships, family law and business law. She has practiced in Pennsylvania, Georgia and Florida for 14 years. In addition to her legal experience she has over 25 years experience in business and health care. She graduated with a BS in Accounting in 1991, a Masters in Business Administration in 1995 and a Juris Doctor in 2008.

Her business acumen includes: compliance programs, financial statements, policies and procedures, human resources, employment disputes, contracting, negotiations, business restructuring, and financial operations.

She spent six years with the Capozzi Adler firm in Camp Hill, PA practicing employment law, compliance and healthcare reimbursement appeals.

Her previous clients include nursing homes, assisted living facilities, acute care hospitals, charter schools, not-for profit organizations, small businesses, physician practices, pharmacies, hospices, and home health agencies.

She has worked with aging agencies to educate seniors on elder law and estate planning, has presented legal updates to healthcare organizations, trained employees and staff on compliance and human resources, and provided oversight to governmental agencies.

Practice Areas
    Estate Planning
    Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation
    Health Care Law
    Probate
    Probate Administration
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Rates structure varies between FL, GA and PA based on state law. Various discount programs are offered to seniors, veterans and friends/family referrals.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Florida
The Florida Bar
ID Number: 1003516
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Georgia
State Bar of Georgia
ID Number: 113566
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Pennsylvania
Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
ID Number: 207668
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3rd Circuit
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D.C. Circuit
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Attorney
Dawn Richards Law
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Located in the Abacoa neighborhood of Jupiter Florida. Serving Palm Beach and Broward Counties. Providing services in the areas of Probate, Estate Planning, Business Law, Healthcare Contracting and Compliance, Regulatory Affairs, Corporations and Corporate Governance.
CFO
Healthcare Finance
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Served as financial executive to various healthcare organizations providing leadership and management to areas such as financial planning, budget, accounting, admissions, medical records, purchasing, information technology, contracting and plant operations. Completed budgets, performed month end close, made presentation to the Board, performed financial analysis, managed contracting, negotiated agreements including managed care payer agreements. Worked for HCA, Tenet, Lifepoint, IASIS, ERHospitals and the Health District of Palm Beach County.
Attorney
Capozzi Adler, P.C.
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Provided services to healthcare clients including nursing homes, assisted living facilities, home health agencies, hospices and physician practices. Defended employers against claims of discrimination, Medicare and Medicaid fraud, FMLA, FLSA, EEOC. Represented employers in hearings and trials for unemployment, workers compensation and union grievances. Drafted contracts including provider services, ancillary services, non-competes. Developed and implemented Corporate Compliance Programs and investigated compliance complaints. Drafted employee handbooks and provided human resources training to HR managers and staff. Provided compliance training to managers staff and boards. Assisted in collective bargaining and union elections.
Owner
Law Offices of Dawn Richards
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Provided services to Schuylkill county residents in various practice areas including family law, tax, real estate, estates, wills, probate, pharmaceutical billing, hospital fraud defense and guardianships.
Education
Temple University
J.D. | Law
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University of Nevada-Las Vegas
M.S. | Management
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University of Nevada-Las Vegas
B.S. | Accounting
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Awards
Professional Associations
Georgia Bar Association
Member
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Florida Bar Association
Member
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Pennsylvania Bar Association
Committee Member
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Activities: Veterans Affairs Committee Health Law Committee
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American Bar Association
- Current
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American Health Lawyers Association
Member
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Healthcare Financial Management Association
Member
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Speaking Engagements
Estate Planning for Seniors, Diakom Educational Session, Schuylkill Haven, PA
Diakom
Nursing Home Reimbursement, Capozzi Adler Semi-annual Nursing Home Conference, Harrisburg, PA
Capozzi Adler, P.C.
Certifications
Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional
HCCA
Websites & Blogs
Website
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News
Legal Answers
3 Questions Answered
Q. While on paid suspension from work,I did not get paid for the days I didn't work and was also fired without notice
A: Unfortunately, Georgia is an "at will" state which means that you can be terminated with or without notice, for cause or without cause. Unless you are covered by an employment agreement an employer may terminate your employment without notice, assuming that you have not been terminated for an illegal reason, such as discrimination or whistleblowing under certain statutes. As to the paid suspension, the answer would depend upon the employers policies and what was agreed upon prior to the suspension. It is very fact specific so it is not possible to give you a definitive response. If you feel you were unjustly terminated, I would suggest you consult a local attorney.
Q. Is a job allowed to deny an employee the ability to work from home when the employee is undergoing chemotherapy?
A: If your employer employs 15 or more employees they are required to provide reasonable accommodation for an employee with a disability. Depending upon the nature of the industry and the type of work you do, work from home may or may not be reasonable.
Q. I am an only child.Dad's estate is approx.$25,000.No other heirs.He died intestate.Can I file Small Estate affidavit?
A: You may file a Petition with the court to dispense with administration. The judge will determine if there are other heirs or creditors by advertising in the county of residence or where property is located.
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Contact & Map
Dawn Richards Law
601 Heritage Drive
#223
Jupiter, FL 33458
Telephone: (561) 891-1294
Monday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Notice: Appointments may be scheduled outside of normal business hours, as necessary to meet your needs including evenings and weekends.