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Dawes Legal – Attorneys Who Care

Law Firm in Columbus, Ohio

When you are in need of experienced and personalized legal assistance in Ohio, turn to Shannon Dawes of Dawes Legal for assistance. At Dawes Legal, I help Ohio clients who need assistance resolving family law disputes, planning their estates, starting or growing their business, and other legal issues and questions. Contact Dawes Legal today for help in successfully resolving your legal matter as efficiently as possible.

Compassionate and Caring Legal Assistance

When you are caught in the midst of a probate proceeding, divorce matter, or business dispute, it is easy to feel lost and alone. You not only need someone who can help you solve your problem and enable you to continue on with your business and your life, you want someone to listen to you and understand your cares, your worries, and your concerns about your legal dispute. I know that for many a lawsuit or legal proceeding can create a great deal of stress and anxiety. I consider it my job to help replace your fears and worries with facts and information while I advocate zealously on your behalf.

No matter the precise nature of your legal problem, know that at Dawes Legal, I will devote my knowledge, experience, and resources to helping you achieve the best possible outcome as quickly as possible while keeping you informed and helping you remain empowered every step of the way.


What Makes Dawes Legal Different

At Dawes Legal, my clients are not “customers” or “numbers.” Instead, I view them as partners and teammates: my clients set the goals for representation and the outcomes they would like to achieve, while I bring my legal background and knowledge to assist them with their legal disputes and questions. I know that my clients often have many questions when they come visit Dawes Legal, and continue to have questions as their case progresses. I return client e-mails and calls within 24 hours or less so that my clients do not needlessly worry about the status of their case or whether their legal needs are being looked after. I endeavor to take the fear and uncertainty out of litigation and the court process and inspiring my clients to take the steps they need to achieve the legal outcomes they need and desire. Finally, I look for ways to maximize my clients’ time and resources so that their legal matters are concluded quickly and with as minimal disruption to their lives as possible.

When you need prompt, compassionate, and experienced legal assistance in Franklin County or elsewhere in Ohio, Dawes Legal is ready, available, and capable to assist you. All calls or e-mails to our office will be returned within 24 hours whether you are a new client or a client of mine for years. Contact Dawes Legal for experienced, knowledgeable, and caring legal representation. You can reach my office by calling (614) 733- 9999 or through my website.

Our Areas of Practice

Estate Planning

Planning your estate is critical to avoid probate court and affects your beneficiaries if not planned properly. There are many legal dynamics to Estate Panning and review over time is necessary to include any changes in your life situation. Aspects of Wills, Trusts, Probate, Legal contacts, Legal Asset protection are important to your desired wishes. [Read More]

Family Law

All aspects of Ohio Family Law concerning your situations is our priority including divorce, military divorce, annulment, dissolution, legal separation, child support, child custody, adoption, shared parenting, visitation, paternity, Father’s rights, Mother’s rights, Grandparent’s rights, uncontested divorce and more. We seek to bring a win-win decision for you whenever possible in these difficult situations. [Read More]


Whether a person dies with a valid will in place (called dying “estate”) or dies without a will (called dying “intestate”), the person’s will – if there is one – and his or her estate will pass through the probate process. Probate refers to the court-supervised process whereby a decedent’s affairs are wound up, his or her valid debts paid, and his or her assets distributed to his or her heirs and/or beneficiaries. [Read More]


What Makes Dawes Legal Different?

When you need prompt, compassionate, and experienced legal assistance in Franklin County or elsewhere in Ohio, Dawes Legal is ready, available, and capable to assist you.


  • Clients are treated as a partners
  • Empowering clients with information about the litigation and court process
  • Prompt responses to emails and calls
  • Knowledgeable, caring legal assistance
  • Focused on concluding legal matters quickly with minimal disruption to clients lives


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