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Hannah Botkin-Doty Esq.

Hannah L. Botkin-Doty

My clients get my personal attention, quick communication, fair rates, local representation, and flexible appointment availability.

I am currently accepting cases in the areas of Adoption, Estate Planning and Administration, Elder Law, Family Law, LGBT Law, Small Business Law, Guardian Ad Litem, and Assisted Reproductive Technology.
The Law Firm of Doty and Obenour
(2 Attorneys)

Family Law and Divorce
Probate, Estate and Elder Law

1675 Old Henderson Rd
Columbus, OH 43220
Northwest Columbus

4 years

(614) 678-8848

(614) 678-8859

Why did you become an attorney?

When I was about 14 years old, my parents went through a long and ugly divorce battle. My brother, sister and I had our lives uprooted and our family torn apart. During the process, the Court appointed a special representative to speak with each of us children and report back to the Court what our wishes were as far as living with Mom or Dad and other considerations. This man, our Guardian Ad Litem or GAL, was the first person in all of the chaos and difficulty to stop and ask me how I felt about the situation and what I wanted to see happen. 

I was so grateful for the opportunity to speak, and regain some semblance of control over my life. I never forgot that feeling and that situation, and I have worked tirelessly to have the ability to now be that voice and hope for others. In addition to my private practice, I also serve on those Court appointment lists to act as Guardian Ad Litem for children who are in the midst of divorce, dissolution, or have suffered abuse or neglect at the hand of their family. I consider it a privilege to serve those children, and do my best to give them the same hope that was given to me.

What experiences (work and personal) help you to be a better attorney?

There are three different experiences that I can look to as having the most formative effect on my life as an attorney. 1. The United States Army, 2. The Pro Bono Family Advocacy Clinic, 3. Working as a Cashier at a Local Drug Store. 

I served for four years in the US Army Reserve Officer Training Corps prior to attending Law School. Those years gave me mental discipline and organizational and leadership skills that I could not have gleaned from anywhere else. When you have run through an L -shaped ambush in the field, opposing counsel doesn't come off as that intimidating. Being given the opportunity to lead and care for the men and women in my platoon gave me the empathy and courage that I use every day working with my clients in and out of the courtroom. 

While at Capital University Law School, I spent over 200 hours working on clients cases in the Pro Bono Family Advocacy Clinic and the Veteran Will's Clinic. Having the opportunity to see the legal needs of the financially destitute gave me a real world perspective on how the legal system works and how desperately necessary our work as attorneys is. When your argument stands between a family staying together or falling apart, you learn to take each and every client's case to heart, and to give each client your very best.

Lastly, while I was waiting for my results from the Bar Exam, I took a job at a local Drug store as a cashier. This gave me the opportunity to interact on a minute by minute basis with people from every walk of life. It helped me to be open to new experiences and taught me customer service and on the spot problem solving. I learned so much about people in my time as a cashier, and it has served me well as an attorney.

What made you choose your primary specialty focus of law?

My primary focus of law is Family Law with specific focus on LGBT Family Planning, Estate Planning, and Same-Sex Custody Petitions in Ohio. 

I have always felt called to serve the under-served communities around me, and the LGBT community is especially at a detriment when it comes to living and raising families here in Ohio. When my wife Kristin and I decided to join our lives together, we had to empty our bank accounts to pay for the basic protections including: Power of Attorney for Finances, Power of Attorney for Health Care, Living Will, Last Will and Testament, Disposition of Bodily Remains and Hospital Visitation forms. 

My goal is to raise awareness within the LGBT community and serve those that I can to help protect and preserve the families and relationships we have built. Having to go through the legal process myself made me especially attune to the legal shortcomings here in Ohio.

Describe your personal interest and hobbies.

On my down time, I enjoy going to farmers markets, cooking, painting, playing my Fender squire, going to the local bars with friends and singing karaoke.

The best way I know how to relax and recharge is to get a few friends and head out to the woods and rent a cabin for a weekend of hammocks, hiking and campfires.

Describe your charitable activities.

I currently sit on the board of the Family Pride Network of Central Ohio as a Director at Large.  The Family Pride Network's mission is to provide a community and resources that connect, support and educate LGBT families and prospective parents within the state of Ohio.

Family Law and Divorce
  • Child Support
  • Collaborative Law
  • Custody
  • Disability Rights
  • Dissolution/Uncontested Divorce
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Partnerships and GLBT rights
  • Grandparents’ Rights
  • Guardianships
  • Joint Custody
  • Legal Separation
  • Name changes
  • Paternity
  • Power of Attorney
  • Prenuptial/Postnuptial
  • Restraining Orders
  • Shared Parenting Plans
  • Spousal Support
  • Stepparent Adoption
  • Support
Probate, Estate and Elder Law
  • Adoptions
  • Asset Protection
  • Contested Civil Commitments
  • Contested Guardianships
  • Contractual Beneficiary Issues
  • Disability Rights
  • Elder Law
  • Fiduciary Removal
  • Guardianships
  • Healthcare Power of Attorney
  • Joint Survivorship
  • Life Insurance
  • Living Wills
  • Marriage Licenses
  • Medicare
  • Power of Attorney
  • Probate
  • Probate Litigation
  • Surrogacy
  • Trust Disputes
  • Trusts
  • Will Contests
  • Wills

Capital University
Bachelor of Arts, 2010

Capital University Law School
Juris Doctorate, 2013

Bar Association Membership

Columbus Bar Association
Ohio State Bar Association
Women Lawyers of Franklin County
Ohio Women's Bar Association


  • Women’s Law Association, President, 2011-2013
  • Capital Equality Alliance, President, 2012-2013
  • Phi Alpha Delta International Law Fraternity
  • Ohio Women’s Bar Foundation Scholarship Recipient, 2012
  • Mock Trial  Spring National Team: Fellow, 2012
  • Law and Leadership Institute- Instructor
    • Robert L. Shuman Fellow, 2011-2012

Court Admissions

All Courts and Agencies of the State of Ohio

Board/Committee Membership

LGBT Committee Member
Family Law Committee
Juvenile Law Committee
Probate and Estate Planning Committee

Continuing Education

 LGBT Diversity & Inclusion Conference

Guardian Ad Litem Educational Course

Guardian Ad Litem -High Risk Families Course

Practical Probate Seminar


Bar Admission Date


Licensed In

Ohio (2013), #0090705

Summary of Firm

The Law Firm of Doty and Obenour LLC was founded by Hannah Botkin-Doty and Abbie Obenour. Our offices are located at 1675 Old Henderson Rd. Columbus, OH 43220. The office is conveniently located on the north side of Columbus near the Reed Rd. and Henderson Rd. intersection and free parking gives clients easy access to the office.

We are currently accepting cases in the areas of Adoption, Estate Planning and Administration, Elder Law, LGBT Law, Small Business Law, Guardian Ad Litem andAssisted Reproductive Technology.

The Law Firm of Doty and Obenour LLC offers you personal attention, quick communication, fair rates, local representation, and flexible appointment availability.

Summary of Previous Employment

The Justice League of Ohio, Columbus OH

     Pro Bono Attorney Advocate and Board Member

§  I provide free legal representation to victims of violent crime throughout Ohio to ensure their constitutional and statutory rights are enforced and protected from the time a crime is first reported throughout the criminal justice process.

Family Advocacy and Foster Youth Advocacy Clinics, Columbus, OH

Law student clinician (August 2012 – May 2013)

  • Practiced law under a supervising attorney in the areas of: Wills, Divorce, Custody Disputes, Civil Protective Orders, Adoption, and Prosecution in a Mayors Court.
  • Worked with emancipating foster youth to provide information, legal counseling, and representation in areas such as self-advocacy, access to medical coverage, housing disputes, understanding educational rights and processes, money and credit management skills, identity theft, and criminal records management.


N.O.W. Education and Legal Fund & ACTION Ohio Coalition for Battered Women,

      Law Student Intern, (2011-2012)

  • Updated the Ohio Revised Codes and syntax in a pamphlet called the "Justice Guide" that informed those giving and seeking legal advice about domestic abuse, protective orders, and other legal actions available to individuals in abusive situations.

Free Initial Consultation?

My goal for the first time we meet (either in person or on the phone) is to get to know each other.  I want to ensure that I can help you with whatever legal issue you are facing.  Therefore, the first initial consultation is free.

Typical Retainer Fees

Our retainer fees vary by complexity and kind of case. In general, our retainer fees range from $1000.00 to $2,000.00. We will be happy to discuss payment options and payment plans at our initial meeting.

Fixed-Price Services and Fees

We offer fixed rate fees for our Estate Planning clients, the amount of each fee is dependent on the kind of estate plan that we create, and the number and kind of documents that are included. 

Fees by Hourly Rate

Our firms hourly rate is $200.00 per hour, the hour is broken down into six minute segments. We keep a timer on each case and provide our clients with monthly invoice showing the work that we have done and time that was spent on each aspect of their case. At the Law Firm of Doty and Obenour, we believe in full transparency and collaboration with our clients.


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