Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig: Fort Collins CO

Fort Collins, Colorado is a charming city nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountains. A magnet for visitors because of the natural beauty that surrounds it and its wonderful mixture of cultural events, exciting live entertainment, fine dining, an excellent school system, wonderful shopping and employment and business opportunities, Fort Collins has both the appeal of a delightful small town and the efficiency and convenience of a larger city. Many visitors who come to marvel at Horsetooth Rock and Horsetooth Falls, and to visit the renowned Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, find themselves considering permanent relocation. It is easy to picture yourself settling down and opening a business here, or branching out so that your home and corporate life include this delightful city in which the sun shines an average of 300 days a year.

Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig PLLC, an expansive law practice with 13 offices throughout the United States as well as in Canada, the UK, and Austria, is pleased to have an office in Fort Collins, both in order to service that part of the country and in order to inhabit and work in such an amazing part of the world. All of our offices provide excellent, personalized legal service to clients ranging from individuals to small or mid-sized business owners, entrepreneurs, sovereign governments and Fortune 500 companies; Fort Collins is no exception.

Our conveniently located office at 8010 South County Rd 5, east of the Windsor exit of I-25, provides easy access for clients from Fort Collins, Windsor, and Loveland. From this location, we offer the same high-quality counsel and assistance in Colorado that our practice offers worldwide. Our clients stay with us long-term because they trust us to provide them with first-rate advice and services at affordable rates.

What makes Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig PLLC unique is that our 70+ attorneys are fully committed to being vigorous advocates for the clients they represent and each has specialized information. We pride ourselves on our diverse backgrounds, believing that our varied experience makes us stronger and more adept at coming up with innovative solutions. We are a veteran-owned law firm with practitioners who are, in addition to being lawyers, also business owners, MBAs, patent holders, and aerospace engineers. Each brings knowledge of other fields, along with in-depth legal understanding, to negotiations or courtroom litigations. Because we have such a large network of offices, we always have the option of conferring with our colleagues throughout the country and overseas to draw upon their particular areas of proficiency.

Services Available at Our Fort Collins Office

Our Fort Collins attorneys, who have 30 years of combined legal experience, provide a variety of legal services for the community, including the following:

Estate Planning

Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig has a well-deserved reputation as a team of highly capable estate planning attorneys. We are prepared to assist you with the care and concern you deserve in order to maintain your present asset level and protect your future. We provide comprehensive estate planning service, including creating Last Will and Testaments, living or irrevocable trusts, powers of attorney, and living wills. We are well-versed in tactics that will protect your assets to preserve your legacy and the financial security of your heirs.


Probate is the legal process through which property is transferred when a person dies. The purpose of probate is to formalize the decedent’s intentions relative to the distribution of his or her property after death. This is typically accomplished with a will, but any property or assets not disposed of through a will or right of survivorship will be disposed of by the probate court according to state probate laws.

The components of this legal process include:

  • Proving in court that the decedent’s will is valid
  • Paying debts and taxes owed by the estate
  • Settling any disputes
  • Collecting and creating an inventory of the decedent’s property
  • Having the property appraised
  • Distributing the remaining property to heirs as the will directs
  • Collecting all rights to income, dividends, etc. due to the estate

Normally, the decedent has appointed an executor to manage affairs after his or her death. In cases in which the decedent has failed to designate an executor, the court will appoint an administrator to settle the estate. If the decedent has not left a will, state law will determine the distribution of property. Because probate can be time-consuming and costly, our estate planning attorneys can help you to avoid probate by setting up irrevocable or revocable trusts, arranging for joint ownership with right of survivorship, or assisting you in gifting designated parties while you are still alive.

Business Law and Corporate Transactions

The skilled attorneys of Dunlap, Bennett & Ludwig are both vigorous litigators and diplomatic negotiators. Our clients have learned to trust our instincts regarding when to be tactful and when to be assertive. We are equally dedicated to helping you meet your goals whether you are a small or mid-sized business owner, an individual interested in starting up a new company, or the CEO of a corporation.

We are equally comfortable advising you about establishing a partnership, drafting documents for mergers and acquisitions, finding appropriate financing, creating employment, independent contractor, or non-disclosure agreements, negotiating government contracts and exploring potentially lucrative joint ventures.

Real Estate

Recent improvements to the national economy have awakened both residential and commercial real estate markets. Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig has been participating in successful real estate transactions, however, through good times and bad since 2001. From our Fort Collins office, we provide extensive real estate services to sellers, buyers, developers and investors interested in either residential and commercial properties. Our goal is to show you the best opportunities while protecting you from unnecessary risks. Areas we cover include:

  • Land use, zoning, and environmental issues
  • Title clearance, easements, and permit appeals
  • Tax-free exchanges
  • Foreclosures
  • Property tax challenges
  • Buyer-seller and landlord/tenant disputes
  • Financing

Because our attorneys are so well-informed about federal, state, and local laws, you can be sure we will establish fine working relationships with other participants in your real estate deals, such as realtors, architects, engineers, co-op boards, community or condo associations, and contractors. We will handle all aspects of your real estate transaction from drafting documents to appearing with you at closings. If, in spite of our proactive steps to avoid misunderstandings, a conflict arises, we are prepared to aggressively litigate on your behalf.

Intellectual Property

From our office in Fort Collins, we offer all types of legal services in the intellectual property (IP) arena. Because of our multiple offices, we are able to connect instantly with colleagues in our Washington, D.C. office which are located near both the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the U.S. Copyright Office. Because of our dedication to protecting your interests, we use the most up-to-date secure services to file your trademark, patent and copyright applications. As with all the special services we provide, we are as thorough as we are focused, exercising due diligence during clearance searches for patents and trademarks, and standing up for your rights in court if you become entangled in an infringement dispute.

Our intellectual property team is comprised of professors, engineers, scientists, and entrepreneurs. They bring their varied expertise to all aspects of their representation – from pre-filing due diligence to respond to office actions, to settling and litigating infringement disputes. Our intellectual property lawyers aren’t afraid to stand up for your rights. While we aim to settle disputes through negotiation, our team is skilled in infringement litigation and offers world-class representation in court.

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When You Need Us, We’re There

If you reside or work in or near Fort Collins and have legal needs that have to be met, consulting with Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig is a wise move. When you consult with one of our highly skilled attorneys here in Colorado, you can trust that you will be given individualized, caring service backed up by an integrated team of specialists throughout the U.S. and in branches around the world.

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