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Handling estate disputes with sensitivity and creativity

Estate planning can be a messy business, and the administration of wills and trusts is not always as predictable as it should be. All too often, heirs, executors, and administrators of estates become involved in drawn-out disputes regarding a will, a trust, real property, other property, or another estate or probate matter.

Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig understands that these matters can be particularly complicated and personal, especially when a loved one’s estate is involved. We guide clients through estate and probate disputes with expert advice, sensitivity, and appropriate dispute resolution techniques. Our estate and probate litigation team works closely with our Trusts and Estates practice to craft innovative, practical solutions to even the most complex estate problems.

Our experience in estate and probate litigation

Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig helps clients resolve complex estate and probate litigation matters. We have helped clients challenge the validity of wills and trusts and bring claims regarding undue influence, incapacitation, and mental incompetence. We also have helped clients defend the validity of wills and trusts and resolve probate and estate administration matters.

Estate and probate issues can be particularly complex. Handling these matters requires a law firm with a depth and breadth of experience in estate matters. Our goal is to use our expertise to settle disputes amicably, without resorting to court proceedings. When that is impossible, our litigators stand ready to defend our clients in matters involving trust and estate administration.

What we do

  • Advise clients on the potential validity or invalidity of wills and trusts
  • Handle disputes related to capacity, competence, and undue influence
  • Represent heirs, administrators, and executors in claims of improper estate administration and distribution
  • Defend heirs, executors, and administrators against claims of breach of duty and improper distribution
  • Advise clients on settlement options and negotiate favorable resolution while preserving relationships to the extent possible



Dominique Braggs


Bernard Goodman


Dubs Herschlip



Rafael Bultz


Craig Donais

Of Counsel

April Lash

Of Counsel

Mark Russakow

Of Counsel

Yvette Stuart

Of Counsel

Lisa Tan

Of Counsel

Jeffrey Lippman

Senior Associate

Frederick (Erick) Poorbaugh

Senior Associate


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Intern Program

As part of our effort to recruit, develop and retail the best and brightest attorneys, Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig offers a summer intern program for promising law school students who are looking to work as part of an innovative and incredibly successful team. With a global team of lawyers, selected candidates are able to work on high level projects in a collaborative space.

Paralegals and Legal Support Staff

At Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig, our team of paralegals and staff work together collaboratively along side our attorneys toward a common goal. We have created a positive work environment where our paralegals and legal assistants work to successfully reach firm-wide goals and support each other to combine individual strengths to enhance team performance. They regularly assist our attorneys with organizing and maintaining files, conducting legal research, and preparing documents.