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Providing counsel and understanding

Planning for the future is essential. But in some cases, the future arrives before we can plan. In these cases, clients need the assistance of a lawyer to help them take over the affairs of someone who is no longer able to manage their daily care or make sound financial decisions. Clients need a law firm that understands the legal issues but is also sensitive to the needs of the family.

Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig’s lawyers have significant experience with every stage of guardianships and conservatorships, from the initial declaration of incapacity to litigation of related disputes. Our lawyers take a personalized approach to guardianship and conservatorship and work closely with clients to make prudent decisions. Whether it be an uncontested or contested guardianship or conservatorship proceeding, our experienced attorneys can assist you and your family members.

Our experience with guardianship and conservatorship law

Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig’s lawyers have worked to ensure guardianship or conservatorship for both children and incapacitated adults. In the process, we have helped families take control of the personal, medical, and financial needs of those they care about most. Our lawyers also represent individuals who object to the establishment or continuation of guardianship or conservatorship.

When our lawyers counsel clients, our goal is to clarify the process, responsibilities, and obligations of a guardian or conservator. Our lawyers aim to be collaborative and achieve mutually agreeable resolutions. However, we understand that sensitive situations may lead to disconnect, and our clients have the full support of our firm’s litigation team.

What we do

  • Assist clients in assessing whether a guardianship or conservatorship is appropriate
  • Counsel clients in setting up a guardianship or conservatorship
  • Represent individuals who object to the establishment or continuation of guardianship or conservatorship
  • Litigate claims or disputes related to guardianship and conservatorship



Dominique Braggs


George Reilly



Scott Cipinko

Of Counsel

Craig Donais

Of Counsel

Judith Henkin

Of Counsel

April Lash

Of Counsel

Whet Smith


Christopher M. Arakaky

Senior Associate

Jeffrey Lippman

Senior Associate

Carolyn Williams

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.