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OVERVIEW

Protecting prized assets

It takes a lifetime to build wealth. But few people spend enough time considering how they will pass it on to their family members, close friends, and charitable organizations when they are gone. In the absence of a clear plan, the process of tying up the loose ends can become cumbersome and fraught with conflict and expense.

Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig’s trusts and estates lawyers can help. Probate is a specialized, court-directed process that requires the guidance of a knowledgeable lawyer. We counsel clients throughout the probate process, providing guidance and helping you pass along a loved one’s estate properly and efficiently.

Our experience with probate and trust administration

Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig’s probate and trust administration lawyers have years of experience practicing across different states and jurisdictions. We work closely with clients and counsel on all aspects of probate and trust administration, including the initial probate evaluation, the probate process itself, and winding up the estate following the conclusion of probate.

The trusts and estates lawyers at our law firm assist both personal representatives and executors in connection with the probate process, including filing a petition, publishing and mailing required notices, submitting self-proving affidavits, distributing property, and completing other filing requirements. We have a strong command of what is required under state law and the Uniform Probate Code. Our aim is to help you navigate the complex transitional tasks associated with probate and put your loved one’s estate to rest peacefully.

What we do

  • Assist clients in determining whether probate is applicable
  • Provide counsel during the probate process, including filing petitions, giving notice, submitting self-proving affidavits, and distributing property
  • Assist clients with asset transfers, trust administration, and other trust and estate matters
  • Counsel clients regarding tax matters associated with probate and trust administration
  • Advise clients about the benefits and drawbacks of revocable and irrevocable trusts
  • Ensure compliance with the Uniform Probate Code and state and local law, as applicable

OUR TEAM

Partner

Dominique Braggs

Partner

Team

Christopher M. Arakaky

Associate

Victoria Kreuzer

Associate

Craig Donais

Of Counsel

April Lash

Of Counsel

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.