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Welcome To Manzanares Law Office

The Manzanares Law Office is YOUR Taos Attorney for all your family and business needs!

Dennis Manzanares - Attorney and Counselor-At-Law

Dennis Manzanares is a sole practitioner providing legal services to the families and businesses of Taos County and Northern New Mexico. He is son of Ercilia Martinez of Questa and Fermin Manzanares of Tierra Amarilla.

As a sole practitioner, I provide my clients with personal service, attention, and empathy for their situation. If necessary, I can meet with clients outside of normal business hours and, where necessary, outside of my office. For many legal matters, flexible billing can be arranged.

As a former Town Attorney for the Town of Taos, as well as Taos County Attorney and contract counsel to various Northern NM towns and villages, my knowledge of northern New Mexico and its unique qualities is reflected in the quality of work provided to clients.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What exactly do you do as a Taos Attorney?

    An attorney helps people. Ideally, it helps when clients come to the attorney before a problem happens. That way, it’s like preventative medicine; stop the ailment before it takes hold.

  • Why do I need a Taos Attorney?

    By allowing me to help you see your situation, your Taos Attorney can find options for how you can achieve your goal(s).

  • I purchased a “will” kit at a store. Isn’t that good enough so that I don’t have to hire an attorney?

    Pre-printed will forms are generic in terms of what they cover and they really can’t be used if it is your specific intent to leave your property as you wish it to be distributed. This is especially true if there are significant events in your life, such as; military service, divorce or legal separation, business ownership(s), unanticipated inheritances, etc.

  • What exactly is a TOD Deed?

    A transfer-on-death deed conveys the described real property to the named grantee upon the death of the grantor. To be effective in New Mexico, a TOD Deed must be filed of record before the death of the grantor; if it is held in a safety deposit box, for instance, and attempted to be filed upon the death of the grantor, it would fail as not being timely filed.

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About Dennis

Dennis currently serves on the NM Supreme Court’s MCLE Board, the Board of the NM State Bar’s Solo & Small Practice Section, and the Bar’s Senior Lawyer Division.

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Practice Areas

The Manzanares Law Office is YOUR Taos Attorney for all your family and business needs including, wills & probates, real estate law, & small business consulting.

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My Frequently Asked Questions section may provide answers to common questions. You are cordially invited to make an appointment.

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My Blog covers an array of topics from New Mexico real estate law, to small business tips, to the latest happenings in Taos & the surrounding Counties.

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Practice Areas

  • Wills & Probates

    Wills & Probates

    A will or testament is a legal declaration by which a person, the testator, names one or more persons to manage their estate and provides for the distribution of their property at death.
  • Real Estate Law

    Real Estate Law

    We represent buyers, sellers, investors, and developers as to New Mexico real estate law including contracts, negotiations, zoning & permitting, and more.
  • Small Business Consulting

    Small Business Consulting

    We advise clients on all aspects of business management including; legal structure, contracts & non-disclosure agreements, contract negotiation & litigation.
  • Contract Law & Negotiations

    Contract Law & Negotiations

    A good contract makes all the difference. We assist with the sale of goods or real property, partnership agreements, construction agreements, arbitration & litigation.
  • Buyer or Seller Representation

    Buyer or Seller Representation

    Our law firm represents both buyers or sellers with all aspects of New Mexico real estate law including buying or selling, contract creation & negotiation, and all types of property.
  • Entity Startup & Formation

    Entity Startup & Formation

    We advise clients on the legal, financial, and contractual issues related to starting a business & assit with establishing an LLC, corporation, S corporation, non-profit, or partnership.
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Town Attorney

Town of Taos 1990-1994

Cnty Attorney

Taos County 1995-1998

Board Member

NM Supreme Court’s MCLE Board

Board Member

NM Bar’s Solo & Small Practice

The Evolution Of Law

  • Aristotle

    Around 356 BCE

    At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst.
  • Marcus Tullius Cicero

    Around 50 BC

    The magistrates are the ministers for the laws, the judges their interpreters, the rest of us are servants of the law, that we all may be free.
  • Thomas Aquinas

    Around 1262

    Law is nothing other than a certain ordinance of reason for the common good, promulgated by the person who has the care of the community.
  • Theodore Roosevelt

    Around 1908

    No man is above the law and no man is below it: nor do we ask any man's permission when we ask him to obey it.
  • Mahatma Gandhi

    Around 1934

    There is an orderliness in the universe, there is an unalterable law governing everything and every being that exists or lives. It is no blind law; for no blind law can govern the conduct of living beings.
  • Albert Camus

    Around 1954

    Retaliation is related to nature and instinct, not to law. Law, by definition, cannot obey the same rules as nature.
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The Manzanares Law Office is YOUR Taos Attorney for all your family and business needs including, wills & probates, real estate law, & small business consulting.


Contact Info

Manzanares Law Office
Dennis Manzanares
3335 Schumacher St., NW
Albuquerque, NM 87120

(575) 770-0902

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9:30 am to 4:30 pm