The Law Office of Bonnie Lawston focuses exclusively on New York probate, estate and trust administration. More than 20 years of experience in probate matters from both sides of the fence, gives us a distinct advantage in handling your loved one’s estate or maximizing your inheritance by protecting your rights against the abuse of a fiduciary. We serve clients across the U.S. and outside the U.S.
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“I have known Bonnie Lawston for many years and have called upon her legal expertise on numerous occasions. Ms. Lawston is always well prepared, extremely knowledgeable, tenacious, thorough and sensitive to our needs. I get personal attention every step of the way, which is comforting and reassuring in these hectic and sometimes stressful times. Ms. Lawston has handled many transactions for me, both professionally and personally.
Bonnie Lawston has been an especially valuable resource on matters dealing with estate and trust administration, related estate matters of all kinds, as well as proactive estate planning, real estate, and business transactions of various kinds while putting the client’s interest first.” John Edward – World Leading Psychic Medium Read More
We can help you serve the estate and maximize your inheritance. You can avoid pitfalls that estates fall into by taking advantage of our expertise, all the relevant tax laws and the applications of tax laws that can maximize the estate. If you are an executor, administrator, trustee or just entitled to a share of the estate – we can help you and you do not have to come to New York.
Are you the executor but you have no money to hire an attorney for the estate? If the estate has real property or other assets but they are not liquid, we have a deferred type retainer where you do not have to pay out any of your own funds but we are paid by the Estate or estate funds. We have many different types of retainers available depending on your needs and the nature of your estate. One retainer that is very popular with clients,especially when people need to hire an attorney, but no one has extra money, is the “legal deferred retainer.” The legal deferred retainer is a type of retainer our office offers clients who are heirs or are the named executor, administrator or trustee. With this retainer you do not pay us any legal fees. The legal fees are paid by the estate or from your inheritance upon collection of the estate’s assets and prior to distribution. Thus, we generally get paid toward the end of the estate settlement. There is no money out of your pocket!
We can protect all your rights to maximize the inheritance and your share of the estate. We also safeguard against any fiduciary negligence or fraud that affects the estate and your pocket. We know what to look for, such as fraudulent conduct and hidden expenses that are not appropriate. We can take the appropriate steps to stop it and remove the fiduciary. Estate administration has various stages, and at each stage we can scrutinize others’ actions and ensure you receive your full inheritance.
We know how to search for wills and are familiar with databases that institutions use to locate wills, other estate documents and estate assets. We can also prepare the necessary papers to have you appointed as the representative of the estate, temporarily or permanently even without a Will. We safeguard and protect the estate assets. Whether you are in New York or live outside of New York, we can take the necessary steps to secure all the assets. For example, we work with individuals and have staff members that can evaluate a house and secure it, get it ready for sale, move estate items to a secure location and sell the assets. You do not need to be present for us to handle these actions involved with the estate. We can also review the fiduciary’s management of the estate and the estate’s assets and liabilities. We do everything possible to maximize your inheritance.
We can certainly assist you. We provide all the information necessary to make the appropriate decisions and take the appropriate actions to ensure your wishes are carried out. And we do so with the least amount of cost to you and your estate, thus maximizing your loved one’s inheritance. After we apply the appropriate laws to each issue, we will recommend a plan that best works for you and your family. We also work closely with CPAs.
Most of the estates our firm represents are large and typically involve the sale of real estate and other assets.We will help prepare the house, secure the property and place it on the market, prepare the contracts of sale and complete the transaction. We will protect your inheritance and ensure the fiduciary complies with the law so you will not pay more than necessary.
Our law firm will do as much, or as little as you need. As our client, you can rest assured we will be there for the times when you are not sure what to do.We work with selected professionals, who can assist you or our office on your behalf to secure, repair, renovate or sell a home or anything else that is needed to serve the estate and its heirs as effectively as possible.
After gathering the estate assets, we prepare the necessary papers prior to distribution, ensuring that all claims, debts and expenses including commissions that you earn as a fiduciary are paid, and file necessary documents with the court to close the estate.
If you are the beneficiary, we will scrutinize what the fiduciary has done to make sure the estate was not taken advantage.
At the Law Office of Bonnie Lawston, you can rely on our extensive experience to protect your legal rights and best interests. There is no charge for initial consultations to find out how we can help you. We offer percentage, hourly and deferred payment retainers, where approved. Call our office at (631) 425-7299 or our 24/7 hotline at (855) 479-4700 to arrange an appointment.
Bonnie Lawston dedicates her practice to making the job of the Executor, Administrator, Trustee and Probate or Administration process easy for you. Whether you are a fiduciary, beneficiary or heir, we can help you, protect your interests and maximize your inheritance. The firm has represented individuals throughout the United States and in New York, throughout long island including but not limited to Huntington, Melville, Syosset, Sag Harbor, Garden City, Mineola, Bayshore, Dix Hills, Oyster Bay, Belle Terre, East Norwich, Muttontown, Cold Spring Harbor, Huntington Bay, Lloyd Harbor, Pt. Jefferson, Pt. Washington, Glen Head, Glen Cove, Bayville, South Hampton, Hampton Bays, to name a few, in matters dealing with Estate and Probate administration. For more information, contact Law Office of Bonnie Lawston at (855)479-4700 for a free consultation.