Long Island Estate Probate Attorney

Long Island Estate Probate Attorney

Let our office help you – we have the experience that you will benefit from. “Law” is in our name “Bonnie Lawston” for a reason — we are your best choice.

Have you lost a loved one who lived in New York or had assets in New York but you live in or outside of New York?

We can help you serve the estate and maximize your inheritance taking advantage of our expertise, avoiding pitfalls that estates fall into and taking advantage of all the tax laws and the applications of the tax laws to maximize the estate.

Legal Rights of a Spouse After Death of a Loved One

  • What are the legal rights of a spouse after death?
  • My spouse died and I am not left in a will, what do I do?
  • Is the spouse entitled to their share if the will was executed before the marriage? Read More

Contested Estate Planning Documents

Wills | Trusts | Powers of Attorney

An estate planning document may be contested for a variety of reasons:

There may be concerns that a beneficiary had undue influence over the deceased, or that the decedent made decisions or changes under duress from a potential heir  Read More:

Are you concerned about how the executor or administrator is handling the Estate and trust, if applicable?

We can ensure that we protect all your rights to maximize the inheritance and share of the estate and safeguard against any negligence or fraud by the fiduciary that affects the estate and your pocket. We know what to look for, the hidden expenses that are not appropriate and fraudulent conduct and take the appropriate steps to stop it and remove that person. There are many stages of the Estate and at each stage, we will take the appropriate action to scrutinize the actions of others and ensure that you are receiving your full inheritance.

Is the estate cash poor but property rich?

Are you the executor but you have no money to hire an attorney for the Estate and you must? We have many different types of retainers available depending on your needs and the Estate. One retainer that is very popular with clients especially in times like these when no one has extra money but need to hire an attorney is the “legal deferred retainer.” The legal deferred retainer”, is a type of retainer that our office offers to clients who are inheriting or is the named executor or administrator, and you do not pay us any legal fees. The legal fees will be paid by the estate or from your inheritance upon collection of the estate assets and/or prior to distribution. Thus, we are paid generally towards the end of the estate. There is no money out of your pocket.








Wills and Trusts

Contact the Law Office of Bonnie Lawston

Contact Long Island attorney Bonnie Lawston online or call our office at 631-425-7299 to schedule an appointment. Initial consultations are free.

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Our Estate Practice

We offer representation on a broad range of estate matters, some of those areas are listed below but see our website for a full and complete list of practice areas:

  • Administration Estates (No Will Estates)—The settling of an estate without a will through legal proceedings. Read More
  • Ancillary proceedings– Commencement of legal proceedings secondary to the primary legal proceedings to allow for the settlement of estate assets located in the State of New York. Read More
  • Contested matters- Accountings matters, wrongful acts by fiduciary, improper use of power of appointments such as power of attorney. Read More
  • Estate planning—The preparation and execution of effective estate planning documents, including wills, trusts, powers of attorney and healthcare proxies. Read More
  • Estate and probate litigation—Will and trust contests, fiduciary actions and the protection of beneficiary rights. Read More
  • Out-of-state clients– People who are heirs, beneficiaries or fiduciaries (executors, administrators, trusts) to New York Estates. We represent your interests and will assist you in the New York estate matter. Read More
  • Probate and Estate administration—The commencement of legal proceedings and admission of the Last Will and Testament of a decedent in probate, as well as trust administration. Read More

We also handle matters related to estate planning, the sale and purchase of residential and commercial real estate and business in New York, and the legal needs of those that lead a public life and in the entertainment business. To learn more about the full scope of our practice, visit our site for more information.


“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.” Read More

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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. For more information, contact the Law Office of Bonnie Lawston at 631-425-7299 for a free consultation.  Contact Uscontact-us

Whether you are a fiduciary or beneficiary, we can help you.

Exclusive focus on probate, estates & trusts · 20+ years of experience · Various retainer options available

Phone: (631) 425-7299

All types of retainers are available and upon case evaluation, the applicable retainers will be offered such as deferred, hourly, flat rate, percentages and contingent type retainers.Estates or heirs that have no cash or no liquid funds available may be eligible for special type retainers and legal fee arrangements.

•No money upfront for legal services
•No monthly bills
•Legal fees paid from the inheritance or by the Estate
•If your loved one passed away and you have no liquid funds, we can help you
•If the decedent died in New York or has assets in New York State, we can help you


Did your loved one die without a Will?

  • We know how to search for the Will and the databases and institutions to research for same.
  • We can also prepare the necessary papers to have you appointed as the representative of the estate, temporarily or permanently, locate the Will, and other estate documents including assets.
  • We will safe guard and protect the estate assets if you are in New York or live outside of New York.
  • We will take the necessary steps to secure all the assets.
For example we work with individuals and have staff members that can and will go out and 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 here for us to do that for you and the Estate. We can also review the estate assets and liabilities, what the fiduciary has done and maximize your inheritance.

Do you need a Will? Living Will? Trust? Health Care proxy? and some estate planning advise?

We can certainly assist you:

We will provide you with all the information necessary for you to make the appropriate decisions and take the appropriate actions to ensure that your wishes are carried out and with the least amount of cost to you and your estate thus maximizing your loved one’s inheritance. We will apply all the tax laws to each situation and provide that information to you. Home consultations are available.

Out-of-State-Executor-Attorney We represent clients nationwide, if you are a fiduciary (executor, administrator, or trustee) an heir or beneficiary of a New York estate. If the decedent died in New York or has assets in New York State, we can help you. If you are chosen to represent the estate or if you are receiving an inheritance from a New York estate, contact our law firm today.

There are Two Types of New York Estates

  1. The Decedent resided in NY at the time of death and their domicile is New York at the time of death; or
  2. There are assets located in NY, at the time of death, and an ancillary proceeding is needed. The Decedent may have died elsewhere.

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Trust an Experienced Estate Planning Lawyer

When disputing an estate matter, you must pay close attention to the time constraints for filing legal action. If you fail to challenge a will or trust, or its administration, within the statutory period, you can lose your rights. You must, therefore, contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Bonnie Lawston has successfully handled estate matters for clients on Long Island for more than two decades. She works with clients across Long Island, including Melville, Huntington, 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 and Hampton Bays.