Ancillary Proceedings

Ancillary Proceedings in New York

Handling Ancillary Matters in Probate and Intestacy Proceedings

What is an ancillary proceeding?

Are you an executor or beneficiary of an estate where the deceased had property in a state in which he or she didn’t reside at the time of death? Did your loved one own property outside of the state of New York, with or without a last will and testament? In either situation, the property located outside of the state of New York will need to be distributed through what is known as an “ancillary” or “secondary” proceeding.

Representation in Ancillary Proceedings

The process can be complex, so you want an experienced, knowledgeable and proven lawyer to protect your rights. You want the Law Office of Bonnie Lawston, P.C.

Attorney Bonnie Lawston brings more than 27 years of probate law experience to clients throughout the state of New York. She has served on the Referee Panel for Nassau County and Suffolk County, and has also been a certified member of the 18B Family and Criminal Court Panel for the Suffolk County Courts. She is also licensed to practice in Florida and Connecticut.

At the Law Office of Bonnie Lawston, we handle all matters related to ancillary proceedings, whether pursuant to a valid last will and testament or in intestacy. We have a comprehensive knowledge of the probate and estate laws of New York, Connecticut and Florida, and can take the necessary steps to ensure that your interests are protected. We are regularly retained by individuals to handle ancillary proceedings, but also receive many of our cases through referrals from other attorneys.

Ancillary Proceedings Disputes

We handle all types of disputes that may arise in an ancillary proceeding, including situations involving:

  • Foreign judgments in the name of the deceased
  • Mortgage foreclosure actions or property with delinquent or outstanding mortgage payments
  • Tax foreclosure actions, including tax liens

Real Estate Experience

Attorney Lawston has years of experience buying and selling residential and commercial real estate, and can assist you in an ancillary proceeding with:

  • Finding a realtor or purchaser for the out-of-state property
  • Resolving any liens or encumbrances on out-of-state property
  • Responding to foreclosure actions

Ancillary Proceedings


Probate & Estate Administration (Will)


Inheritance Rights


Estate Administration & Trust Litigation


Out of State
client services


Intestacy Estate Proceedings (No Will)

Get Legal Help from an Experienced Probate Lawyer

We will advise you throughout the estate administration process, helping ensure that you are granted authority over the estate in the state where the deceased resided at the time of death. We will also take all the necessary steps to initiate and complete the ancillary process in the state of New York.

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