Beneficiary Rights

Making the job of Executor, Administrator, Trustee and Probate easy for you

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

The Rights of Estate Beneficiaries

After the death of a loved one, you hope that everyone will honor the wishes of the deceased and ensure that the estate is distributed in accordance with his or her wishes. Unfortunately, people get greedy, and judgment often fails. When your relatives or others will not abide by the terms of a Will, litigation may become necessary to protect your rights. You want an experienced and successful estate litigation attorney to protect your rights.

Sometimes the terms of the Will are not clear, and you may need a construction proceeding to determine what was meant by those terms, we can assist you with that.

Sometimes the fiduciary or family member will not probate the Will or leave the decedent’s home and you need assistance, we can help.

At the Law Office of Bonnie Lawston, we have more than two decades of experience in the courtroom, handling estate litigation for clients throughout Suffolk County and Nassau County on Long Island. We have successfully represented clients in a broad range of estate matters, including disputes involving beneficiary rights. Whenever possible, we seek to negotiate mutually beneficial solutions. We will, however, aggressively protect your interests in court, if necessary.

Our Protection of Beneficiaries in Estate Litigation

We handle a broad range of legal actions involving the rights of estate beneficiaries, including cases involving:

  • The spousal right of election—We’ll make certain that, as a spouse, you receive as much of an estate as the law guarantees you by filing the necessary papers by the deadline prescribed by New York State law. We will also make sure that you receive all the credits and other distributions that you are entitled do that you do not always receive unless you specifically request same.
  • Kinship determinations—we represent clients in proceedings to establish kinship or blood relationship for purposes of claiming a beneficiary right to an estate inheritance.
  • Lost wills—Attorney Lawston can help you have a lost will admitted to probate, so that your loved one’s wishes are honored.
  • Fraudulent transfers—we’ll help you recover property wrongfully taken or distributed contrary to the provisions of the Will or contrary to New York State intestacy law through an administration process or trust matter.
  • The maximization and protection of inheritance rights—We aggressively fight to help you get all that you are entitled to as the beneficiary of an estate
  • Construction proceedings – Often, the terms of the will are not clear and can be interpreted differently to mean different things. If that is the case, it may be necessary to have a hearing, or you may need to depose the person who drafted the will to determine the intentions of the deceased, and to clarify what was truly meant by the terms of the document.


All of the above matters apply if you reside out-of-state, but have an interest in a New York estate. Whether you a fiduciary of a New York estate matter or a heir of a New York estate matter, but live in Florida, Georgia, New Hampshire, California, North Carolina, Virginia , Hawaii or some other state, we can assist you.

Contact the Law Office of Bonnie Lawston

If you have not put an effective plan in place for the orderly distribution of assets upon death, we can help. Contact Long Island estate lawyer Bonnie Lawston online or call our office at 631-425-7299 or 24/7 at 855-479-4700 to set up a free initial consultation.

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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. 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 (631)425-7299 for a free consultation.



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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