Estate Administration

Experienced Long Island Probate and Estate Lawyer

Probate and Estate Administration | Handling Estates with or without a Will

When a loved one has died, with or without a will, there’s often a great deal of uncertainty about how the estate will be settled. A proven New York estate and probate attorney can help simplify the process for you, so that you can meet all the legal requirements and settle the estate in a timely manner, in accordance with the decedent’s wishes. Attorney Bonnie Lawston can help.

Rely on an Experienced Probate Attorney for Estate Administration

At the Law Office of Bonnie Lawston, P.C., we concentrate the bulk of our practice on trust, estate and probate administration. We have a comprehensive understanding of the laws and legal procedures governing the probate process in New York. When you retain us to guide you through the probate process, we will help you:

  • Prepare a thorough inventory/accounting of all property of the estate, including bank accounts and insurance, real and personal property, investment and retirement accounts, and business assets
  • Notify all creditors of the estate and compile a list of all debts owed by the estate
  • Notify all potential beneficiaries of the estate
  • Determine the fair market value of all property of the estate, obtaining valuations when necessary
  • Ensure the payment of all final debts of the estate, as well as the filing of all necessary tax returns
  • Monitor the actions of executors, administrators, personal representatives or other fiduciaries of the estate to ensure they are not breaching any legal duties
  • Oversee the orderly distribution of the assets of the estate, either in compliance with the terms of the will, or with the New York intestacy laws (in the event there is no valid will)

Though we focus our practice on trust, probate and estate administration, we can advise you on legal disputes, such as will contests or other trust litigation issues.

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