Fraudulent Transfers

Fraudulent Transfers, abuse and other matters

Even though the terms of a Will may clearly specify who is to receive certain assets, it’s not uncommon for executors or personal representatives to convey, or for heirs or beneficiaries to take, property without the supervision or permission of the court, or contrary to the terms of the will.

Common wrongful occurrences and abuse by family and those in charge is living in the house and delaying the sale and administration of the Estate. Transfers of property or money, the payment of non-estate related expenses, living in the house that belongs to the estate when it should be sold, not paying rent to the estate when appropriate—these are all examples of fraud, for which estate representatives can be held legally accountable. These fraudulent transfers can happen in any type of estate proceeding, from the probate of a will to the administration of a trust.

You need an experienced and meticulous attorney to protect your interests, as fiduciaries often try to hide transfers by engaging in many small transactions. For example, fiduciaries may try to charge an estate for travel expenses unrelated to the administration of an estate or for alleged cleanup costs of an estate that involve their own property. Other fraudulent transfers of more significance may include the transfer of the deed of the house or proceeds of a bank account right before death.

If someone has improperly transferred property in an estate to which you are an heir or beneficiary, you want an experienced attorney to protect your rights. We can help.

At the Law Office of Bonnie Lawston, we have more than two decades of estate litigation experience, helping clients in Suffolk County and Nassau County on Long Island. We provide strong and assertive counsel, fighting to protect your interests and maximize your inheritance. We work extensively with out-of-state beneficiaries of estates in New York.


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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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