Just a Simple Estate matter

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

Just a Simple Estate Matter

Avoid Litigation If Possible

Just a Simple Estate-Probate Attorney

Litigation is not necessary.

As an estate and probate attorney, we try to avoid litigation whenever possible. However, there are times when family members have issues and it becomes impossible that your only option is litigation. When family members do not agree, sometimes a Citation or Summons to Court or an attorney may need to file a motion requesting certain relief or the Court’s intervention.

Most matters are generally resolved without litigation.  Very few of our estate matters ever need to go to trial.   Most cases are resolved before.    If litigation is your only option, our office will seek to administer the Estate as quickly and as inexpensive as possible.

We are not just a litigation firm, but an estate administration and probate firm that provides a full service, as needed. This means we will help administer the estate for you from securing the real property, preparing the real property for sale, collecting all assets, settlement of liabilities and filing the necessary closing papers with the Court.  We handle a variety of estate matters, from small estates, ancillary matters to very large estates and trust administration.

Remember if you need to sell property or collect rent, as an example, we can petition the Court for permission to allow you to legally do what you need to do while the Estate probate or administration process is still pending in Court.  There are times where a relative must be served with papers or a person can not be located, while that is pending we can make an emergency application and obtain the relief needed to save the estate time and money.

If the decedent had a valid Will, it is called a “probate matter.”

  • If there is no Will, the estate proceeding is called an “administration matter.”
  • To collect, sell and distribute your loved one’s assets, either the person named in the Will or interested party (generally a family member) must apply to the Court for such appointment. A series of documents are prepared for execution and filed.

As our client, I can assure you that you will be informed of the entire process and what to expect.   We will provide the advice and guidance necessary so that you can minimize the expenses to the estate and to you.   If you are the fiduciary (executor, administrator or trustee) of the Estate, the legal fees are paid by the Estate and you entitled to be reimbursed for any estate related expenses as well as a commission.  We have many different types of retainers that we offer to help you with the financial matters and help alleviate the stress as much as possible.

Whether you reside in New York or not, we will file all the necessary papers with the Surrogate Court, marshal all the assets and file all the necessary papers to distribute the estate and close same out so you do not have it.  It’s simple, we will make the process simple for you.

Contact the Law Office of Bonnie Lawston

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 us today 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.