Out of State Client Services for New York Estate and NY Trust Matters

Maximizing your inheritance. We protect your interests as a Beneficiary when you reside outside of New York for a NY Estate.

Legal fees paid for from Inheritance or by the Estate.

Exclusive focus on New York Probate, Estates & Trusts · 20+ years of experience · Various retainer options available

Phone: (631) 425-7299

Out of State Executor or Administrator Attorney for New York Probate & Estate matters. All issues handled.

Probate | Estate Administration | Wills & Trusts Contests | Accounting | Estate Litigation | Estate Planning | Elder Law

“Helping Out-of-State Executors, Administrators, Trustees, & Beneficiaries”

When you lose a loved one and are left to administer their estate it is hard to know where to turn. The Law Offices of Bonnie Lawston has represented estates and trusts clients for over twenty years and our experienced staff can help you with estate administration and estate related issues—no matter how large or small.

It is even more difficult if you live out of state and your loved one died in New York and had assets in New York.   However, our office has the experience, training and assets to make this process easy, affordable and expeditiously as possible.

We can help you with legal services in all estate matters including:

  • Filing court documents necessary to appoint a fiduciary, also known as executor or administrator
  • Locating the estate’s assets
  • Securing all the assets of the estate
  • Preparing the assets for sale or other transfer, conducting and completing the transaction
  • Accounting, disbribution, releases and closure of the estate
  • Litigation, i.e. contesting wills, estate accounting, breach of fiduciary duty and all other matter to protect the estate and the benificiary rights
  • Heirship and kinship hearings
  • Guardianship hearings
  • Infant compromises

Over the years our estates and trusts law firm has established relationships with other professionals who help us protect our clients and serve their needs. Our network of professionals includes: health care administrative companies, a select, handpicked group of real estate agents and construction companies, bond companies, financial consultants, Certified Public Accountants, and other experienced professionals whose fields relate to the management of estate matters.

Our law offices are located Nassau and Suffolk Counties, New York, but we can help you with your estate matter even if you live out of state. We also do travel to meet clients when necessary. Ms. Lawston, has practiced for over 20 years, and serves on the panel of Guardian Ad Litem for Suffolk and Nassau Counties and also attends Suffolk County Surrogate Court Committee meetings and gatherings.

Mandatory in-state executor but that is not the case for a New York matter

In Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Iowa, the District of Columbia, Connecticut, and Vermont, a judge or other public official in the state where the probate is held can serve as an in-state agent or approve an out-of-state executor. However, in New York, if you are named in the will to serve as the executor or trustee it does not matter where you live.

You Can Be an Out-of-State Executor, Trustee, or Administrator

You do not have to be a New York resident to serve as an executor, trustee, or administrator in a New York Estate or trust matter.   In fact, many of our clients live outside of New York and are executors and administrators.  Much of the correspondence, documentation and process can be handled via email, phone conversations, and overnight mail services.

Our many years of representing clients who are executors, administrators and beneficiaries of New York estates has enabled us to become experienced in all sides of estate administration, including litigation of all of the different stages of a matter. Regardless of the size of an estate, there are stages that all estates must go through. We know the pitfalls that many clients face during probate and can advise you about how to proceed properly, and how to avoid any unnecessary litigation or complications in the future. Our skilled team is also understanding real estate matters and dealing with businesses that may or may not be related to the estate, but that may affect it.

Contact an Experienced New York Estate and Probate Litigator Today

Whether you need legal help with trust and estate administration or litigation, our New York law firm can guide you in carrying out your fiduciary responsibilities or protect your interests from a negligent fidiciary. To discuss your estate or trust matter, contact us online, call us at (631) 425-7299 to schedule a free consultation today.

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.

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Don’t put your loved ones at risk. Contact us today or call our office at 631-425-7299 24/7 to set up a free initial consultation.


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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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