Out of State Client Services
for New York Estate and NY Trust Matters
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
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, distribution, 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 beneficiary 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.
Generally, children have no right to inherit anything from their parents. In certain limited circumstances, however, children may be entitled to claim a share of a deceased parent’s property.
An example of some of the different types of situations is if a child is born after the parent made a will that leaves property to siblings, and the parent never revises the will to include that child. The law presumes that the parent didn’t intend to freeze out the newest child, but just didn’t get around to revising the will. In that situation, the overlooked child may have a right to a significant part of the parent’s assets. In some states, these laws apply not only to children, but also to any grandchildren of a child who has died.
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.
See Out of State Client Executors for more information.
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.
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.