Settling an Estate in New York Without a Will

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

Settling an Estate in New York Without a Will

Administration proceedings

The process for distributing the assets in an estate varies, depending on whether the person who died had a valid will or trust, or had failed to put any estate planning measures in place. If the property was placed in a trust, it will typically avoid probate administration, but may require trust administration. If the person had a valid will in place, you must take the steps necessary to settle the estate through the probate process. If there was no will, the estate will pass under New York’s intestacy laws also known as an administration.

Administration of an Estate without a Will

We handle all matters related to the administration of an estate. We will help you:

  • Be legally appointed administrator (fiduciary or representative) of the estate
  • Compile an inventory/accounting of the debts and assets of the estate
  • Notify all interested parties, including heirs and creditors, of the administration of the estate
  • Determine the fair market value of estate property, as necessary
  • Settle and resolve all final debts of the estate in favor of the Estate
  • Obtain all necessary releases and file all closing documents with the court and applicable institutions
  • Ensure that inheritance or estate tax filings are completed
  • Oversee the orderly distribution of the estate in accordance with the terms of the applicable law

We also handle all types of disputes arising during or as a result of the administration of an estate.

Intestacy – died without a Will or Trust

If your loved one died without a valid will or trust in place, any property in the estate is distributed according to New York’s “intestacy” laws, which lay out exactly who is entitled to the property, and how much they are entitled to receive. We can represent you in an intestacy proceeding, so that you know assets are divided according to statutory requirements.

It is called an “administration” process.

  • We will commence the legal proceedings to obtain your appointment or file the necessary papers to obtain your share of the Estate.
  • We will walk you through the process and complete all the documents including the collection and search of all assets, distribution, payments of all debts and liabilities and closing documents with the Court, as needed.
  • We also handle kinship hearings as well.

Contact the Law Office of Bonnie Lawston

If you have not put an effective plan in place for the orderly distribution of assets upon death, we can help. Contact Long Island estate administration attorney Bonnie Lawston online 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.

Planning for retirement

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.