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Bonnie Lawston

Bonnie Lawston

Diligent experienced estate and probate attorney. Over 25 years of experience.
  • Probate, Estate Planning
  • Connecticut, Florida, New York
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Jimmy J. April 28, 2021
Our family found the attorney we needed! Our family, and extended family, spent years second guessing important decisions we had made. As years went by, these decisions became more important, and guessing was no longer a viable option. After much research, we found Bonnie Lawston. She has been guiding so many of our decisions for many years now. We have complete confidence in her guidance, as do our parents as well as our children. We are grateful to Bonnie and her staff for the peace of mind.
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Biography

We provide probate , estate administration and trust services to clients
that have a loved one that died a resident of New York, Long Island or has
real estate in New York but died in another state.

We also provide extensive estate planning services to our clients that reside in New York.

A large part of our practice is working with out-of-state executors, heirs,
beneficiaries and trustees who reside in Florida, Texas, New Jersey, North
and South Carolina, Maryland, and other U.S. states as it relates to the New
York or Florida Estate or Trust matter.

Practice Areas
    Probate
    Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
    Estate Planning
    Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
Additional Practice Areas
  • Estate Administration
  • Fiduciary Rights and Duties
  • Fiduciary Commissions
  • Ancillary Estate & Administration Proceedings
  • Inheritance Rights
  • Intestacy Rights
  • Spousal Rights
  • Children's Rights
  • Kinship Proceedings
  • Estate litigation
  • Will Contests
  • Trust litigation
  • Trust Administration
  • Estate Planning - Wills, Trusts, Power of Attorney, Living Wills, Health Care Pr
  • Real estate closings - sales and purchases
  • Entertainment Client Personal Services
  • Corporate & Business Law
Video Conferencing
  • Zoom
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    Initial consultations are free!
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Connecticut
State of Connecticut Judicial Branch
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Florida
The Florida Bar
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New York
New York State Office of Court Administration
ID Number: 2597169
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Founder
Law Office of Bonnie Lawston, P.C.
Current
Certified Member
Guardian Ad Litem Panel for Surrogate Court in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
Current
Former Certified Member
18B Family and Criminal Court Panel for Suffolk County Courts,
Current
Former Certified Member
Referee Panel for Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
Current
Education
Touro Law School
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Long Island University - C.W. Post Campus
B.A. (1989) | Criminal Justice
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Honors: Criminal Justice Honors
Activities: President Criminal Justice Association - 2 years
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Long Island University - C.W. Post Campus
B.A. (1989) | Criminal Justice
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Honors: Criminal Justice Honors
Activities: President Criminal Justice Association - 2 years
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Professional Associations
New York State Bar
Member
- Current
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Publications
Legal Answers
6 Questions Answered
Q. Mother past away, her portion of aunt's will to split between my sister & I. Lawyer hasn't sent info to start.
A: You may compel an accounting 7 months after the appointment of a fiduciary and admitting the Will to probate. The accounting would also force the estate to distribute the funds. You do not need to be in NY but retain the services of an attorney who practices in NY. Our clients who have interests in NY and Florida estates, live all over the country.
Q. Can a sole executor of a will (also a beneficiary) sell real property without the other beneficiaries approval ?
A: The executor has the right and obligation to administer the estate which generally means selling the real property as soon as reasonable possible and appropriate. The executor must do what’s right for the estate and maximize the inheritance no matter who is the beneficiary.
Q. My dad passed on August 20 2021 and my mom passed on June 27 2021, i live in my dads house and have since 1995 this has
A: If the deed was held as husband and wife, with rights of survivorship, then it passes to the last spouse, your father who died after your mom. Your father’s children share in his estate. You can buy them out at fair market value and save on broker fees and other.
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Contact & Map
Law Office of Bonnie Lawston, P.C.
1841 New York Avenue
Huntington, NY 11746
Telephone: (631) 425-7299
Fax: (866) 431-0101
Monday: 9 AM - 8 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 8:30 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 10 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: 8 AM - 8 PM
Sunday: Closed
Notice: 24/7. You can always reach our attorneys. Leave a message and if after hours and it is an emergency, our attorneys will call you back.
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