Leona Beane

Leona Beane

A New York City guardianship, trusts & estates, wills & probate law firm helps individuals and businesses

Firm Overview

Leona Beane has been a lawyer for more than 30 years. Skillfully handling your case and protecting you while upholding your best interests, attorney Leona Beane helps you achieve a fair resolution in all your legal matters. You can feel confident I will stand up for your rights.

I routinely handle cases involving:

-Guardianship - all aspects, and all types-aged, disabled, children, etc.

-Trusts and estates

-Wills and probate

-I also serve as a Mediator and arbitrator: in various proceedings-contracts, partnerships, corporations, closely held businesses, employment disputes, estate matters and many additional types of disputes in mediation and arbitration

Main Office

Main Office
11 Park Place Suite 1100
New York NY 10007



Estate Planning


With more than 30 years of experience, attorney Leona Beane possesses in-depth knowledge about all aspects of trusts and estate issues, including:
-Estate planning
-Estate tax issues
-Executor's Duties and Duties of an Administrator
-Living wills
-Living trusts
-Probate and will disputes
-Will drafting and execution
-Powers of Attorney

Estate Planning
I can advise you on the best approach to your estate planning-- thoroughly analyze your estate with you and strategize the best means of transferring your assets pursuant to your wishes and desires; efforts made to minimize taxes, establishing guardianship for your children, supporting personal philanthropic causes, and protecting your loved ones. Draft a will that reflects your desires; establish a living trust, if beneficial to your estate.

Extensive knowledge and experience about the New York probate court (Surrogate's Courts) to guide you through the complex process of probating a will, and administering an estate. I assist executors and administrators in all steps of the process, including( but not limited to) the following:
-Creating a plan of action to probate the estate fairly and expeditiously
-Filing the will with the New York Surrogate's Court and filing all documents for probate
-Closing bank accounts and opening estate accounts
-Transferring assets from the deceased to the estate
-Valuing the estate - dealing with appraisers
-Managing and liquidating assets as appropriate
-Paying taxes and other debts
-Locating beneficiaries
-Hiring professionals and experts when necessary

Leona Beane

Leona Beane

Practice Areas
-Trusts and Estates
-Estate Planning
-Surrogate's Court Proceedings
-Estate Administration
-Mediator in Business and Commercial Disputes

-City College of New York (B.B.A.; M.B.A.); Columbia University, M.S.
-New York Law School, J.D.

Admitted to Practice Law:
-1969, New York; 1973, U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; 1978, U.S. Supreme Court

New York State Bar Association ( was Vice Chair Dispute Resolution Section; Member, Sections on: Trusts and Estates; Elder Law; Business Law); American Bar Association ( Dispute Resolution Section); American Judges Association; New York County Lawyers Association (was Chair, ADR Committee, 4 yrs; Member of several committees and sections); New York Women's Bar Association (Member, Board of Directors; Co-Chair, Trusts and Estates Committee, Chair ADR Committee); Association of Conflict Resolution (ACR), Commercial Section, and Elder Decision Making; New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators (NJAPM); Member, National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.

Tenured Full Professor of Law, Baruch College, (CUNY) 1978-1999. Currently Professor Emeritus, Lawyer, Mediator and Arbitrator.

Author: "Guardians and Guardians Ad Litem - What are the Differences?" NYL J. P.1, September 4, 1997; "Should Mediation Be Available as an Option to Reduce Litigation in Contested Guardianship Cases?" NYS Bar, P.27, June 2002; "Beware the Misuse of Powers of Attorney," NYL J. P.4, August 23, 2002; "What is Mediation and How Does It Work?" NYLJ, P.4, October 29, 2007; Utilizing Mediation to Resolve Estate Litigation," Trusts & Estates, NYSBA, P.7, fall 2008; "Incorporating Mediation Within the Guardians' Powers," Elder Law Attorney NYSBA, P.10, fall 2008; "Mediation and Estate Litigation," DR Lawyer NYSBA, P.62, spring 2009

Author, Chapter 26, "MEDIATION," New York Lawyer's Deskbook, NYSBA 2008; Author of several additional writings on guardianship and other legal topics, including "Corporate and Partnership Law" Ch.1, NY Lawyers Deskbook; author of several chapters, "Guardianship Practice in NYS" plus several additional writings.

Mediator for the following panels: Commercial Division, Supreme Court; Federal District Courts, So & East. Districts; Bankruptcy Court , So & East. Districts; New Jersey Superior Court; Attorney Fee Disputes, First Department; E.E.O.C.; Safe Horizon (certified, N.Y.S.); New York City Bar Co-Ops and Condos Mediation Program.

Certified Mediator, North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission, NC Superior Court.

Arbitrator: Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA); National Futures Association. Has served as a Special Master, Supreme Court, NY for over 20 years; serves as Special Master - Mediator, Appellate Division - 1st Department.


New York Law School