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
  • 212-608-0919
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

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