Lectures Presented

Recent Lectures and Programs Presented:

  • New York Women’s Bar Association – October 23, 2013 “Practicing in the New York County Surrogate’s Court”, Speaker and Organizer of program.
  • New York Women’s Bar Association, June 2, 2014 “The ABC’s of Probate and Administration”, Co-Chair of Program and Speaker.
  • New York State Bar Association – May 21, 2012 “Basics and Advantages of Trusts and Estates Mediation”, Co-Chair, Organizer and Speaker.
  • “Estate Litigation in the New York County Surrogate’s Court: Resolving Family Disputes Through Mediation”, Feb. 25, 2014 (held at the Surrogate’s Court).
  • Speaker, New York County Lawyers Association – “The Advantages of Mediating Trusts, Estates and Guardianship Disputes”, March 31, 2015 (Organizer of program and Speaker).
  • New York Women’s Bar Association – March 12, 2015 “Mediation in the Commercial Division and the Southern District”, Co-Chair, Organizer and Speaker.
  • “The Advantages of Mediating Trusts, Estates and Adult Guardianship Disputes”, NYS Bar Association June 23, 2014, Co-Chair, Organizer and Speaker of program.
  • “Mediation in Trusts and Estates and Elder Law Matters”, NYS Bar Association Trusts & Estates section , Fall Meeting, Rochester, NY Oct. 17, 2014″
  • Leona Beane was awarded the Jack Lerner Distinguished CLE Lecturer Award by New York County Lawyers Association on June 26, 2001 in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the Association’s Continuing Legal Education Program.

Leona  Beane’s Lecture

  • Lecturer and speaker at the Judicial Institute’s Guardian Program for Judges (White Plains) sponsored by the Guardianship and Fiduciary Services of the Office of Court Administration, April 28, 2003.
  • Speaker on Guardians and Guardians ad Litem at Judicial Seminars sponsored by Office of Court Administration, Rye, July 8, 1998 and July 15, 1998; and July 14, 1999.
  • Speaker, Program to train Court Examiners, sponsored by the Appellate Division, 1st Dep’t. January 20 & 27, 1999.
  • Leona Beane has chaired, organized and lectured at well over 60 Certified Guardian/Court Evaluator training programs pursuant to Article 81 of the Mental Hygiene Law (MHL) in different parts of the State for several different bar associations, including co-chairing the programs at New York County Lawyers Association, chairing the programs at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, chairing and organizing programs for the Bronx Bar Association (jointly with several minority Bar Associations) in 1994, 1995 and 1998, organizing and chairing several programs for the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, and for the Metropolitan Women’s Bar Association, in addition to having lectured at several certified guardian/court evaluator training programs for the New York State Bar Association and Practicing Law Institute. All of these programs were pursuant to approval for Article 81 Training by the New York State Office of Court Administration.

The following is a list of some of the certified guardian/court evaluator training programs arranged, chaired and moderated and lectured at by Leona Beane:

  • New York County Lawyers Association, March 26 & April 2, 2002; September 19 & 26, 2002; April 3 & 10, 2003; next program, November 13 & 20, 2003.
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York, May 21, 2002; December 5, 2002; May 20, 2003; December 16, 2003.
  • Metropolitan Women’s Bar Association (jointly with the Jewish Lawyers Guild and Association of Small Claims Arbitrators), January 29 & February 5, 2002.

Lectured at the following Additional Certified guardian/court evaluator training programs:

  • New York State Bar Association –“Duties and Responsibilities of the Court Evaluator.” October 27, 1993; November 5, 1998; November 6, 1998 (Syracuse).
  • Practicing Law Institute — “Role of the Court Evaluator.” July 30, 1993; June 1, 1994; “Duties of the Guardian,” October 8, 1997; October 14, 1998; August 16, 1999; August 11, 2000; August 21, 2001.
  • Leona Beane has been chairing and lecturing for the Advanced Issues in Guardianship Programs at New York County Lawyers Association, as follows:
  • “Advanced Guardianship Issues,” October 19, 1993; June 7, 1994; March 24, 1995; September 27, 1995; May 22, 1996; May 21, 1997; May 20 & 27, 1998; May 19 & 26, 1999; June 12 & 19, 2000 “Litigated Contested Issues and Advanced Issues in Guardianship,” October 24 & 31, 2002.

Leona Beane has also lectured at the following CLE Programs relating to Guardianship:

  • New York State Bar Association, Elder Law, “Hot Topics in Guardianship,” November 21, 2002.
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Medicaid and Long Term Care Planning, speaker on “Guardianship Related Issues,” February 15 & 22, 2001; October 2, 2001; February 14, 2002; February 13, 2003.
  • New York County Lawyers Association, Medicaid and Guardianship Issues, September 25, 2001; October 15, 2002.
  • New York State Bar Association, “Advanced Guardian Topics: The Special Guardian,” June 15, 1995.
  • Practicing Law Institute, “Annual Elder Law Institute.” speaker on “Guardianship,” July 21, 1999; June 28, 2000.
  • Metropolitan Women’s Bar Association, “The Infant’s Compromise Order,” April 22, 1999.
  • New York State Bar Association, “Intermediate Elder Law”, speaker on Guardianship, December 7, 2000.
  • Leona Beane speaker on Surrogate’s Court Proceedings
  • “A Road Map to the Surrogate’s Court,” NYS Trial Lawyers Association, May 19, 1993.
  • “Winding Up a Guardianship and Turning over the Assets to the Estate,” Brooklyn Bar Association Surrogate’s Court Committee Section Meeting, March 25, 2002.