E-mail MeHelena S. Mock
Helena began her career as a legal clerk with the United States Army. In 2000, she graduated from the College of William and Mary School of Law in Williamsburg, Virginia, and began her practice with the law firm of Jones, Blechman, Woltz & Kelly, P.C. in Newport News, Virginia. In 2004, Helena became a full partner. She later served as Chairman of the Estate Planning and Taxation Practice Group of the firm, supervising a team of attorneys, paralegals and other staff while attending to the needs of her many and varied estate planning and administration clients.
In May of 2010, Helena formed a law practice devoted to providing Virginia Peninsula clients with the best in estate and trust planning and administration: The Peninsula Center for Estate Planning and Elder Law, is located at The Atrium in Williamsburg. She continues to provide the same breadth and quality of services to clients throughout Hampton Roads, including the Middle Peninsula and the Northern Neck.
Helena has extensive experience in advising clients on all facets of estate, tax, and long-term care planning to include establishing revocable and irrevocable trusts, charitable trusts, limited liability companies and family limited partnerships, as well as drafting buy-sell agreements, shareholder agreements, marital agreements, wills, powers of attorney, medical directives, living wills and other estate planning documents necessary to protect clients both during lifetime and at death. She assists clients and their families with planning for future long-term care needs in evaluating ways to protect and preserve assets. She advises clients on methods available for protecting assets from income, gift, estate, and generation-skipping transfer taxes and helps clients in preserving wealth for future generations. In addition, Helena helps clients deal with issues such as incapacity and death of a loved one and guides clients through the process of administering trusts and estates. She regularly practices before the local courts in instituting guardianships and conservatorships, reforming trusts and wills, and handling a variety of other matters involving trusts and estates. Helena also often serves in the capacity of executor or trustee and has frequently been appointed by local courts to serve as a fiduciary.
Her expertise in estate planning has earned her recognition by her peers as Legal Elite by Virginia Business for six years (most recently see www.virginiabusiness.com December 2009) and by SuperLawyers as a Rising Star in 2007 and 2008. Additionally, she has been awarded the top "10" rating with AVVO.com, a respected legal website and resource. Helena has also been accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs to assist U.S. military veterans in planning and applying for benefits with the VA.
Helena is a frequent speaker on topics relating to her areas of practice and is an adjunct faculty member and writing specialist for the College of William and Mary School of Law.
Areas of Practice
- Estate Planning
- Estate & Trust Administration
- Business Succession Planning
- Charitable Planning
- Long Term Care Planning
- Elder Law Issues
- Medicaid Planning
- Medicaid Applications
- Veterans' Benefits
- Guardianships and Conservatorships
- Non-Profit Organizations
- Fiduciary Accounting
- Estate and Gift Taxation
- Retirement Asset Planning
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia, 2002
- U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 2002
- Virginia Supreme Court, 2000
- The College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law, Williamsburg, Virginia
- J.D. - 2000
- University of Maryland
- B.A. - 1992
- Old Dominion University
- M.A., - 1996
- Adjunct Faculty Member, College of William and Mary School of Law
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Peninsula Estate Planning Council, Member
- Williamsburg Bar Association, Member
- Virginia Bar Association, Member
- Virginia State Bar, Trust & Estates Sections, Member
Pro Bono Activities
- Former Director and Officer for Avalon, a Center for Women and Children, 2002 - 2003
- Former Treasurer, Newport News Bar Association, 2002 - 2007