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Helen M Smith

Wills and living wills Attorney at Baltimore, MD

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About Helen

Learn Helen’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Estate planning

    19 years

  2. Probate
    I prepare Federal and Maryland Estate Tax returns, and assist clients with all aspects of the probate process.

    19 years

  3. Trusts

    19 years

  4. Wills and living wills
    I prepare Wills, Health Care Directives and Powers of Attorney for clients.

    19 years

I worked as a paralegal full-time while attending law school at night.  I have been an attorney since 2004, but have been working in the estate planning and probate fields since 1999.  I feel that my experiences as a paralegal and an evening student give me a greater level of understanding of the probate and estate planning processes. 

Licensed for 18 years
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 2005
Updated 06/08/2022
State MD
Status Active
Acquired 2004
Updated 11/19/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Posted by Ken | July 9, 2015
An attorney that can be trusted
I hired Helen Smith to help control an out of control personal representative and his attorney. Helen Smith was accessible, responsive, knowledgeable and always there with sound legal advice. At times, she had to correct the other attorney who didn't seem to know what she was doing. She also helped represented my brother in this estate settlement. She was able to lessen the abuse by the personal representative to my brother and was able to secure items of the estate that were promised him. She continued to help with this estate settlement even after she changed law firms. She is a very skillful and very "smart" attorney. Had she been hired as the estate attorney, the settlement would have been without controversy or angst. She helped me through one mediation and three exception hearings to help settle an estate that was always "out of control." Her billing was, I felt, very reasonable. She listened to what I had to say. She never spoke ill of the personal representative or his attorney, but she certainly could have if she wanted. And she really knows what she is talking about when responding to a legal question or awkward legal situation.
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Posted by anonymous | July 21, 2010
Excellent Attorney
Helen was responsive and knowledgeable. She was able to review and assess my needs and addressed each to my absolute satisfaction.


  • Hourly Rates $ 375-375 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 7.0 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Member
  • Fedder and Garten Professional Association
  • 2014 - Present
  • Member
  • Pessin Katz Law, P.A.
  • 2012 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Hodes, Pessin & Katz, P.A.
  • 2004 - 2012


  • University of Baltimore
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2007
  • University of Baltimore School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • Villa Julile College
  • Bachelor of Science
  • 1999


  • Baltimore Estate Planning Council
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Marc Geraci Student Tax Scholarship Award
  • University of Baltimore
  • 2004


Speaking Engagements

  • Basics of Estate Planning
  • Estate Planning
  • 2014

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Probate Attorney | Oct 25
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"I endorse this lawyer. Helen and I practice in the same areas of law. So I have had a chance to review many of her answers to Avvo questioners. I find that her advice is legally correct and her answers are to the point, practical and helpful. Helen is going to be an outstanding resource for the Avvo community for many years to come and I am very happy to endorse her. James Frederick"
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