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I have lived in the Williamsburg area for over 23 years and find Williamsburg a wonderful place to live and raise a family.  I am a veteran of the U.S. Army, and my husband is retired from the Army.  We have two children, ages 15 and 19. Our daughter attends Lafayette High School, and our son attends Virginia Tech. We live in Ford's Colony with our dog, an American Eskimo named Casper, and a cat named Tinker.  I founded my law firm 6 years ago to assist individuals and families in preparing for all of life's transitions.  My firm is cient-focused, and our only goal is to do the best job we can for our clients.  Relationships are most important, and we view our clients as members of our extended families.  We want clients to feel comfortable and confident that we will be there for them when needed.  We are located in Williamsburg in the Busch Corporate Center. 

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Estate Planning: 40%
    16 years
  2. Probate: 30%
    16 years
  3. Elder Law: 20%
    14 years
  4. Guardianship: 10%
    16 years

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($150-375/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • James Vance Stallings

    Helena is a true professional and advocate for her clients. I have referred clients to her over the years and have always been pleased with the results. I am pleased to endorse her practice,

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    James Stallings Real estate Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Suanne Hardee Bryant

    Helena is a wonderful attorney who values personal relationships with her clients and peers. She has the utmost integrity and I highly recommend her services.

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    Suanne Bryant Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

The Peninsula Center for Estate and Lifelong Planning

461 McLaws Circle
Suite 2
Williamsburg, VA, 23185-5674

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
VAAuthorized to practice law200003/31/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerVirginia Super Lawyers2016
Top LawyerVirginia Coastal Magazine2015
Legal EliteVirginia Business Magazine2015
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2015
Super LawyerVirginia Super Lawyers2015
Top LawyerWorldwide Registry2014
St. George Tucker Adjunct Professor of LawWilliam & Mary School of Law2014
Super LawyerVirginia Super Lawyers2014
Super LawyerVirginia Super Lawyers2013
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2013
Attorney AccreditationDepartment of Veterans Affairs2011
Legal EliteVirginia Business Magazine2009
Virginia Rising StarVirginia Super Lawyers2008
Legal EliteVirginia Business Magazine2008
Virginia Rising StarVirginia Super Lawyers2007
Legal EliteVirginia Business Magazine2007
Legal EliteVirginia Business Magazine2006
Legal EliteVirginia Business Magazine2005
Legal EliteVirginia Business Magazine2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney / OwnerThe Peninsula Center for Estate and Lifelong Planning2010 - Present
Adjunct Professor of Law & Director of Elder Law ClinicCollege of William & Mary Law School2004 - Present
Attorney - PartnerJones, Blechman, Woltz & Kelly, P.C.1999 - 2010
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Life Planning Law Firms AssociationMember2015 - Present
Peninsula Estate Planning Council2nd Vice President2015 - Present
Mary Immaculate Hospital Board of DirectorsSecretary2015 - Present
Mary Immaculate HospitalBoard of Directors2013 - Present
Dream CatchersAdvisory Board Member2012 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMember2009 - Present
Peninsula Estate Planning CouncilMember2001 - Present
Virginia Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
Williamsburg Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
Virginia State BarMember2000 - Present
Peninsula Estate Planning CouncilTreasurer2014 - 2015
Peninsula Estate Planning CouncilSecretary2013 - 2014
Avalon - A Center for Women and ChildrenSecretary2002 - 2003
Newport News Bar AssociationMember2002 - 2011
Newport News Bar AssociationTreasurer2002 - 2007
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
Old Dominion UniversityEnglish Literature and the Teaching of EnglishMA - Masters1996
University of MarylandEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Medicaid PlanningTop Medicaid Planning Techniques2016
61st Annual William & Mary Tax ConferenceSpecial Family & Lifestyle Tax Issues2015
Virginia Caregiver CoalitionElder Law Issues for Family Caregivers2014
Top Estate Planning TechniquesTop Post-Mortem Planning Techniques2014
Top Estate Planning TechniquesSpecial Needs Trusts2014
The Probate Process from Start to FinishDetermining if the Spouse's Elective Share is a Reasonable Option2013
The Probate Process from Start to FinishMaintaining an Ethical Balance in Probate Practice2013
Trust Administration 2012Trust Administration / Ethical Issues2012
Community Action Plan on AgingEstate Planning in the Digital Age2012
Trusts 101Trust Planning2010
Top Estate Planning TechniquesEstate Planning2009
The Probate Process from Start to FinishEstate Administration Issues2008
Elder Care in Virginia: Legal & Financial IssuesElder Law Issues2005
How to Protect Assets During Life and Avoid Estate Tax at Death in VirginiaEstate Taxes2004
The Probate Process for Virginia ParalegalsEstate Administration2003