Helena S. Mock

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in Williamsburg, VA

The Peninsula Center for Estate and Lifelong Planning
 | 461 McLaws Circle, Suite 2
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Phone: 757-969-1900
Fax: 757-969-1903
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2021
Selected To Rising Stars: 2007 - 2008
Licensed Since: 2000
Practice Areas:
  • Estate Planning & Probate (70%),
  • Business/Corporate (20%),
  • Nonprofit Organizations (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Founder of The Peninsula Center for Estate and Lifelong Planning, Helena S. Mock represents clients throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia who need legal services related to estate and business planning. An Accredited Estate Planner with an Avvo rating of “Superb”, Ms. Mock is also accredited to aid U.S. military veterans of the with obtaining benefits from the VA by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

    Within the legal focus of estate planning, Ms. Mock handles the following types of cases: probate and trust administration, business planning, charitable planning, retirement asset planning, elder law and long-term care planning, life care planning, Medicaid and veteran’s benefits, and guardianships and conservatorships. She also handles legal issues for local nonprofit organizations, fiduciary accounting matters, estate and gift taxes, trust reformation or modification, and business exit planning.

    Admitted to practice by the Virginia Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, Ms. Mock is also served as an adjunct Professor of Law at the William & Mary Law School for more than 15 years and received the St. George Tucker Adjunct Professor of Law award in 2014. She also holds the designation of Accredited Estate Planner from the National Association of Estate Planners &  Councils.

    After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland, Ms. Mock went on to Old Dominion University and received a Master of Arts degree, then on to the College of William & Mary Law School to earn her Juris Doctor. She is a member of the Clinical Legal Education Association, the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association, the Trusts and Estates Section of the Virginia State Bar, The Virginia Bar Association, the Williamsburg Bar Association and the Peninsula Estate Planning Council.

    Practice Areas
    • 70%Estate Planning & Probate
    • 20%Business/Corporate
    • 10%Nonprofit Organizations
    Focus Areas

    Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Probate & Estate Administration, Business Formation and Planning, Non-profit & Tax-exempt Organizations


    Selected to Super Lawyers for 9 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 2 years

    Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2021 Rising Stars: 2007 - 2008

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  • Asset Protection: What You Really Need to Know (2015) - The Asset Protection Trust is a self-settled irrevocable trust that is created to hold certain assets and, as a result, you are no longer deemed to own those assets. Virginia law does allow a settlor to create a self-settled spendthrift trust which is shielded from the reach of the settlor's creditors. In order for the assets to be protected, the trust must be a “qualified self-settled spendthrift trust” as defined under Virginia law.

  • What Happens to Your Digital Assets After You Pass Away (2020) - Virginia defines a digital asset as an electronic record in which an individual has a right or interest. Article 3.1 of the Virginia Code is the Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act, which describes how to protect your digital accounts after you pass away.  This Article provides that your trustee, personal representative, or agent under a power of attorney is allowed to manage your digital assets and can restrict the fiduciary from accessing your electronic communications, including emails and texts, unless otherwise specified in your estate planning documents.  

  • Planning for Your Special Needs Beneficiary (2019) - Special Needs Planning involves setting aside assets which will benefit the disabled person but will not disqualify her for government benefits. The main purpose of a Special Needs Trust is to enhance the quality of life for the disabled person by providing funds that will supplement what the individual otherwise receives from the government.

  • What You Need to Know About Automatic Spousal Entitlements Under Virginia Law (2020) - Every married person should be aware of the statutory claims available for a surviving spouse under Virginia law which provide, essentially, that you cannot disinherit your spouse without your spouse’s consent.

  • Using Qualified Retirement Plan Assets to Fund a Charitable Remainder Trust After the SECURE Act of 2019 (2020) - Under the new 2019 SECURE Act, a new maximum “stretch” period for non-spousal beneficiaries of qualified retirement plan assets was limited to ten (10) years. Rather than having the non-spousal beneficiary withdraw the entire amount of the funds within 10 years, a charitable remainder trust (CRT) could be established to stretch those distributions over the life of the beneficiary with the balance passing to charity at the individual's death.

  • About Helena Mock

    Admitted: 2000, Virginia

    Professional Webpage: http://www.tpcestate.com/Attorney-Profiles/Helena-S-Mock-esq...


    • Attorney of the Year, Top 100 Registry, 2020
    • Top Attorneys In Virginia, Richmond Magazine, 2020
    • Client Champion - Silver, Martindale Hubbell, 2020
    • Top Lawyer, Coastal Virginia Magazine, 2020
    • America's Most Honored Lawyers, The American Registry, 2020
    • Top Lawyers of Coastal Virginia, Top Lawyer, Coastal Virginia Magazine, 2019
    • Legal Elite, Virginia Business Magazine, 2015
    • Top Lawyers of Coastal Virginia, Top Lawyer, Coastal Virginia Magazine, 2018
    • Client Distinction Award, Martindale-Hubbell, 2013
    • Client Distinction Award, Martindale-Hubbell, 2015
    • Recognized for excellence in teaching, St. George Tucker Adjunct Professor of Law, William & Mary Law School, 2014
    • 10 Best Estate Planning Attorney - Virginia - Exceptional and Outstanding Client Service, 10 Best Attorneys, American Institute of Legal Counsel, 2018
    • ..., AVVO Client's Choice Award, AVVO, 2016
    • Top Lawyer, Worldwide Registry, 2014
    • Demonstrating excellent client care, Client Satisfaction Award, American Institute of Legal Counsel - Elder Law Division, 2016
    • Recognized as SuperLawyer, Global Strategy Group, 2013-2019, Virginia Super Lawyer, 2019
    • ..., Virginia Exceptional Lawyer, Richmond Magazine, 2017

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Accredited Estate Planner, National Association of Estate Planners & Councils, 2016
    • Department of Veterans Affairs Accredited Attorney, 2011

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Member, Life Care Planning Law Firms Association, 2016-Present
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 2002
    • Virginia Peninsula Estate Planning Council, Member since 2001
    • President, Virginia Peninsula Estate Planning Council, 2017 - 2018
    • Member, Virginia State Bar
    • Secretary, Virginia Peninsula Estate Planning Council, 2013-2014
    • 2nd Vice President, Peninsula Estate Planning Council, 2015-2016
    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia, 2002
    • Member, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
    • Member, Williamsburg Bar Association
    • Treasurer, Newport News Bar Association, 2002-2007
    • 1st Vice President, Virginia Peninsula Estate Planning Council 2016-2017
    • Virginia Supreme Court, 2000
    • Member, Virginia State Bar, Trust & Estates Section, Member since 2001
    • Member, Virginia Bar Association
    • Treasurer, Virginia Peninsula Estate Planning Council, 2014-2015

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Secretary and Board Member, Williamsburg House of Mercy, 2016 - Present
    • Director, William & Mary Law School Elder & Disability Law Clinic, 2012-2019
    • Secretary and Board Member, Mary Immaculate Hospital, 2012-2016

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    •   , Featured Speaker, Legal Tools for Caregivers, Virginia Caregiver Coalition, Elder Care, 2018
    •   , Speaker, Designing Your Life Plan: Long-Term Financial Planning and Legacy Building, College of William & Mary, 2019
    •   , Speaker, Protecting Assets While Qualifying for Medicaid, National Business Institute, Elder Law Attorneys, 2019
    • Speaker, Determining if the Spouse's Elective Share is a Reasonable Option, National Business Institute - The Probate Process from Start to Finish, 2013
    • Speaker, Maintaining an Ethical Balance in Probate Practice, National Business Institute - The Probate Process from Start to Finish, 2013
    • Speaker, Trust Administration / Ethical Issues, Virginia CLE - Trust Administration 2012
    • Speaker, Estate Planning in the Digital Age, Community Action Plan on Aging, 2012
    • Speaker, Trust Planning, National Business Institute - Trusts 101, 2010
    • Speaker, Estate Planning, National Business Institute - Top Estate Planning Techniques, 2009
    • Speaker, Estate Administration Issues, National Business Institute - The Probate Process from Start to Finish, 2008
    • Speaker, Elder Law Issues, National Business Institute - Elder Care in Virginia Legal & Financial Issues, 2005
    • Speaker, Estate Taxes, National Business Institute - How to Protect Assets During Live & Avoid Tax at Death in Virginia, 2004
    • Speaker, Estate Administration, National Business Institute - The Probate Process for Virginia Paralegals, 2003
    • Speaker, Medicaid Planning, National Business Institute, 2016
    • Adjunct Professor of Law, College of William and Mary School of Law, 2004 - Present
    • Speaker, Elder Law Issues for Family Caregivers, Virginia Caregiver Coalition, 2014
    • Speaker, Special Family and Lifestyle Tax Issues, 61st Annual William & Mary Tax Conference, 2015
    • St. George Tucker Adjunct Professor of Law, College of William & Mary Law School, 2015
    • Speaker, Top Post-Mortem Planning Techniques, National Business Institute - Top Estate Planning Techniques, 2014
    • Speaker, Special Needs Trusts, National Business Institute - Top Estate Planning Techniques, 2014

    Educational Background:

    • Old Dominion University, M.A., 1996
    • University of Maryland, B.A., 1992

    Industry Groups

    • Government Benefits
    • Taxation
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    Office Location for Helena S. Mock

    461 McLaws Circle
    Suite 2
    Williamsburg, VA 23185

    Phone: 757-969-1900

    Fax: 757-969-1903

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    Last Updated: 12/29/2020

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