Helen advises individuals, couples, families, and fiduciaries in all aspects of trust, estate, and guardianship matters, helping families navigate the legal landscape to achieve their goals.
As a Partner in the Private Client Services Department at Wiggin and Dana, Helen counsels individuals, couples, and families in tax-efficient estate, gift, and income tax planning. She advises individual and corporate fiduciaries regarding all aspects of trust and estate administration, including taxation and fiduciary law. She also negotiates and structures prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.
Helen routinely represents fiduciaries and beneficiaries before the New York Surrogate's Courts and Connecticut Probate Courts in a variety of matters, including probate proceedings, fiduciary appointments and removal, guardianship proceedings, accounting proceedings, and contested matters. Helen also represents fiduciaries in Article 81 guardianship matters.
Helen is committed to pro bono service and participates in the Planning and Estates Law Project (PELP) of the City Bar Justice Center, which offers free legal assistance with end-of-life planning, probate, and estate matters to low-income individuals in New York City. Helen co-chairs the Women of Wiggin (WOW), a group for networking and mentoring within Wiggin and Dana.
Helen is admitted to practice in Connecticut, New York, and Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Estates and Probate Section of the Connecticut Bar Association, the Trusts and Estates Section of the New York State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the New York City Bar Association’s Estate, Gift, and Taxation Committee.
Helen received her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, during which she served as Executive Notes and Comments Editor at the Brooklyn Journal of International Law. She received her B.A. in political science from Trinity College in Hartford.
- Brooklyn Law School (J.D., 1997)
- Trinity College (B.A., 1988)
- New York
Memberships and Affiliations
- American Bar Association
- Connecticut Bar Association
- Estates and Probate Section
- New York City Bar Association
- Trusts, Estates and Surrogate's Courts Committee
- New York State Bar Association
- Trusts and Estates Section