Mary Beth Heiskell
Mary Beth Heiskell has worked in several capacities for the federal and state government, the non-profit arena and the private sector. She has practiced land conservation law and held positions with a social-worker focus, including seven years as a State of Vermont employee, where she practiced social work and family advocacy for the VT Department of Children and Families. She graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Biology from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, and after some federal government employment, attended Vermont Law School (VLS). At VLS she earned a J.D., and an M.S.E.L. (Master of Studies in Environmental Law).
Prior to joining the firm of Turken, Heath & McCauley, Mary Beth practiced estates, trusts and real estate law in a law firm in Nassau County. Here she also independently learned the complicated realm of Medicaid financial eligibility planning for individuals seeking assistance for payment of care aides in their homes, or those entering a nursing home. Mary Beth also specializes in helping families establish Special Needs Trusts for family members who wish their loved one to have assistance in managing their finances and activities of daily living when they might no longer be able to assist them personally. For the last year of her practice at her former firm, Mary Beth was opening estates for 9/11 VCF claimants as joint counsel to Turken, Heath & McCauley, so she joins the firm with a sound understanding of the nuances of the Surrogate’s Courts in filing and administering the firm’s estate petitions.
In addition to her legal credentials, Mary Beth also holds a NYS CSAC (counseling certification) and is a member of the Nassau County Bar Association, the NYS Bar Association, the NY Women’s Bar Association, the National Association for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors, and the Nassau Counselor’s Association. She is also a board member of Harmony Health Care Long Island who manages five, federally-supported health clinics in Nassau County. In addition, Mary Beth is a Virtus-certified youth leader and a member of St. Brigid’s Parish, who enjoys assisting with their confirmation catechism program. At home, she enjoys spending some time practicing her certified Master Gardner skills while maintaining her (now small) gardens at her Westbury, VT home. Mary Beth is originally from Garden City and attended summer camp and high school with Regina Munster. After her college and subsequent employment years, she returned to Long Island in late 2017, after living in New England for over 20 years.
Mary Beth is admitted to practice before the Eastern District of New York, and also licensed to practice in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.