After assisting with a lengthy probate and the guardianship issues following the untimely death due to cancer of a dear friend, Varvara M. Gokea decided to continue helping families nominate guardianships for their minor children and create effective estate plans designed to reduce taxes while minimizing interference from the courts when families transfer assets to their loved ones.
After fifteen years representing clients in immigration matters, Ms. Gokea added Estate Planning to her practice to provide families the peace of mind that comes from having an estate plan in place.
Today, the firm provides families with assistance in Estate Planning, Elder Law, Probate and Administration of Estates. Recently, VM Gokea Law Group added Business Planning to its portfolio of client services.
Ms. Gokea has actively participated in numerous community and civic organizations and volunteered for the public benefit on pro bono basis. She volunteered for the New York City Bar in representing abused mothers and presently she volunteers for New York Law School Safe Passage Project representing children in special juvenile proceedings. While her children were growing up and attended The Greek Cathedral School, Ms. Gokea was the PA President and member of the Board of Trustees for the Cathedral Education. She is an active member of the Hellenic American Professional Women helping young professionals launch their careers as she serves on the Board of Directors of Energize Laboratories, a tech company financed by Columbia University.
Ms. Gokea received her Masters Degree in Electro-Mechanical Engineering from the Bucharest Institute of Technology in Romania and her Juris Doctorate from Widener University School of Law in Delaware and New York Law School in New York City.
Ms. Gokea is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey States, Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, and The United States Supreme Court.
Ms. Gokea is a member of the New York State Bar Association, Elder Law; the New York City Bar Association, Estate Planning Mentoring Circles; American Immigration Lawyers Association; as well as the New Jersey Bar Associations.
Varvara and her husband, George Gokea, are married for 25 years and have two sons, Rienzi (Enzi) Patrick Gokea (attending Columbia University in the City of New York – Mechanical Engineering) and Siegfried (Ziggy) Theodore Gokea (attending New York University- Stern Business School).