Helayne Levy Payne, M.A., J.D., CDP, CADDCT, LL.M. in Elder Law
Elder Law & Life Care Planning Attorney
As the aging-adult population continues to rise in New Hanover, Brunswick, and the surrounding counties, so has the need for experts who concentrate on protecting their rights. The questions surrounding aging do not have simple answers, and the legal needs of seniors often involve legal, ﬁnancial, personal, social, psychological, and medical components.
Elder Law and Life Care Planning attorney, Helayne Levy Payne, elevated her level of service to older adults to handle the complexities of aging by pursuing an advanced law degree from Stetson University College of Law in 2010 graduating with her Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in 2012 in Elder Law. In 2014, Ms. Levy Payne founded the Elder Law & Life Care Planning Center, the first in the State of North Carolina to become a member of the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association, an organization dedicated to supporting law ﬁrms that practice this innovation in Elder Law called, Life Care Planning. She and her team of attorneys, case managers, and geriatric advisors are passionate about advocating for aging adults in our community. They “walk the walk”, dedicating their professional and personal lives to furthering causes and efforts that make differences in the lives of aging adults.
Ms. Levy Payne received her Master’s degree from Columbia University and her Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree from Brooklyn Law School. She then pursued and received a Master of Laws degree in Elder Law from Stetson University’s Center for Excellence in Elder Law, located in St. Pete’s Beach, Florida. Stetson University College of Law is a national leader in Elder Law and hosts conferences attended by leading lawyers and experts.
Ms. Levy Payne’s focus on elder rights extends beyond the clients she represents and into the development of the public policies and advocacy efforts affecting seniors’ quality of life. She is committed to her community, clearly illustrated by her service to many organizations focused on Elder Care. Ms. Levy Payne has served on the Board of Directors of Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc., (BSRI), the preeminent provider of services to senior adults in Brunswick County. She has been elected by her fellow colleagues to serve on the North Carolina Chapter of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), the North Carolina Bar Association’s Elder Law Section Council, and the NAELA North Carolina Chapter’s Advocacy Committee. She is a member of Leading Lawyers on Estate & Long Term Care Planning. Ms. Levy Payne has served as a committee member for the Council of Governments Cape Fear Area Agency on Aging Elder Abuse Prevention Network. Wilmington’s Mayor William Saffo appointed Ms. Levy Payne to serve on the Board of Commissioners for the Wilmington Housing Authority, where she contributed her understanding of the specific issues affecting older adults to advance the affordable housing options available to older adult community members. Her most recent advocacy efforts include: serving as a lawyer-participant in North Carolina’s statewide Interdisciplinary Workgroup, Rethinking Guardianship, which is funded by a grant through the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities and focused on the pressing public policy issues as they apply to guardianship. Ms. Levy Payne is a founding member of the National Alliance of Attorneys for Alzheimer’s Planning (“NA3P”). NA3P is a new non-profit sponsored by Julieann Steinbacher, founder of Leading Lawyers on Estate & Long Term Care Planning attorney master-mind group, of which Ms. Levy Payne is also a member. NA3P is the first organization of its kind and is hyper-focused on bringing much-needed resources and services to the general public; patients afflicted with the disease of Alzheimer’s and related dementias; and their caregivers. NA3P hopes to bring awareness to the research, experience, and exploration into the disease for both patients, family members, and caregivers. Ms. Levy Payne is admitted to practice law in both North Carolina and New York.
Ms. Levy Payne married the love of her life, Col. Wayne James Payne, USMC (Ret.) on June 9, 2018. She lives with her son, Aaron, her daughter, Samantha, their dog-children, Bull and Soupsy, and their cat, Medusa, in Wilmington, North Carolina. Her parents, Dr. Benjamin and Linda Levy, die-hard New Yorkers, followed Ms. Levy Payne to North Carolina and now live in Wilmington as well.
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