About Helayne Levy Payne, J.D., LL.M.
Elder Law and Life Care Planning attorney Helayne Levy Payne elevated her level of service to older adults to handle the complexities o 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, Helayne 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 case managers and geriatric advisors are passionate about advocating for aging adults in our community, and “walk the walk”, dedicating their professional and personal lives to furthering causes and efforts that make real differences in the lives of our aging adults.
Helayne 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 sponsors one of the most comprehensive conferences annually on Special Needs Trusts and Planning, attended by leading lawyers and experts in the field of Special Needs. Ms. Levy Payne is admitted to practice law in both North Carolina and New York.
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 served on the Board of Directors of Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc., (BSRI), the preeminent provider of services to senior adults in Brunswick County. BSRI is a voluntary non-profit organization whose mission is to promote well-being and enhance the quality of life for all senior adults of Brunswick County. It advocates for programs and delivers services encouraging and sustaining independence and continued participation in the community. Ms. Levy Payne has also 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) and the North Carolina Bar Association’s Elder Law Section Council as well as serving on the NAELA North Carolina Chapter’s Advocacy Committee. She is a member of Leading Lawyers on Estate & Long Term Care Planning. Helayne Levy Payne serves as a committee member for the Council of Governments Cape Fear Area Agency on Aging Elder Abuse Prevention Network. Wilmington’s Mayor Bill Saffo appointed Ms. Levy Payne to serve on the Board of Commissioners for the Wilmington Housing Authority, where she hoped to contribute her understanding of the specific issues affecting older adults to advance the affordable housing options available to them. Helayne serves as a lawyer-participant in North Carolina’s statewide Interdisciplinary Workgroup, Rethinking Guardianship, funded by a grant through the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities and focused on the pressing public policy issues and legislative advocacy to create changes and improvements in North Carolina’s guardianship system for those older adults who become adjudicated incompetent because they had no, or insufficient, legal documents. Her most recent advocacy efforts; however, is becoming a founding member of the National Alliance of Attorneys for Alzheimer’s Planning (“NA3P”), a new non-profit sponsored by Julieann Steinbacher, founder of Leading Lawyers on Estate & Long Term Care Planning attorney master-mind group, of which Helayne is a member. NA3P is the first 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. Alzheimer’s Disease is being characterized as a pandemic, with no end in sight and NA3P hopes to bring awareness to the research, experience, and exploration into the disease for both patients, family members and caregivers.