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Helayne Payne

The Elder Law & Life Care Planning Center

Helayne Payne

The Elder Law & Life Care Planning Center

Helayne Payne

The Elder Law & Life Care Planning Center

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, ?nancial, 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 ?rms 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. 

Firm Description

Our practice is dedicated to older adults and their families in need of well-guided life care planning and advocacy in the areas of long term care, asset protection, estate planning, Alzheimer’s planning, and geriatric care. We help families plan for life, at the various stages of our collective human experience as we age. We only practice elder law which makes us uniquely positioned to address the changing needs of people as they experience the expected, and often unexpected, phases of their lives. This includes:

  • Controlling what we have while we are alive and well;

  • Creating financial security and protection;

  • Planning for, and dealing, with Alzheimer’s Disease and related-dementias;

  • Planning for, and dealing with, other disability;

  • Health care advocacy/resident's rights;

  • Financing long term care (Veteran’s Benefits, Medicaid planning, Alternative payor sources for long term care funding;

  • Transitioning of residential living arrangements;

  • Planning for special needs beneficiaries;

  • Making the right decisions for oneself about one’s own inevitable mortality; including, the creation of a sound ‘exit strategy’ with known estate consequences of leaving a positive legacy for heirs.

Our Practice With Purpose strives to instill in clients a sense of control, comfort, and confidence in the way to live life now and with an ability to face an uncertain future with that same sense of control, comfort, and confidence.


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4436 Main St.
(910) 755-7526
Shallotte, NC 28470

2505 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28412

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