Confidence and Peace of Mind
Posted by Diane White
May 10, 2016
From our initial consultation, Helayne provided my brother and me peace of mind and confidence that we had come to the right place. Dueq to some complications with my father's will and beneficiary designations, we were in jeopardy of my brother losing public assistance and benefits. Helayne explained our options and guided us through a process to ensure he received his share of my father's estate while maintaining his benefits. Helayne treated my special needs brother with dignity and respect. She was honest, compassionate, and competent. She answered every question with patience. She was promptly responsive to our calls. It was evident that she was passionate about her job and that she wanted to do a good job for us...and she did. At a time when we were grieving and unsure of what to do, Helayne was an answer to our prayers. I cannot recommend her highly enough. Thank you, Helayne.
THE BEST LAWYER, HUMAN BEING, YOU'LL EVER MEET!!
Posted by Denise
April 20, 2016
Helayne Levy is the most compassionate, caring lawyer, and person I've ever met. From the minute we walked in, she made my father and I feel as if we we're her only clients. Her entire staff did the same. From the smiles on their faces when they greeted us, to the reassuring sound in their voices, I knew we were in the right place. My parents needed some major changes to their Will, along with other legal papers. Advanced directives, power of attorney, medical power of attorney, and more. After all their years of working hard, and saving, my mother's medical situation had become dire. Dad, was now with a walker and I was their sole caregiver. Scared and unsure of the proper way to handle any of this. Helayne sat us down and talked to us. Just talked to us. Not in legal terms, that we would never understand. But in layman's terms. She took the time to understand who my parents were. What they wanted, what their needs were. She then set a plan in motion, which covered everything important to them.
Once all the papers were drawn up and signed, I thought what a wonderful thing. Peace of mind for them both and no more worrying about what's going to happen. We could dedicate our time solely to making mom comfortable in her final days.
But Helayne's compassion did not stop once she was paid. She keep in touch. When mom was called to heaven, Helayne herself, came to her funeral.
My father declined rapidly at this point, and still Helayne kept in constant contact. Even coming to see him, just to say hi and check on him. If i was ever unsure of something, all i had to do was call, and she would respond. Usually right then, or within minutes, I'd get a call back. She would make him smile and laugh even while he faced death. Her continuous contact with us was not only amazing to me, but very comforting to my father and I. In his final hours, he continued to say, how at ease he was, knowing everything he worked for was in order, and would be executed the way THEY wanted it. From funeral arrangements to property and personal belongings being disbursed. He considered her a friend, and even called her his Family at that point. It was only 6 months later, that dad joined mom in heaven. Again, Helayne attended the funeral.
Helayne is the most amazing person, not to mention lawyer I've ever had the privilege to meet. Being the only family they had, and the sole caregiver to both was tough. But she allowed me, to give them all my time and caring without the worry of legal issues. She took that away, so I could make their final hours comfortable and full of love. Without her, that would have been impossible.
I've dealt with other lawyers in the past, but Helayne....she's not just a lawyer. If you're her client, she makes you feel like Family. It's been 1 year for mom, and 6 months for dad, and Helayne and I still talk. She's amazing.
I recommend Helayne Levy to everyone I know. I don't think I would have made it thru this trying time without her.
I'd like to thank her and her entire staff for all their hard work. I gave my parents all the love and comfort I could in their final days here, but Helayne gave them peace.
God Bless you. You're hard work, and compassion will never be forgotten.
Posted by Carol
April 15, 2016
Helayne Levy is a tribute to the legal profession. Upon meeting with me initially, she recognized the time sensitivity of our dilemma, and acted expediently to correct our issues. My elderly Mother found herself embroiled in a legal situation that could have potentially been devastating, emotionally as well as financially. Without the guidance of Helayne and her professional staff, I seriously doubt we would have persevered, Not only was she direct and succinct, but she took the time necessary to explain in detail all aspects of the matter, questioning my mother as she proceeded to ensure comprehension of the discussion.
All telephone calls or texts were answered expediently, usually that same day, by either Helayne or her paralegal, certainly an anomoloy in the legal profession,
After numerous encounters with various attorneys throughout my life, I can honestly recommend Helayne as the most professional and, actually, caring individual I have employed. She has even visited my Mother in her home, certainly a gesture I will never forget. Her apparent compassion for the elderly is evident and serves her well in her chosen profession.
Kudos for Attorney Helayne Levy
Posted by Thomas C.
April 11, 2016
My son needed a Special Needs trust in conjunction with applying for Medicare and Medicaid. This is a very complicated area and I wanted to make sure this trust was set up correctly so I contacted Attorney Levy upon a referral from another attorney. Ms. Levy patiently explained the why's and mechanism of setting up this trust to my son, my wife and myself in simple terms as we are not lawyers.
Ms. Levy then contacted our financial services firm to transfer monies into this Special Needs trust. She took the pain out of trying to do this as I have my hands full in other aspects of trying to get benefits for our son.
I highly recommend Attorney Helayne Levy with Special Needs trusts; Elder Law and a myriad of legal issues.
Posted by Raquel
February 27, 2016
When my companion and I met, we were 69 years old. He and I soon faced the issue of marriage. We both wanted to be sure we were doing the correct financial thing for us together and individually. We both wanted the best outcome with our finances and families. When we consulted with Helayne Levy we learned so much about keeping our finances safe and sound. We are so grateful to have hired Helayne, for we found in her someone we could trust and we knew she had our best interest in mind!
Posted by Nancy
February 18, 2016
My quest was to have my estate planning in order in the most comprehensive yet understandable way. Most of my family live in other states, so it was important for me that this was taken into consideration. Attorney Helayne Levy and staff accomplished this with the utmost of knowledge and true caring of my situation. Helayne Levy is an extraordinary lawyer and person.
A wonderful experience with Ms Levy's unique services
Posted by Paula (Eva)
December 7, 2015
My mother and my husband and I reached out to Helayne Levy in Sept 2015. My mother is 86 and is living with my brother in Supply, NC. There are 3 other siblings in our family along with myself and my brother, with the majority of us living in the Washington, DC area. We needed to update mom's final Will, so that we knew that there would be future care for my brother, as well as thoughtful planning of my mother's wishes for distribution of her personal items and property.
On our first meeting, Ms. Levy's endearing personality allowed my mother and us to be completely comfortable with her in this somewhat complex, cumbersome process. Along with her expansive knowledge and experience in Elder Care law and planning, we were all quite pleased with her detailed plans for my mothers final Will. In addition, she provided plans for beginning to get my brother out on his own before my mothers passing. This included my mother and brother meeting with her social services staff and continued meetings with my brother, once the Will process was completed.
My mother was quite impressed by Ms. Levy's warm enchanting personality and began to feel like a good friend of hers. Ms. Levy would included my husband and I in my mother's meeting with her, by setting up Skype engagements with us during all the interim processes.
All in all, Ms. Levy provided outstanding services and seemed to go above and beyond in all aspects of our interactions. My husband and I had full confidence in her ability to work honestly and thoroughly with my mother to complete this important aspect of her life.
Posted by L. C. - Columbus County, NC
November 11, 2015
Several referrals lead me to seek the services of Helayne Levy of Elder Law & Life Care Planning Center. Along with her staff, Helayne has been most patient with me as we complete the documents and paperwork necessary for my contentment with end-of-life concerns. They have a welcoming atmosphere that puts one at ease. Having such an atmosphere and still maintaining professional standards is just the perfect balance. Respectfully,
Highly Competent and Very Personable...
Posted by Curt
September 26, 2015
Recently, my wife and I were faced with some complex legal issues that required urgent attention. Lacking any reliable legal contacts, we turned to an internet search and found glowing reviews for Attorney Levy and the Elder Law & Life Care Planning Center. Thankfully, we were able to secure an appointment with Ms. Levy on short notice, and never looked back. We could not have been more pleased with our choice. Ms. Levy put us at ease almost immediately, and we were able to quickly build a level of trust with her that made us feel comfortable and secure in the knowledge that we had chosen a highly competent and very personable lawyer to represent our interests. The exchanges that ensued were open and productive (as they had to be, given the time constraints of our request). Following our information-gathering session, not only did Ms. Levy devote considerable after-hours time and effort to preparing the necessary documents, but she also suggested that we meet again on Labor Day (yes, a holiday!) to see that those documents were executed in a timely fashion. I cannot say enough about her dedication to task, and work ethics that can only be described as outstanding. And we could not have been more pleased with the results. Quite simply, if you are looking for legal expertise in the field of elder law in the Wilmington area, look no further than Attorney Levy and the Elder Law & Life Care Planning Center.
Posted by Vivian
July 15, 2015
Helayne has helped me tremendously through a very sad time. Her compassion and wealth of knowledge has been a blessing! She is always willing to listen to my concerns and genuinely cares. I would recommend her highly.
Posted by Kathy
June 30, 2015
I found Helayne Levy and A Practice With Purpose after doing an online search for an elder law attorney with expertise in, among other things, estate planning.
I wanted a lawyer who was passionate about the work and excelled at it; a ‘player’ in the field, not just a reporter on the sidelines. I also needed someone I felt comfortable with and could trust. Peer reviews, affiliations and her credentials confirmed the first set of conditions – a personal visit confirmed the latter.
Within 30 minutes of my first meeting with Helayne I was sold. She is not only extremely knowledgeable of NC law but veterans rights as well; and is a warm, caring, considerate and perceptive woman with a brilliant mind. She asks all the pertinent questions and somehow manages to turn the information she’s given into options and recommendations from which legal documents bloom.
Several weeks later, our estate planning efforts are done, but she remains as responsive to my interests today as she was on day one. How fortunate I am that I didn’t stop at the first name returned by my online search.
Very highly recommended
Posted by Ken
March 26, 2015
The Elder Law & Life Care Planning Center was retained to oversee the care of both of my parents. Since I live 750 miles away it was important to obtain a firm that I had complete trust and faith in. That trust and faith was obtained from the first phone call and continues to this day. With the compassion they show and the level of detail applied to any issue they are dealing with it has made us feel as if we were their only client. I have had the opportunity to meet the staff in-person, most recently with other family members who have never spoken to or met the staff, and after that first meeting they too were impressed, stating they felt the entire staff paid attention and listened to what was said and genuinely cared about issues being discussed. Note also, the center does not jump to conclusions, they thoroughly investigate and perform fact-finding before any decision or options are presented. I am not quite ready to retire, but retiring to this area to be able to retain the services of the center for my own use is a viable option.
The absolute best choice for elder care law services!
Posted by Chip
March 10, 2015
My wife, her parents, and I moved from Vermont to North Carolina a little over a year ago in need of an Attorney to prepare an end of life strategy for my father- and mother-in-law. We were new to Wilmington with no local family or friends and unsure who to contact for elder care law services. After a recommendation from our Realtor, we contacted Helayne. From the initial interview, we were impressed by her knowledge and approach and felt she would be a good choice. Since then, we’re happy to say that Helayne has far exceeded our expectations by providing the expert legal guidance we needed to prepare a complete end of life plan including will, power of attorney, health care plan, and trust. What impresses us the most about Helayne is her strong knowledge of the law, tenacious commitment to protect our interests, amazing responsiveness to questions, and a special knack to make complex law and end of life scenarios easy to understand. But what truly distinguishes and endears us to Helayne is the way she cares about people. She is genuinely interested in how we’re doing and makes us feel like we’re the most important part of her day. We feel like family when we meet with her. We’re always warmly welcomed and enjoy every get-together. She is such a pleasure to work with. We know we’re in good hands and consider ourselves fortunate to have chosen her. If you’re in need of elder care law services, we enthusiastically recommend Helayne as the absolute best choice!
A wonderful experience and the beginning of a journey
Posted by Madeleine
February 9, 2015
Helayne Levy is someone skilled enough to navigate the ins and outs of elder law but personal enough to make one want her as a friend! I came in to get the traditional will and power of attorney "legal stuff" taken care of but left with so much more. Helayne guides and teaches as she helps her clients navigate the landscape of elder care options. She addresses the difficult topics surrounding aging such as becoming incapacitated and how to ensure your wishes are carried out if that should happen. Helayne's thoughtful and purposeful approach to elder care planning and decision making is one that I recommend everyone experience. She will help you get prepared mentally and legally for the process of aging and ensure that the appropriate legal documents are in place.
Posted by Cindy L
January 5, 2015
From the first time we met with Helayne Levy about pursuing long-term care for my father she helped put our minds at ease. She has been so knowledgeable about helping us coordinate public and private resources to finance the cost of his care. I feel confident in recommending the services of Helayne Levy as we have always found her easy to work with and always willing to discuss any concerns and respond to all of our questions.
Posted by Stan
May 19, 2014
We both enjoyed working with Ms. Levy. She proved to have excellent insight into our needs and earned our complete trust and admiration. We would highly recommend her.
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Posted by Joseph
May 15, 2014
My wife and I recently engaged Helayne Levy to revise our wills and other end-of-life documents. We found her to be knowledgeable, thorough, and professional in every way. Moreover, and perhaps most important, she was caring, personable, and meticulous, making sure that she understood our needs and that we fully comprehended what she proposed. Even though her formal work on our documents has been completed, she has contacted us to determine if we have followed through on some items on which we had mutually agreed. We heartily recommend Helayne Levy as an attorney specializing in Elder Law.
Outstanding Elder Law Attorney
Posted by a client
November 1, 2013
Attorney Levy brings to the table a special care for her clients that can only come from one who is true to the heart. Add to that her personal determination to serve her clients to the best of her ability and her advanced education in elder law (an L.LM from Stetson) and you have a combination in one person that is simply breathtaking. Any client would be blessed to have her as counsel.
Posted by a Estate Planning client
October 31, 2013
Returned all calls in a timely manner. Kept me updated and informed. Attorney Levy is extremely knowledgeable in the areas of Elder Law, Estate Planning and Long Term Care Planning.
Creating Calm from Chaos!
Helayne Levy and team have done a remarkable job with our complicated "family" issues. Her unwavering team delivers guidance, detail, and answers from a very disjointed medical process. Helayne herself skillfully guides the process, manages all "family feedback" and implements plans that minimize the stresses of emotion, logistics, and confusion. Superb service, and everyone benefits!
Helayne Levy is an Outstanding Lawyer!!
I have wanted to write something for a while regarding Helayne Levy and her practice. I'm from the Washington DC area and had been introduced to Ms Helayne Levy through my mother; who along with my husband and I, met up with her to put together a new revised will. Ms. Levy's practice caught our eye when we saw that she was Elder Care Law and and life care planning provider. Since I have already written something regarding our initial interactions and the outstanding care and service that we received from Ms. Levy and her staff in regards to the will execution, I wanted to spend this time with the other part of her services, which provide for my mom's life care planning. My mother is now 87 and living in the Holden Beach area with my brother. Since I live in the Washington Metropolitan area with my other 3 siblings, it made it very important that we had a lawyer that we truly trusted and relied upon, and Ms. Levy has continually gone above and beyond in this role. Elder Care Law and Life Care Planning Services is so very important for our aging parents who are not in our immediate care areas. That's why I would like to give a shout out to Ms Levy and say thank you so very much.......as this is very novel idea for a small town like Shallotte, NC, which does in fact, have a large retired, aging population. When Ms. Levy initially talked with us about how her extra services could provide support to my family, we were anxious to see how this would work. When we were discussing the will and how to provide for my brother in the future, Ms Levy assured us that she would be working with us, to make this complicated transition with my mother and my brother for the future. Ms. Levy and her life care planning staff have worked with my brother (mother) over the last year, to help him position himself to live on his own. Ms. Levy has been intimately involved in helping my mother to understand her enabling tendencies, and to have a special coach/mentor to work with my brother throughout this long process. Ms. Levy regularly checks in with me, and my mother to make sure that we are still on track with what needs to be done. In addition, the mentor checks in with my brother frequently to make sure that he is staying diligent in his progress. This ongoing process has been so important, and something that is extremely difficult in today's world. Ms. Levy is committed to work through these family issues and has in fact, become an extended part of our family. Helayne Levy is the most compassionate, caring lawyer and person that we have ever met and I can't say enough to tell everyone how blessed we were that we found her!!
Excellent & Totally Professtioanl Law Firm...
My experience with Helayne Levy, Attorney and her superior staff at Elder Law & Life Care Planning Center was outstanding and awesome. The knowledge of this Law & all of it's tangents by Helayne Levy was amazing. As a lay person, never having any type of contact, understanding or legalities in this type of law. I was spoken too and explained on a level that I was able to understand. Telephone calls to The Elder Law & Life Care Planning Center were returned in a most efficient manner. I did not have to wait to get a response as I had experienced in the past with other attorneys. I would absolutely recommend Helayne Levy and her fantastic staff for all their needs in this type of matter..
How relieved we now feel.......
Being in our 70's, we knew we should have our desires, known for when the inevitable happens... Not only our death, but also if an unforeseeable accident happens, and we are unable to make decisions..... No more procrastinating....We met with Helayne, and oh my gosh, the relief we now feel..... Not only is Helayne and her staff friendly,and knowledgeable, they also put us at ease. She explained everything till we understood it. Not an easy task. She does this difficult task with ease, humor, and expertise..... I am sooo very thankful that we took the plunge, because we can now sleep at night.... No more fears or worries.... what a relief...for us and to know our family will not have to wonder what our desires are...
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