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I am an experienced North Carolina attorney focusing on access to government benefits, including:  child and adult Social Security disability benefits (SSDI & SSI), Medicaid, Medicare, Veterans Administration, and unemployment insurance benefits.  My practice is centered around helping people in need:  seniors facing long-term healthcare problems (elder care); the disabled trying to obtain disability benefits and workers attempting to access benefits like unemployment insurance compensation.  I work collaboratively with my law firm partners to provide high quality legal services through our full service law firm.  Family Law matters (divorce, custody, visitation, and child support) and Criminal Defense are other very significant practice areas for our firm and we employ a team approach to provide high quality representation to our clientele.


I am accredited to practice veterans law by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.  Having served six years in the United States Marine Corps and being a Gult War veteran, I am very familiar with the legal issues that frequently confront our veterans in need.  I am also admitted to the bar for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee and the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina.


Care, Compassion and Commitment are the three "C's" that define my approach to practicing law.  Our full service law firm has three convenient locations in western North Carolina to assist you with a wide range of North Carolina legal issues:

  • Boone (Watauga County) - located at 130 Poplar Grove Connector, Suite 11 in Boone (Tel. 828-278-8656) serves the North Carolina high country;

  • Kernersville (Forsyth County) - located at 430 W. Mountain Street in Kernersville (Tel. 336-283-6198) serves the Piedmont Triad (Greensboro, Winston-Salem, High Point) metro area; and

  • Mount Holly (Gaston County) - located at 111 W. Central Avenue, Suite 206 in Mount Holly (Tel. 980-277-4529) serves the Charlotte metro area.


We offer representation for Social Security Disability and V.A. disability benefit claims anywhere in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic.  I frequently handle SSA disability appeals at the Social Security ODAR hearing offices for Kingsport, Tennessee, Greensboro, North Carolina and Charlotte, North Carolina; however, I have appeared in cases at ODAR hearing offices in the District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.  


If you are pursuing public benefits like Social Security or Medicaid, you need an experienced lawyer who is personally overseeing every aspect of your case.  Feel free to click on the tab to see my "contributions" on Avvo and decide for yourself whether I am the right lawyer for your case.


Regardless of the legal issues you confront, I hope that you will consider my firm when you are seeking professional and dedicated legal counsel.  We are not the oldest firm, the largest firm, nor the most "prestigious" firm, but each of the dedicated lawyers at Payne Law, PLLC will strive to deliver excellent legal services to our clients.


The lawyers of Payne Law, PLLC are real people who understand the real problems our clients face day to day.  In my own case, I actively participate on the Avvo Q&A forum, trying to assist and educate the public about legal issues.  In my local community, I frequently contribute to the High Country Caregiver Foundation as a way to help caregivers facing crisis situations.  My passion to bettering our society extends to my church activities and to many local causes, all of whom help make a real difference in real peoples' lives.  We hope you will entrust your important legal issues to our care.   


Specific services offered include:

Caregiver compensation agreements

Child Custody & Support representation

Divorce (contested and uncontested)

Durable Powers of Attorney

Elder Care services

Estate Planning (Wills and Trusts)

Equitable Distribution (division of martial assets/debts)

Guardianships (contested and uncontested)

Healthcare Powers of Attorney and Living Wills

Long-Term Care Planning

Medicare appeals

N.C. Unemployment Insurance appeals

N.C. Medicaid Assistance for the Disabled (MA-D)

Nursing Home Medicaid (eligibilty and appeal issues)

Probate Avoidance Planning

Social Security Disability (child and adult) claims and appeals

Social Security cessation/termination of benefit cases

Special Needs Trusts & Supplemental Needs Trusts

Veterans Administration claims and appeals

Workers Compensation claims and appeals




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Practice areas


  1. Social Security: 35%
  2. Elder Law: 35%
  3. Medicaid & Medicare: 10%
  4. Estate Planning: 10%
  5. Other: 10%
  6. More 



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Attorney endorsements

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  • Kiel Roeschke

    Mr. Vance is an exceptionally knowledgeable, intelligent, and dedicated attorney. He volunteers his time on Avvo and has helped many people. I have no doubt that anyone who hires him will have an outstanding attorney who cares about his client.


    Kiel Roeschke Social Security Attorney
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  • Jason Daniel Quick

    I highly recommend Mr. Davis as an attorney for any Social Security matter. He is very active on the Avvo messaging boards and provides excellent advice and insight. He clearly has the experience and knowledge to provide outstanding representation.


    Jason Quick Social Security Attorney
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Contact info

Payne Law, PLLC

130 Poplar Grove Connector
Suite 11
Boone, NC, 28607

Payne Law, PLLC

430 West Mountain Street
P.O. Box 624
Kernersville, NC, 27285

Payne Law, PLLC

111 West Central Avenue
Suite 206
Mount Holly, NC, 28120



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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Avvo Top Contributor AwardAvvo2015
Avvo Top Contributor AwardAvvo2014
Avvo Top Contributor AwardAvvo2013
Exellence for the Future Award, National Security LawCALI2000
Excellence For The Future Award Legal Research & WritingCALI1998
Pi Sigma Apha, National Political Science Honor SocietyFrostburg State University1997
Honor Graduate Justice Studies ProgramFrostburg State University1997
Certificate of AppreciationCarroll Community College1993
National Defense Service MedalUnited States Marine Corps1991
Southwest Asia Service Medal w/3 starsUnited States Marine Corps1991
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerPayne Law, PLLC2014 - Present
Of CounselH. Randolph Fallin Law Firm2013 - 2015
Staff AttorneyLegal Aid of North Carolina2008 - 2011
PrincipalDavis Elder & Disability Law Services2004 - 2014
AssociateLaw Office Of James W. Partin2002 - 2004
Associate AttorneyCraige Brawley Liipfert & Walker, LLP2000 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of TennesseeAdmitted to Practice2013 - Present
North Carolina Bar Association, Elder Law SectionAttorney Member2011 - 2012
Watauga County Bar AssociationAttorney Member2009 - Present
National Organization of Social Security Claimants RepresentativesAttorney Member2002 - 2005
U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans ClaimsAdmitted to Practice2001 - Present
North Carolina Bar Association, Elder Law SectionAttorney Member2000 - 2006
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysAttorney Member2000 - 2006
Forsyth County Bar AssociationAttorney Member2000 - 2006
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North CarolinaAdmitted to Practice2000 - Present
North Carolina State BarAttorney Member2000 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In Re Brown (12 SP 69 - Avery County)Petition granted
In Re Lawrence (03 SP 129 - Wilkes County)Petition granted
In Re Pardue (03 SP 70 - Alleghany County)Petition granted
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Publication nameTitleDate
Legal Aid of North Carolina - CLESimple Power of Attorney - Not So Simple2009
National Business Institute SeminarBasics of Medicaid2007
National Business Institute SeminarQualifying a Client for Medicaid2007
National Business Institute SeminarBeginning the Medicaid Process2007
North Carolina Bar Association Foundation - CLEElder Law & Advance Medical Directives2006
North Carolina Bar Association Foundation - CLEElder Law and the Deficit Reduction Act - What's Left?2006
Lorman Education Services publicationBasics of North Carolina Medicaid2006
North Carolina Bar Association Foundation - CLEElder Law: You're Bound to Encounter It So Here's How to Prepare2006
National Business Institute SeminarHow to Protect an Elderly Client's Assets2006
North Carolina Bar Association Foundation - CLEBasics of Elder Law2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Wake Forest University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
Frostburg State UniversityPolitical Science and Justice StudiesBS - Bachelor of Science1997
Carroll Community CollegeGeneral EducationAssociate of Arts1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Staff In-Service TrainingEnd of Life & Elder Law Issues2015
Riverview Community CenterSocial Security2015
Retired Teachers AssociationLaws Pertaining to Seniors2015
Ladies Home Demonstration ClubEstate Planning for Seniors2015
HCCF Caregiver Educational SeriesCaregiver Compensation Arrangements2015
HCCF Caregiver Education SeriesLegal Issues for Caregivers2015
Bethel Baptist ChurchEstate Planning Using Trusts2015
Roans Creek Baptist ChurchLegal Issues Affecting Seniors2014
Johnson County Senior CenterConstitutional Amendments2014
Johnson County Senior CenterHave You Updated Your Estate Plan?2014
Johnson County Senior CenterChallenges of Paying for Nursing Home Care without Going Broke2013
Ask a Lawyer DayLegal Issues of Interest to Seniors2013
Legal Issues of Interest to CaregiversEssential Estate Planning for Seniors2012
Legal Issues of Interest to CaregiversCaregiver Compensation & Estate Planning2012
EDAAPT Team Meeting Feb 2012Abuse of Powers of Attorney2012
Caregiver Support GroupPowers of Attorney & Caregiver Compensation2012
Advance Directives and Health Care POAsAdvance Directives2012
Wills ClinicWills and Basic Estate Planning2011
Wills ClinicWills and Basic Estate Planning2010
Pro Se Divorce ClinicHow to Obtain Your North Carolina Divorce2010
Pro Se Custody ClinicChild Custody in North Carolina2010
Wills ClinicWills and Basic Estate Planning2009
Quarterly Staff ConferenceAssisting Patients with Medicaid & SSI Eligibility2009
Pro Se Divorce ClinicHow to Obtain Your North Carolina Divorce2009
National Business Institute CLEFundmental Issues in Elder Law2006