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Mitchell C. Payne received his Masters in Accounting from the University of South Carolina’s Moore School of Business, and his Law Degree from the University Of South Carolina School Of Law.  Mr. Payne has been representing South Carolina families for 25 years, concentrating his practice in the fields of Elder Law, Medicaid Eligibility, Veterans Benefits, Long Term Care Planning, Disability Law, Nursing Home Law, Asset Protection Planning, Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts, Probate Court Matters, Guardianship, and Complex Estate and Fiduciary Litigation.


Warner, Payne & Black is a goal oriented firm.  We want to help you achieve your goals.





Practice Areas


  1. Elder Law: 30%
    26 years
  2. Medicaid & Medicare: 25%
    26 years
  3. Wills & Living Wills: 15%
    30 years
  4. Probate: 15%
    30 years
  5. Estate Planning: 15%
    30 years

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Contact Info

Warner, Payne & Black, LLP

131 Caldwell Street
Rock Hill, SC, 29730

Warner, Payne & Black, LLP

1531 Blanding Street
Columbia, SC, 29202



GAActive Member in Good Standing 198510/07/2015
SCGood Standing198410/12/2015

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Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Outstanding Achievement AwardNational Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (South Carolina Chapter)2008
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerWarner, Payne & Black, LLP2000 - Present
ShareholderPayne, Blades, & Wellborn, P.A.1993 - 1999
AssociateRobinson, Bradshaw & Hinson1991 - 1993
AssociateRoddey, Carpenter & White1989 - 1991
Tax ConsultantPrice Waterhouse1988 - 1989
Association NamePosition NameDuration
South Carolina Bar, Elder Law CommitteeChair2010 - 2012
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (South Carolina chapter) CLE CommtteeChair2009 - 2011
Probate Code Revision Committee - Article 3 (8-13) Probate, Est. Plning & Trust Sec.Co-chair2009 - Present
Membership Committee - National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMember2009 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (South Carolina chapter)President2006 - 2007
South Carolina Bar, Elder Law Committee Subcommittee On LegislationChair2006 - 2010
Academy of Special Needs PlannersCharter Member2005 - Present
State Bar of Georgia, Elder Law SectionMember2000 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMember1992 - Present
United States Tax CourtAdmitted1990 - Present
South Carolina Bar, Probate, Estate Planning and Trust SectionMember1989 - Present
State Bar of GeorgiaMember1985 - Present
South Carolina BarMember1984 - Present
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of South Carolina School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
University of South Carolina Moore School of BusinessAccountingMA - Masters1981
University of South Carolina, ColumbiaAccountingBA - Bachelor of Arts1980
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Planning for Long Term CareAdvance Planning2012
Planning for Long Term CareVeterans Benefits2012
2011 Fall ConferanceAdvanced Elder Law Issues2011
South Carolina Elder Law and BeyondElder Law and Veterans Benefits Law2010
Planning for the Long Term Care Needs of Seniors and Those with Special NeedsLong term care for those with disabilites2010
Are Your Legal Affairs In OrderElder Law, Estate Planning and Probate2010
Are Your Legal Affairs In orderElder Law and Estate Planning2010
South Carolina Bar - Annual MeetingElder Law and Divorce2009
2009 Creating Caring Connections ConferenceElder Law and Special Needs Planning2009
South Carolina Summer School of GerontologyMedicaid and Long Term Care Planning2008
Elder Law Planning for the Long Term Care Needs Of SeniorsVeterans Aid and Attendance Benefits2008
2007 Elder Law SeminarMedicaid Planning 2007 and Beyond2007
2006 Elder Law SeminarPlanning with Notes and Annuities After DRA 20062006
South Carolina White House Conference on AgingIn-Migration and Its Economic Effect on SC2005
Old Republic Title Annual SC CLEElder Law for Real Estate Attorneys2004