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Paul Vandyke Black

Paul Vandyke Black

Practice areas:

Estate Planning, Elder Law, Guardianship, Probate

About Me

My experience as the son of two parents with big health challenges is what led me to the work I do today.   My mother has wrestled with Parkinson’s Disease for more than two decades.  My father suffered a major stroke in May 2001.  For many years, even as I tried to be a loving son to both of them, I began to notice  just how little I knew about the larger systems that were playing increasingly big roles in their daily lives- things like the ins and outs of Medicare’s Part D prescription drug program.  I was curious about how I could make their lives better by knowing more about these systems.  (I sometimes wished I could back in time and plan for the big changes in their lives, but absent a time machine, that just wasn’t possible.) 

Over time, as I learned more about how to meet their needs and as I grew into assuming more responsibilities (for my father in particular), I also learned that there were  entire legal specialties devoted to serving people whose needs were quite similar to theirs.  I soon found that I could pursue a career in the areas of elder law & the related area of special needs planning.  I had a great opportunity to turn some of the biggest challenges in my family’s experience into a source of strength and direction.

While at Georgia State University College of Law, I gained invaluable experience interning at the two senior-oriented divisions of Atlanta Legal Aid Society.  Atlanta Legal Aid’s Georgia Senior Legal Hotline trained me to provide quick advice on a broad range of legal issues facing aging Georgians, from consumer matters to landlord-tenant disputes to questions about public benefits.  The Senior Citizens Law Project  gave me the opportunity for more in-depth advocacy for a smaller number of clients, whose cases often involved probate issues, Medicare, and Social Security benefits.  After graduation from GSU Law, I was chosen from dozens of applicants nationwide as one of three 2010-2011 Borchard Foundation on Law & Aging fellows.  As a  Borchard fellow, I had the privilege of continuing to work for Atlanta Legal Aid Society, this time as an attorney.

After completing my fellowship, I launched my own private practice.  Today, I find great satisfaction in serving clients across Georgia who need help in the areas of elder law, estate planning, & special needs planning.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2010

  1. Elder Law: 40%
  2. Estate Planning: 40%
  3. Probate: 10%
  4. Guardianship: 10%



Hourly ($200-250/hour), Fixed (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

10 total 

  • James Samuel McRae

    I endorse this lawyer. Paul is passionate about his practice area and it shows in the work he performs for his clients. I have no hesitation referring clients with elder law needs to Paul.


    James McRae Elder Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Christie Ayotte Baer

    I sought out Paul's help on a complex probate case. He has an expansive knowledge of elder law. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone in the Atlanta/Decatur area.


    Christie Baer Probate Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Brannon + Black, LLC

One West Court Square, Suite 750
Decatur, GA, 30030


GAActive Member in Good Standing 201005/08/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Elder Law FellowshipBorchard Foundation on Law & Aging2011
Highest Graduation Honors in Pro Bono ServiceGeorgia State University College of Law2010

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Owner/PartnerBrannon + Black, LLC2014 - Present
AttorneyThe Law Office of Paul Black, LLC2012 - Present
Staff AttorneyAtlanta Legal Aid Society2010 - Present

Association NamePosition NameDuration
State Bar of Georgia, Elder Law SectionMember2010 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMember2009 - Present

Publication NameTitleDate
The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys MagazineHelpful Tech Tools for Creating A Mobile Office and Managing Your Practice2014
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) JournalReverse Mortgages & The Current Financial Crisis2012

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgia State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2010
Georgia State UniversitySecondary Education (Social Studies)MA - Masters2005
Princeton UniversityHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts2002

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Teleconference for AttorneysHelpful Tech Tools for Creating A Mobile Office and Managing Your Practice2014
Continuing Education CourseProactive Legal Planning and Difficult Ethical Issues for Dementia Patients in Georgia2014
Gwinnett Family Caregivers ConferenceLegal Tools & Resources for Georgia Caregivers2013