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Paul Vandyke Black

Paul Vandyke Black

Practice areas:

Guardianship, Estate Planning, Elder Law, Probate, Medicaid & Medicare

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: 24%
  2. Estate Planning: 24%
  3. Guardianship: 24%
  4. Probate: 23%
  5. Medicaid & Medicare: 5%



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

Payment Types:


Attorney Endorsements

10 total 

  • Diane Beth Weinberg

    I endorse this lawyer. Paul Black has tremendous passion for elder law which shows through in his professionalism and his commitment to his clients. He is extremely knowledgeable in the field and a go-to resource for other attorneys in the area. I am proud to call him a colleague.


    Diane Weinberg Elder Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • David Benton Purvis

    Paul has quickly become one of the top elder law attorneys in the State. He has a passion for his work that I have seen in few other attorneys in any practice area. He is one of the most knowledgeable elder law attorneys I know and I have routinely sought Paul's advice and have referred clients without hesitation to Paul. If you have an elder law or probate issue, you should call Paul first.


    David Purvis Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Brannon + Black, LLC

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


GAActive Member in Good Standing 201007/06/2015

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