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.
Hourly ($250/hour), Fixed (sometimes)
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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
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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
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|GA||Active Member in Good Standing||2010||11/07/2015|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Elder Law Fellowship||Borchard Foundation on Law & Aging||2011|
|Highest Graduation Honors in Pro Bono Service||Georgia State University College of Law||2010|
|Owner/Partner||Brannon + Black, LLC||2014 - Present|
|Attorney||The Law Office of Paul Black, LLC||2012 - 2013|
|Staff Attorney||Atlanta Legal Aid Society||2010 - 2011|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|State Bar of Georgia, Elder Law Section||Member||2010 - Present|
|National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys||Member||2009 - Present|
|The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Magazine||Helpful Tech Tools for Creating A Mobile Office and Managing Your Practice||2014|
|National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) Journal||Reverse Mortgages & The Current Financial Crisis||2012|
|Georgia State University College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2010|
|Georgia State University College of Law||Secondary Education (Social Studies)||MA - Masters||2005|
|Princeton University||History||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2002|
|Multiple Venues, 2014-present||How to Recognize, Prevent, and Respond to Scams Against Seniors||2015|
|GA APDA Monthly Education Meeting||Seasons of Planning for Parkinson's Patients||2015|
|Community Education Presentation||Post-Death Legal Issues||2015|
|Brannon + Black LLC Community Education Presentation||Planning Options for Disabled Children and Adults Using Special Needs Trusts, The ABLE Act, and the Affordable Care Act||2015|
|2015 Ethics CEU Presentation||No Easy Answers: Legal and Ethical Considerations for Professionals and Caregivers Facing Difficult Situations||2015|
|Teleconference for Attorneys||Helpful Tech Tools for Creating A Mobile Office and Managing Your Practice||2014|
|Multiple Venues, 2014||The Affordable Care Act: What Has Changed||2014|
|Continuing Education Course||Proactive Legal Planning and Difficult Ethical Issues for Dementia Patients in Georgia||2014|
|Gwinnett Family Caregivers Conference||Legal Tools & Resources for Georgia Caregivers||2013|
|Multiple Venues, 2014-present||Seasons of Planning: Estate & Incapacity Planning for Georgia Families||N/A|