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David Paul Pollan

Elder law Attorney at Atlanta, GA

4.5   6 reviews
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State GA
    Acquired 1990
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About David

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Practice areas
  1. Elder law
    We're the only truly full-service Elder and Special Needs Law Firm serving all of Georgia with combined experience of more that 55 years in Nursing Home Medicaid Planning, Special Needs Trusts, Medicaid Appeals and Litigation in state and federal cou

    34 years, 6,333 cases

  2. Trusts
    We assist clients with special needs trusts of all types, particularly "third party" special needs trusts for a disabled child . We also work extensively with medical malpractice and personal injury settlement trusts to protect SSI and Medicaid.

    34 years, 2,166 cases

  3. Medicaid and medicare
    Special Needs and Medicaid Planning for all classes of Medicaid, including Nursing Home, Home and Community Based Services Waivers, and SSI/Medicaid. We also represent client in Medicaid appeals in all courts.

    34 years, 2,456 cases

  4. Estate planning
    We represent clients in subrogation litigation arising from Medicaid liens asserted by the Georgia Department of Community Health against client settlements and estates.

    34 years, 1,278 cases

  5. Guardianship
    We assist families with both uncontested and contested Adult and Minor Guardianship and Conservatorship.

    34 years, 981 cases

David Paul Pollan has been practicingexclusively in the area of elder law and special needs issues affectingthe younger disabled community since 1990.


He is a member of theNational Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and has served the elder anddisabled communities through his work with AARP, Atlanta RegionalCommittee Aging Services Board, the Senior Citizens' Law Project, theElder Law Committee of the State Bar of Georgia, the Georgia CommunityTrust and Weinstein Hospice. He is also a member of the GeorgiaElderCare Network, a statewide alliance of professionals assistingGeorgia families to plan and deal with the issues of aging.


The Pollan Law Firm is uniquely qualified to assist the elder andyounger disabled with eligibility in all classes of Medicaid includingNursing Home Medicaid and the waivered, home and community basedprograms such as the Independent Care Waiver, Community Care, and theDeeming Waiver.

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The Pollan Law Firm
206 11th Street N.E.
Suite 205
Atlanta, GA, 30309

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Posted by Brent | August 22, 2019
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What a lawyer should be
We have used David on dozens of cases. He is the best. Smart and he cares. A+
Posted by Cheri | March 19, 2017
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David has the answers
David is very knowledgeable about social security and medicaid. It was a relief to have his help. He knows the answers. I appreciate him for helping me!!!!!!!!!
Posted by Richard | February 10, 2016
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Could not be more pleased!
David guided our family with Medicaid qualification for my sister who suffered a traumatic brain injury and other physical injuries in a traffic accident and could no longer live alone. We were referred to him by a judge who goes to our church. We were directed by hospital social workers to apply for Medicaid but denied. No one at the Department of Family Services helped except to talk about food stamps. In our first meeting with David, he knew exactly why the Medicaid was denied and immediately guided us to Medicaid programs that could allow my sister to live at home with caregiver assistance covered by Medicaid. We wasted valuable time speaking with other lawyers who kept pointing us in the wrong direction. We learned that Medicaid is more complicated then we were first told but he and his staff couldn't be more helpful. It was a year long process because of waiting lists. Had we first started with David rather then another attorney, we could have qualified sooner.
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Posted by Ron | June 7, 2013
Special Needs Trust
I have been David's client for a number of years. I was referred to him by another lawyer because of his belief that David possessed the necessary skills and expertise to address certain issues regarding a Special Needs Trust established by my mother for the benefit of her handicapped daughter, my sister. David exceeded my expectations as he successfully navigated through the complexities of the trust and brought all matters to a successful and amicable conclusion. In addition he demonstrated excellent people skills when he worked with all parties involved in the matter. He was very professional. If someone is seeking a lawyer who has the necessary skills and expertise in elder law and special needs I can highly recommend David.
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Posted by Carol | August 13, 2011
Our family is eternally grateful for having been referred to David
David helped our parents, dad 84 and mom 83, qualify for Medicaid after our father had a stroke. We were told by a discharge planner at the hospital to find a nursing home, not to much else. My financial advisor referred me to David to help sort out what we needed to know about his Medicare benefits and whether they could qualify for nursing home Medicaid. David met with us immediately when I told him how worried my mother was. He is extremely knowledgeable, gentle, and made sure my mother understood pretty technical information. With his help, my father qualified for Medicaid immediately after his skilled rehab care ended and Medicare stopped covering his nursing home expenses. His paralegal, Gerry Nelms is also terrific. Always kept us informed about the progress of dad's benefits applications and everything was approved exactly as David advised! Thanks to his help, we're now working toward having dad come home once Medicaid home care is available.
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Posted by anonymous | November 5, 2014
The case did indeed end in my favor; however, it would have been surprising to have not had guardianship granted. Initially, as with most attorneys, he was friendly and responsive - I am sorry to say that did not last very long. His office staff was even less friendly, responsive, helpful, or, most importantly, detail-oriented. Of course, as they are whom one deals with most frequently, this was most disappointing.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • The Pollan Law Firm
  • 1996 - Present
  • Program Manager
  • American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
  • 1995 - 1996
  • Staff Attorney
  • Senior Citizens Law Project of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society
  • 1990 - 1996


  • Emory University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990
  • Boston University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1985

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Medicaid Subrogation and Wrongful Death
  • We successfully compromised the Medicaid lien after litigation ensued for $7,000.


  • Stonewall Bar Associations
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia, Elder Law Committee
  • Chair
  • 1995 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017


  • National Business Institute Seminar
  • All Things Medicaid
  • 2016

Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

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Medicaid and medicare Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"David Pollan is a true expert in the field of Medicaid and other benefits issues and trusts. He has shown great empathy for clients who have suffered catastrophic injuries."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. David is widely recognized by his peers as an expert in special needs and elder law. He regularly and generously offers advice to his fellow lawyers, and speaks, on these subjects. He is also an extremely compassionate and highly committed advocate for his clients. In short, if you are looking for an attorney to assist you in these areas, you cannot go wrong with David Pollan."
Guardianship Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"David knows this area like the back of his hand. Invaluable assistance on complex settlements."
Trusts Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have associated David to assist several of my clients. I am pleased to endorse him for matters relating to disabled minors, government benefits, and special needs trusts. I look forward to working with him in future matters."
Trusts Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David Pollan is the "go to guy" for special needs trusts and other strategies for preserving settlement funds and optimizing benefits for our catastrophically injured clients. I highly recommend him."
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