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Paul Vandyke Black

Elder law Attorney at Atlanta, GA

5.0   5 reviews

About Paul

Learn Paul’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Elder law
    40%
    Including asset protection planning for long-term care (nursing home) Medicaid eligibility; Financial Powers of Attorney, Advance Directives (Healthcare Powers of Attorney) & healthcare information (HIPAA) release forms; guardianships & conservatorships; trust administration & probate, and more;

    12 years

  2. Estate planning
    30%
    Will & trust-based planning for individuals, couples & families of all backgrounds and at all stages in life; AND Special Needs Planning (for disabled and chronically ill individuals who receive SSI and/or Medicaid but whose families want to use their own funds to purchase care and services beyond those paid for by government benefit programs, and thus enjoy a better quality of life.

    11 years

  3. Guardianship
    10%
    When appropriate, I help clients pursue guardianships and conservatorships for children and incapacitated adults in probate court.

    11 years

  4. Medicaid and medicare
    10%
    Much of my practice (especially in elder law) requires an extensive knowledge of Medicare, Medicaid, and Veterans Administration benefits.

    12 years

  5. Probate
    10%
    I help clients probate and administer estates after a loved one has died.

    11 years

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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Licensed for 12 years
State GA
Status Active Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2010
Updated 11/03/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Paul

Brannon + Black, LLC
2002 Summit Blvd, Suite 300
Atlanta, GA, 30319

Reviews

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Posted by Susan | September 20, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Needed help fast!!!
Paul was recommended to me when I took my sorority sister to be diagnosed by a psychiatrist for hallucinations. She lived two hours away, had no family and had never been to any doctors, so there was no one to catch the problem early . I looked at the Doctor and said, "ok what do I do now?". He handed me Paul's card and said that he thought I should call him. Well, this was a Godsend. After talking with Paul, I knew exactly what I needed to do. I now have full responsibility for her and he has been with me the whole way from getting her diagnosed with dementia, to helping with all of the legal paperwork and consolidating the finances (after having to find all of them first!) and getting her moved in to an assisted living home where she is getting topnotch care. If you need a responsive and caring lawyer, hire Paul!!
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Posted by Stacey | July 16, 2015
Dedicated and personable
Paul does an excellent job of making a connection with his clients. He becomes invested in meeting the needs of his clients. He is helpful, friendly and has lots of knowledge about trusts, wills, etc. It is easy to get in touch with Paul and he makes a point of staying in touch with you. He is willing to meet at your convenience. I really like that he is still willing to answer questions almost a year after he completed my trusts. Great experience all the way around.
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Posted by Alice Jane | July 15, 2015
Trustworthy
It is difficult to ascertain what attorney if any to trust Mr. Black has come highly recommended by several people. Mr. Black took an extraordinary amount of time and preparation with my husband and myself to prepare our Last Will and Testament, Power of Attorney, and Advance Directive. I compared prices for the same services and feel that I was given a very fair fee for the work that was done for us. I would highly recommend Paul Black.
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Posted by Marie | November 2, 2012
Concerned residents
This attorney was up front with us about our situation. He kept us informed and was clear about the steps we needed to take in order to make sure we were accommodated within the housing community.
Posted by Marie | November 2, 2012
Concerned residents
This attorney was up front with us about our situation. He kept us informed and was clear about the steps we needed to take in order to make sure we were accommadated within the housing community.

Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-250 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • 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

Education

  • Georgia State University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • Georgia State University
  • MA - Masters
  • 2005
  • Princeton University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002

Associations

  • State Bar of Georgia, Elder Law Section
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Elder Law Fellowship
  • Borchard Foundation on Law & Aging
  • 2011
  • Highest Graduation Honors in Pro Bono Service
  • Georgia State University College of Law
  • 2010

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • 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
  • 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
  • Continuing Education Course
  • Proactive Legal Planning and Difficult Ethical Issues for Dementia Patients in Georgia
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (6)
Elder law Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Paul without reservation. Paul is a not only a skilled lawyer but a compassionate, community-oriented person who serves as a mentor to new lawyers."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Elder law Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paul is an excellent lawyer, and has an outstanding reputation in the metro Atlanta area in the elder law arena. You will not go wrong with him as your attorney."
Elder law Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the opportunity to work closely with Paul. He is an excellent attorney. I would not hesitate to refer any of my clients, friends, or family to him."
Elder law Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of knowing Paul for a few years now. Paul is an intelligent and passionate attorney who will work his hardest for his clients. In addition to being a great lawyer, Paul is an amazing person who can relate to his clients on a personal level and genuinely cares about them. Without hesitation, I fully endorse Paul."
Elder law Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Elder law Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Elder law Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I do not know any other attorney that is as committed to justice for the elderly as Mr. Black. I've known Paul for several years and have found him to be an outstanding attorney and great person. Also, he is a hawk on HIPPA."
Elder law Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Friend
"Paul is always available with a well-reasoned response to any questions about the probate of wills and other elder care needs. I trust his advice, and see how hard he works on behalf of all of his clients."
Elder law Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paul is a fantastic attorney. He is hardworking, dedicated and highly skilled. I highly recommend Paul."
Elder law Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paul Black is an excellent Elder Law attorney. He has high standards and devotes considerable time and energy to staying abreast of the most recent developments in the field of Elder Law. He cares deeply about his clients and is always looking for new ways to better serve their needs."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
Elder law Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
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