About Paul

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Paul’s experience as the son of two parents with big health challenges is what led him to the work he does today. His mother wrestled with early-onset Parkinson’s Disease for 27 years before her death in July 2016. His father suffered a major stroke in May 2001 and lives in assisted living in Atlanta. Paul’s active involvement in his parents’ care gives him first-hand knowledge of the challenges that many caregivers and family members face.

While attending Georgia State University College of Law, Paul gained invaluable experience interning at the two senior-oriented divisions of Atlanta Legal Aid Society, the Georgia Senior Legal Hotline and the Senior Citizens Law Project. After graduation from GSU Law, Paul was chosen from dozens of applicants nationwide as one of three 2010-2011 Borchard Foundation Law & Aging Fellows.

After completing his fellowship in late 2011, Paul launched his own private practice. He joined Chris Brannon to found the firm of Brannon Black in January 2014.  Today, Paul finds great satisfaction in serving clients across Georgia who need help with elder law issues (including Medicaid & Veterans benefits planning), estate planning (Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, and Health Care Directives), uncontested probate court matters (including estate administration and guardianship and conservatorship petitions), and Special Needs planning (often involving Trust-based planning so that individuals can continue to receive Medicaid, SSI, or other means-tested benefits after receiving an inheritance or a settlement).

Paul has been named as  a SuperLawyers “Rising Star” in the area of Estate Planning and as a member of Georgia’s “Legal Elite” by Georgia Trend magazine.

Education:
Juris Doctor, Georgia State University (GSU) College of Law, May 2010: Highest honors in pro bono service; Borchard Law & Aging Fellowship recipient

Masters in Education (Social Studies), Georgia State University, August 2005, summa cum laude. (Paul taught high school economics & political science and coached cross-country running at Chattahoochee HS (Alpharetta, GA) for two years before law school.)

Bachelors of Arts in History, Princeton University, June 2002, cum laude

Publications:
“Technology Tips for Maintaining a Mobile Office and Managing Your Practice.” National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys News, Forthcoming, Spring 2014.

“Reverse Mortgages and the Current Financial Crisis”in the Spring 2012 issue of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Journal. To view a copy of Paul’s article, click hereicon fill - About Paul

Personal: Native of Albany, Georgia. Current resident of Clarkston, Georgia.

Other Interests: Dancing (East Coast swing, Cajun/Zydeco, Blues, Contra); Cycling, Hiking, Camping, Fishing.

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