Law Office of Paul Black - July 2018


JULY 2018


I f you are reading this, congratulations! You’ve just received the very first edition of our law office’s newsletter. I know from personal experience how confusing and intimidating the issues of elder law and estate planning can be. That’s why I’m excited to bring you this monthly publication, which is aimed at giving you the information you need to address all

The most important thing to know about me is probably that I’m a Georgia boy, born and raised. Excluding the four years I spent at college in New Jersey, I’ve always called the Peach State home. To this day, I love getting outdoors and enjoying all the natural beauty our state has to offer, whether that means hiking Arabia Mountain or digging into a fresh watermelon from my garden.

As some of you may know, my mother was diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s disease in 1989. About 12 years later, my father suffered a stroke while I was going to college. He now resides in an assisted- living facility in Georgia. My mom passed away two years ago. The challenges and uncertainty my family faced throughout my life were what led me to become a lawyer and found this firm. I want to help people who find themselves in similar situations. Today I find great satisfaction in helping families, caregivers, and their loved ones across Georgia. Issues like planning for Medicaid eligibility, completing health care directives, planning for a loved one with special needs, and navigating guardianship proceedings present many emotional and legal challenges. Having an expert to guide you through the process can make all the

of life’s “what ifs.” As a bonus, I’ll share some of my favorite recipes and Georgia travel

I love my job because I get to help others return to what they

locations. Who says learning can’t be fun?

“The challenges and uncertainty my family faced throughout my life were what led me to become a lawyer and found this firm.”

enjoy doing. Whether it’s showing a young couple how to build a rock-solid estate plan for their children or advising an elder orphan who is putting together her decision-making team, much

I’ll also be sharing some of my thoughts

and experiences right here on the cover, because I believe in the role of personal relationships in legal representation. I sure wouldn’t want my lawyer to be “just some guy.” My clients often come to me with deeply personal matters; they deserve to know who I am and where I come from. Trust is a big part of the job, after all.

difference in the world. If I can help you find clarity and peace of mind in these challenging circumstances, I know I’ve done my job.

of being an elder law and estate planning attorney boils down to putting people’s worries at ease. As someone who has cared for two parents with significant health challenges, I know just how valuable a little peace of mind can be.

-Paul Black

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