Paul has been in private practice, with substantial emphasis on elder law, since 1990. He focuses his practice on:
- Estate planning for incapacity and long term care;
- Appointment of guardians and conservators for incapacitated adults;
- Administration of decedent’s estates; and
- Nursing home residents’ rights.
In 1983, while in private practice, Paul was selected for an internship in long-term care administration at Westminster-Canterbury House, Richmond. This culminated in his sitting for the licensure exam for nursing home administrators in 1985, a license which he has maintained ever since. Maintaining this license has allowed Paul to keep abreast of the special concerns of clients with loved ones in long term care or who are themselves receiving such care.
From 1985 through 1990, Paul was a policy analyst with the Virginia Department of Taxation, handling administrative appeals of sales and use tax and income tax audits, preparing information bulletins, drafting private letter rulings and offers in compromise for the Tax Commissioner, drafting state tax regulations, providing staff support for a comprehensive sales and use tax expenditure study, and during General Assembly sessions, evaluating the fiscal and policy impact of proposed tax legislation. Throughout this time Paul served on the Commission for Older Adults for the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, thereby continuing his interest in service to older adults.
Although Paul has been privileged to provide legal and practical advice to caregivers for most of his professional life, and has served as court appointed guardian and conservator for many incapacitated adults, in recent years he has been an informal caregiver for members of his own family and has an even greater appreciation for the challenges and obstacles facing caregivers.
- University of Richmond Law School, J.D., 1981
- University of Virginia, B.A., Government, 1977
- AV Peer Review Rated in Martindale-Hubbell
- Selected to the 2014 – 2017 Super Lawyers Virginia List, Elder Law category
- Selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Elder Law (Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC), 2012 – 2018
- Selected by The Best Lawyers in America©as Richmond Elder Law “Lawyer of the Year”, 2017
- Virginia Business Magazine’s “Legal Elite”, Taxes/Estates/Trusts/Elder Law category, 2011 – 2013
Paul is a frequent lecturer to nonprofit groups and organizations, health care professionals and the general public on topics such as estate planning, nursing home residents’ rights, and legal concerns of the frail, elderly and disabled.
Upcoming Speaking Engagements
Past Speaking Engagements
On January 15, 2015
On December 19, 2014, the “Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014” (ABLE ACT 2014) was enacted. The purpose of the Act is to permit families to save private . . .
On October 23, 2010
While the need for estate planning, including wills or trusts, for Boomers (of whom I’m a card carrying member) is the same as it is for individuals of all . . .
On November 23, 2009
Dangerous Elder Law Myths
1. Myth: Medicare and Private Insurance will cover the cost of long term care when I go into a nursing home.
Medicare only pays for limited . . .
- Virginia State Bar
- Richmond Bar Association
- National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
- Virginia Guardianship Association
- The Virginia Elder Rights Coalition
- Virginia Association of Nonprofit Homes for the Aging
- Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Richmond
- Past Member, Board of Directors
- Past Member, Finance Committee
- Virginia Center on Aging at Virginia Commonwealth University
- Past Chair of the Advisory Board
- Public Guardianship Program of Commonwealth Catholic Charities – Multidisciplinary Panel
- Virginia Public Guardian and Conservator Advisory Board