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Judith B. Paul

Judith B. Paul

I am the owner of The Law Office of Judith B. Paul, LLC in Gainesville, Florida and a second career attorney, practicing Law since 2005, after graduating from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan.

After nearly three years as a staff attorney in the probate and guardianship division for the family and civil courts in the Eighth Judicial Circuit in Gainesville, Florida and traveling to all six counties within the Circuit, including Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Gilchrist, Levy, and Union I went into private practice.  

In 2004 my father passed away after a short three month illness and my mother temporarily moved to our home in Michigan to be with someone during the most difficult first months after losing my father.  Upon graduating in 2005 my husband and I made the decision to move to Florida to provide help and to care for my mother who had started showing early signs of dementia.   

Dementia is more than just forgetting where you put the car keys or what you ate for breakfast and according to the Alzheimer’s Association report for 2015, is the only cause of death of the top ten in America that cannot be prevented, stopped or slowed and is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. One in three seniors dies of Alzheimer’s or another dementia related illness or disease and about two-thirds of those affected are women.  Understandably, individuals with dementia and those who have special needs are at risk of exploitation, abuse, and neglect.

I understand the confusion, difficulty and fear faced by most people in this same situation and the foundation of my practice is to help protect their loved ones and their assets, to help them develop a workable plan for long term care,  and to assist in the administration of the decedent’s final wishes and the after effects of death. 

During my mother’s illness, I met and spoke with people who were facing many of the same issues but were instead caring for an individual with special needs. Their loved ones faced same issues of vulnerability, the risk of exploitation, abuse and neglect and their concerns were not only imminent but future based. 

The focus of special needs is to protect and secure the future of loved ones with special needs and disabilities, to ensure the greatest quality of life for our loved ones now and in the future and especially in our absence.   

I enjoy traveling with my husband when time permits and have traveled extensively throughout the United States, Central and South America, Canada, and Europe.   My three sons and one grandson, and their families are scattered across the country.  However we all manage to take an annual ten day vacation together and begin scheduling this event the year before it happens just to get it on everyone’s busy calendar.   I also enjoy reading English mysteries, and am actively involved in raising two Yorkshire terriers who have generously allowed us to continue to support them in the custom to which we have spoiled them. They are frequent visitors to the office.

Membership

Ms. Paul is a proud member of the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA™), Association of Florida Elder Law Attorneys (AFELA™) , ElderCounsel ™, National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI™) and the Alzheimer’s Association,  Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association, Florida Bar, Senior Lawyers Committee of the Florida Bar, Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section.

Judith B. Paul is an accredited Veteran’s Administration attorney.

Practice Areas:

Wills, Trusts, Estates, Guardianship, Special Needs and Medicaid Planning, Probate, Collaborative Divorce:  Litigation is limited to Probate, Guardianship, Elder Financial or Physical Abuse, Wills, Estates and/or Trusts contests.

Education:

  • Law School: Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, Michigan
  • College:  MBA: Southern New Hampshire University 


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