JAN L. WARNER received his A.B. and J.D. degrees from the University of South Carolina and earned a Master of Legal Letters (L.L.M.) in Taxation from the Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia.
He is a Certified Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the American Bar Association, the South Carolina Bar Association, The American Judicature Society, and other legal organizations. He has provided continuing legal educational programs to both lawyers and judges in South Carolina on a myriad of issues within his areas of expertise.
He has been trained and qualified as a matrimonial arbitrator by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and is qualified to serve on both the commercial and family panels of the American Arbitration Association. He is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Court of South Carolina, and all South Carolina State Courts. He has been involved in numerous appeals during his 40+ year career.
He is the founding partner and shareholder of ElderLaw Services of South Carolina, P.A./Warner Payne & Black, L.L.P., a law firm that limits it practice to matters affecting the family and the elderly including estate and long-term care planning, planning for incapacity, Medicaid qualification, and litigation in South Carolina courts. (www.elderlaw-sc.com)
He has been a frequent lecturer at both legal education and public information programs sponsored by The American Bar Association, various state and metropolitan bar associations, and other professional organizations and associations. His articles have been published in national and state legal publications.
He was recently appointed as an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Neuropsychology at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia where he will assist teaching residents and physicians about dealing with elderly and geriatric patients.
He conceived and for 21 years has co-authored FlyingSolo®, a weekly newspaper column about divorce. He conceived and for 11 years has co-authored NextSteps®, a weekly newspaper column about matters affecting the elderly. Both of these columns are widely read and are syndicated by United Media (United Features Syndicate). Both columns have established Internet presence (www.flyingsolo.com and www.nextsteps.net). He also has hosted NextSteps® Senior Talk™ on WISW-AM regarding issues affecting the elderly and disabled.
In 1988, he founded Life Management® and has produced many series of audiotapes, videotapes, and print materials concerning divorce and separation, death of a spouse, and issues affecting the elderly. By virtue of a license granted by the American Bar Association, Life Management® produced audiotapes in a series for the Family Law Section.
His Make Your Wishes Known® programs were partially funded by The Duke Endowment and were produced in association with The South Carolina Hospital Association and Mary Black Foundation. This series of audiotapes, videotapes, and print materials which deal with the health care decision-making process is hosted by Spencer Christian, formerly of ABC's Good Morning America and has been endorsed by hospital associations throughout the United States. These programs have been designated as a national resource by the Department of Health and Human Services and have been positively reviewed by The Annenberg Washington White Paper.
He also produced a series of videotapes and printed materials about long-term care issues in association with South Carolina Educational Television.
He and his programs have been featured on radio and television throughout the United States and written about in the press and legal publications -- including Kiplingerís, ABA Journal, National Law Journal, USA Weekend, People, Detroit Free Press, Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, NY Post, The Wall Street Journal, LA Times, Dallas Morning News, Plain Dealer (Cleveland), and Washington Post.
Co-authored with Jan Collins, his book, "Next Steps: A Practical Guide to Planning for the Best Half of Your Life", was released on August 1, 2009 by QuillDriver.