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Margaret A. O'Reilly, PC A community-based practice dedicated to providing estate planning services to clients of all ages and specialized elder law services to seniors and their families.
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Margaret A. O’Reilly, PC, is a community-based practice dedicated to providing estate planning services to clients of all ages and specialized elder law services to seniors and their families.

Operating as usual

10/13/2020

The Social Security Administration has announced a 1.3% increase in benefits for 2021.

Flu vaccine clinics for adults over 50 – In partnership with the Health Department, the Department of Neighborhood and C...
10/07/2020
Schedule Your Flu Vaccine at Select Senior Centers, Oct. 6-Nov. 9 | Neighborhood and Community Services

Flu vaccine clinics for adults over 50 – In partnership with the Health Department, the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services is offering flu vaccination clinics at select Senior Centers. This service is available to residents 50 and older by appointment only. To make an appointment, residents can call 703-246-6010, TTY 711. For more information, visit: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/neighborhood-community-services/schedule-your-flu-vaccine-select-senior-centers-oct-6-nov-9

Fairfax County, Virginia - To help protect older adults in our community, the Fairfax County Health Department and Department of Neighborhood and Community Services are offering flu vaccination clinics at select Senior Centers.

08/19/2020
Assisted Living and Nursing Homes: What's the Diff?

Informative presentation on understanding the differences between "assisted living" and "nursing homes" (also sometimes called "skilled nursing facilities"), by Attorney Doris Gelbman, Elder Law Attorney in Charlottesville.

Pressented at the Center at Belvedere (formerly, the Senior Center) by Doris W. Gelbman, Esq. - Elder Law Attorney. For more information contact Gelbman Law,...

07/27/2020

Social Security posted a caution on Facebook for people to watch out for scams -- calls telling you your Social Security has been cancelled, that you've been overpaid and need to reimburse the government, that you need to do anything to maintain or secure your benefits, and anything else related to your Social Security benefits is a scam. Over 400 people have responded to the Social Security post describing different scam calls that they have gotten. Please be careful. Social Security, like the IRS, will not call you. They will write.

07/08/2020

If you or someone you know is receiving Medicare benefits before reaching the age of 65 (for instance, is receiving Social Security Disability Benefits), Virginia now requires insurers to offer Medicare Supplement plans to anybody who qualifies for Medicare but has not reached the age of 65. Effective July 1, 2020.

Several people have questioned the validity of the debit card they have received in lieu of a check for the Economic Imp...
05/29/2020

Several people have questioned the validity of the debit card they have received in lieu of a check for the Economic Impact Payment (aka COVID19 stimulus payment).

The government IS sending out prepaid debit cards in addition to checks. Unfortunately, they are sent in a plain envelope with no indication that they are from the government -- don't throw it away thinking it is junk mail! There is detailed information on the AARP website (www.aarp.org).

Here is a picture of the debit card. The letter it's attached to should be from the Money Network Cardholder Services and will have a Department of the Treasury seal in the upper right corner. Please follow the letter's activation instructions.

Beware of telephone scammers pretending to be from Social Security or another government agency. If you receive a scam c...
05/19/2020

Beware of telephone scammers pretending to be from Social Security or another government agency. If you receive a scam call, hang up and report the call to OIG.SSA.gov.

Beware of telephone scammers pretending to be from Social Security or another government agency. If you receive a scam call, hang up and report the call to OIG.SSA.gov.

05/18/2020

Beginning this week, we are resuming office consultations for both new and existing clients. Remote appointments are also available, by telephone or videoconference, and we continue to make home visits where appropriate. If the events of the last few months have gotten you thinking about whether you have an effective estate plan in place to be sure that your wishes are honored and respected, let's sit down and talk about it.

Honored to be included with many of my colleagues in the Elder Law category.
05/14/2020
Super Lawyers - Virginia and West Virginia 2020 - page1

Honored to be included with many of my colleagues in the Elder Law category.

Super Lawyers magazine features the list and profiles of selected attorneys and is distributed to attorneys in the state or region and the ABA-approved

Our clients are increasingly thoughtful about what they want to include in these documents.  Give yours some thought tod...
05/07/2020
Creating your advance directive or living will during a pandemic

Our clients are increasingly thoughtful about what they want to include in these documents. Give yours some thought today.

Covid-19 has caused many people to think about their own mortality. If you're hospitalized and incapacitated, it's worth coming up with legal documents in case you and your family are faced with some tough decisions. Here's what you need to know.

You can designate somebody to manage your benefits for you if you become incapacitated -- must be done through Social Se...
05/06/2020

You can designate somebody to manage your benefits for you if you become incapacitated -- must be done through Social Security (they will not recognize other designations such as a power of attorney). Make sure you have set up access to your Social Security account ("My Social Security") on the Social Security website (www.ssa.gov), and the instructions will be right there.

With Advance Designation, you can have peace of mind knowing that someone you trust will manage your benefits for you, if needed. Choose a representative payee for Social Security to consider before you may need one using your personal my Social Security account: http://ow.ly/WRgg50zacfS

03/29/2020

If you have taken or were planning to take a distribution from your retirement account in 2020, please note:
The Corona Virus Stimulus Act has waived RMD's from most retirement plans for 2020. This includes initial RMD's by those who turned 701/2 in 2019 and decided to delay the distribution until April 1, 2020. If an RMD has been taken but 60 days have not elapsed since the date of distribution, it can be redeposited into the IRA if you have not it before in the last 12 months.

03/20/2020

Nothing is certain these days except that things change! The deadline for filing 2019 tax returns (in addition to the deadline for paying 2019 taxes) has now been extended to July 15.

03/19/2020

The Internal Revenue Service has extended the deadline for paying any 2019 taxes that you may owe, but they have not extended the deadline for filing your tax return! Don't get caught or confused -- file by April 15 unless you request an extension. You can wait to pay any balance that you owe, but you can't wait to file your return!

03/13/2020

The Department of Health and Human Services has designated the coronavirus test as an essential medical service. This means that both Medicare and Medicaid will cover the cost and there is no deductible or copayment.

This is being marketed to runners and bike riders, but could also be a lfe-saver for a family member with dementia who c...
02/07/2020
All Your Info In One Place. Just In Case.

This is being marketed to runners and bike riders, but could also be a lfe-saver for a family member with dementia who could wander off.

AN ID FOR EVERY WRIST Wrist IDs are wearable IDs that looks great, lasts forever, and just might save your life.

12/18/2019

If you want to authorize someone to talk to Medicare on your behalf, you have to use the Medicare form -- don't count on your General Power of Attorney authorization to be enough!

According to Medicare: "Would you like for a family member or caregiver to be able to call Medicare on your behalf? Medicare can't give your personal health information to anyone unless we have permission in writing first. There are 2 ways to give permission:

(1) Print and fill out form CMS-10106: "Authorization to Disclose Personal Health Information" and then mail it to us.

OR

(2) Submit the form online with a Medicare account.
Don't have a Medicare account yet? Signing up is easy and gives you electronic access to your health information. Once you've signed up, fill out and submit the form online by following these steps:
1. Click on your name in the top right corner of the page.
2. Click "My account."
3. Select "Manage my representatives."
4. Click “Medicare Authorization to Disclose Personal Health Information form."
5. Enter the requested information and click the "Continue" button.

Sincerely,
The Medicare Team
Note: People living in New York have additional steps they must take. View the "Authorization to Disclose Personal Health Information form" to learn more.

Fall is a great time to do something like this!
10/10/2019
Volunteers Are Taking Seniors On Rickshaw Rides To Get Them Out In Nature

Fall is a great time to do something like this!

"How can we get these people back on the bicycles?" One man decided to show up at his local nursing home with a rented rickshaw. This changed his life - and the lives of the passengers and the volunteers who came across his project, "Cycling Without Age".

The Social Security Administration has announced a 1.6% cost of living increase in benefits beginning January 1, 2020.  ...
10/10/2019
The United States Social Security Administration

The Social Security Administration has announced a 1.6% cost of living increase in benefits beginning January 1, 2020. Watch for your Benefit Statement in the mail in December, or go online to www.ssa.gov and check under "my Social Security."

Official website of the U.S. Social Security Administration.

Just in time for open enrollment! -- New from CMS (for Medicare Advantage and Plan D programs ONLY):For the first time i...
08/27/2019
Medicare.gov: the official U.S. government site for Medicare | Medicare

Just in time for open enrollment! -- New from CMS (for Medicare Advantage and Plan D programs ONLY):
For the first time in a decade, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today launched a modernized and redesigned Medicare Plan Finder. The Medicare Plan Finder, the most used tool on Medicare.gov, allows users to shop and compare Medicare Advantage and Part D plans. There are more than 60 million people with Medicare coverage. The updated Medicare Plan Finder also provides them and their caregivers with a personalized experience through a mobile friendly and easy-to-read design that will help them learn about different options and select coverage that best meets their health needs. The new Plan Finder walks users through the Medicare Advantage and Part D enrollment process from start to finish and allows people to view and compare many of the supplemental benefits that Medicare Advantage plans offer.
Go to www.medicare.gov to use the new Plan Finder!

We take your privacy seriously. You can change the settings below to make sure you're comfortable with the ways we collect and use information while you're on Medicare.gov. For more information, please see our privacy notice.

08/07/2019

SCAM WARNING. I just got a call saying my Social Security # was suspended. I hung up and googled the claim. Not surprisingly it's a scam. From the SSA and FTC, "No, your Social Security number cannot be suspended, revoked, frozen or blocked. It anyone tells you that, hang up immediately."

07/12/2019

Effective July 1, 2019, Virginia recognizes a statutory form power of attorney to delegate parental or legal custodial powers on a temporary basis. This is something I need to ask my daughter to sign before dropping the grandkids off at my house for Grandma Camp! Virginia Code Section 20-166 is the authority; Virginia Code Section 20-167 is the form.

New opportunities for creating community as we age.
06/10/2019
Opinion | Grow Old Like ‘The Golden Girls’

New opportunities for creating community as we age.

We can’t all depend on adult children to stave off loneliness. College-style living — “minus the keg stands” — can help.

04/03/2019

Half of Older Americans Have Nothing in Retirement Savings! Almost half of Americans approaching retirement have nothing saved in a 401(k) or other individual account, although this new estimate, from the U.S. Government Accountability Office, is slightly better than a few years ago.
Source/more: Bloomberg

While not everybody needs a trust, it can be a useful planning tool.
02/24/2019
Why a Trust Is a Great Estate-Planning Tool — Even if You’re Not Rich

While not everybody needs a trust, it can be a useful planning tool.

It’s never fun to think about how your worldly possessions will be distributed when you go to the great beyond, but consider the alternative: family feuding, unnecessary taxes, and probate. These problems and others can be avoided by setting up a trust.

In February, thousands of randomly selected older adults in the Fairfax area will find yellow post cards in their mailbo...
01/30/2019
The 50+ Community Survey for Fairfax County and Cities of Fairfax and Falls Church | Topics

In February, thousands of randomly selected older adults in the Fairfax area will find yellow post cards in their mailboxes inviting them to participate in a survey. The county has contracted with the National Research Center to conduct the survey, the results of which will be informative in helping to create a more age-friendly community. All responses are anonymous.

If you hear of anyone receiving a post card, please encourage them to participate in the survey that will be mailed to them in a couple of weeks after receiving the post card. For more information, contact: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/topics/50-plus-community-survey

01/02/2019

Don't make the mistake of thinking that not owing any income tax means that you don't have to file a return!! If a single person over the age of 65 has $13,600 or more in gross income, a federal tax return is generally required. For a married person filing jointly, if only one spouse is over 65 the threshold is $25,300; if both spouses are over 65 it is $26,600.

11/15/2018

Did you know??
Fairfax County residents can have library books delivered to them at home for free! If you are unable to travel to the local library due to disability, illness, or frailty, you can apply for this service on the library website -- books of your choosing will be mailed to you; when you are done with them you put them back in the same bag and mail them back. Large print and audio books also available. Check it out at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/branches/as

Get the basics!
11/15/2018

Get the basics!

Have questions about Medicare? Join us on Monday, November 26 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. for Medicare 101. We will address Medicare Part A, Part B, Part C and Part D, as well as how to cover the gaps in Medicare benefits through Medicare Supplement Plans. Free, registration required. http://bit.ly/2zPbP43

10/19/2018

Medicare has announced the beneficiary deductibles and co-payments for 2019. Part B premiums will increase to $135.50 for most people, with a deductible of $185. The Part A Hospital deductible will increase to $1,364 per spell of illness.

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