Elder Law Newsletter – May Legal Update
Chambliss Elder Law Newsletter is a bi-monthly e-newsletter of legal developments and other trends of vital interest to seniors and their advocates. This newsletter is brought to you by Leah McElmoyl and other members of the Elder Law Practice Group of Chambliss Law Firm.
Chambliss Law Firm Monthly Editorial
Grandpa Is Still Driving
by Amy Boulware, Care Manager (LAP MSW)
My dad has often told friends and family that if they don’t want him to come, they shouldn’t invite him because he’ll definitely be there. He has spent a lifetime traveling the world, and this trip didn’t seem much different. But, it was. He won’t be driving a long distance ever again.
Shortly after he arrived home, my dad said he wanted to talk. We talk every day, so I wasn’t really concerned. He proceeded to tell me that the drive completely exhausted him and that he didn’t feel safe. Dad said he had to pull off the road several times to rest, and his body just hasn’t recovered. Even though he broke the trip up into shorter days, he still didn’t feel good about it. Admitting this was extremely difficult for him. [Click to read the full story and 8 Tips for Aging and Driving.]
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New Medicare Card – Potential for Scams
- Between now and April 2019, new Medicare cards will be issued to replace old cards having Social Security numbers on them due to the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act.
- There is no charge for the new cards.
- Note: the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Social Security office employees will not be soliciting by phone or email.
- Please be cautious of anyone calling or emailing about replacing Medicare cards.
- If you have questions, please contact Sally Brewer or Amy Boulware of our elder law team.
Adding to Uncertainty for Scam Targets, the IRS Now Allows Private Debt Collectors to Dun Taxpayers
In a move that could be confusing to seniors who are vulnerable to scams, the IRS will begin using private debt collection agencies to collect past-due taxes.
Dispute Between Brothers Demonstrates Need to Plan for Long-Term Care
A recent New Jersey appeals court case demonstrates how important it is for families to come up with a long-term care plan before an emergency strikes.
Short-Term Care Insurance: An Alternative to the Long-Term Care Variety
A little-known insurance option can be an answer for some people who might need care but are unable to buy long-term care insurance.
Study Finds That Social Security Workers Often Provide Incomplete Information
Americans are misinformed about many aspects of Social Security, and local Social Security offices may not be helping, according to a study by the Government Accountability Office.