George Reilly is passionate about ensuring that his clients have the critical legal documents they need to be legally ready if and when unfortunate life events occur. He calls his approach Peace of Mind Planning because that is the result he provides for his clients. Once they have their plans in place, matching up their legal documents with their personal finances, and ensuring that there will be no unintended consequences if something should happen to them, our clients often tell us that they feel that a great weight has been lifted off their shoulders and they truly have peace of mind.
George has been an attorney for more than 30 years, with much of his career serving the legal needs of Sailors, Marines, and their families as a Naval officer in the Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps. Don’t let the formal lawyer photo below fool you, George is now a firm believer in “casual professionalism” and rarely takes a suit out of his closet. George still wears a uniform, but now it is a polo shirt with the Reilly Law, PLC logo proudly worn. And we extend this attitude towards our dog-friendly office where George’s beagle/spaniel mix Lucy serves as receptionist. (Lucy’s photo is on the main page). For those prospective clients who want a more formal environment and a lawyer in an expensive suit, we are probably not the best fit for you.
George F. Reilly But don’t let “casual professionalism” distract you from George’s legal qualifications and experience. Originally from Long Island, New York, he earned his bachelor’s degree from Manhattan College and his law degree from Saint John’s University School of Law. In 1997, George earned a Masters in Law degree from George Washington University School of Law with a specialization in income taxation and estate planning.
George is also a Certified Financial Planner™, a designation awarded by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. upon completion of a rigorous CFP® certification process that includes demanding education, examination, experience, and ethical requirements. Although fewer than 5% of all of the CFPs in the U.S. also have a law degree, George recognized the importance of the financial planning process in preparing a comprehensive estate plan and earned this certification to enhance his legal practice. Over the past few years, he has refined this merger of financial and legal planning into the comprehensive Peace of Mind Plan that his firm offers.
During his Navy career, George served as the Navy’s Tax Counsel during three separate assignments. In that position, he represented the interests of Navy leadership as well as Sailors and their families with respect to tax legislation, regulations, and policy. He also did extensive writing and teaching on such topics as income and estate taxation, estate planning, legal readiness, and financial planning.
George was a co-founder and principal instructor at the military’s advanced estate planning course. A recognized expert in taxation and estate planning issues and practice, George was invited to serve as an instructor at all three military Judge Advocate General’s Schools. He was also a regular guest instructor at Internal Revenue Service training where he taught IRS staff about military-specific tax issues.
After his retirement from the Navy, George joined a McLean, Virginia law firm that specialized in high net worth client estate and tax planning, estate and trust administration, and which also had an affiliated financial planning practice. He later returned to Government service before opening Reilly Law, PLC to serve the needs of clients who would benefit from an estate and life planning but do not necessarily require extensive estate tax planning or have complex planning needs. George will be happy to help clients who need sophisticated estate planning find a law firm that specializes in such cases.
George is a member of the bar in Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Rhode Island (currently on inactive status), and is admitted to the United States Supreme Court, the United States Tax Court, and other Federal and State courts.
Contact George today to discuss how you can prepare your own Peace of Mind Plan.