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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 15, 2013 – The open enrollment period for Medicare has begun, when beneficiaries can sign up for private health plans. However, this should not be confused with the new health insurance exchanges that also began operations recently. John D. Hale, a prominent Dallas elder law attorney, explains the difference. “During the open enrollment period, which runs from October 15 to December 7, Medicare beneficiaries may sign up for Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D prescription drug plans,” said Hale. “The health insurance exchanges, by contrast, are for people who do not have health […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 25, 2013 – Seniors in Texas are at high risk from Internet scams and financial elder abuse. According to the FBI’s 2012 Internet Crime Report, Texas ranked third in the nation in the number of complaints received about Internet fraud. This type of scam is just one way that thieves can take advantage of seniors. Older people are also at risk for in-person and telephone scams and for theft and fraud by caregivers and other service providers. “It is very important to be aware of the various ways that financial elder abuse can be […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 28, 2012 – Once a trust is in place, the important task of administering it according to the trust agreement and relevant laws begins. “Anyone who agrees to serve as a trustee has a fiduciary duty to act in the beneficiary’s best interests. While the trustee may understand that legal duties exist, the trustee may not know how to fulfill their legal obligations and minimize their liability exposure,” said Dallas trust lawyer and estate planning lawyer John Hale, of The Hale Law Firm. The Hale Law Firm helps individuals and institutions with the trust […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 22, 2012 – “Jeopardize your intentions. Alienate a loved family member. Tie your assets up in court –these are just a few of the consequences that could happen if you do not update your estate plan,” said Dallas estate planning attorney John Hale of The Hale Law Firm. No one likes to think it will happen to them, but the years go by and an estate plan that was drafted years ago needs to be looked at much like going to the doctor for an annual checkup. “You should do an annual review to […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 31, 2012 – A recent study showed that 70 percent of intergenerational wealth transfers fail, according to The Williams Group that researched this issue over a 20-year time span. The high failure rate was due to inadequate preparation or post-transition planning. If the heirs – including children and grandchildren – had been better prepared, they would have done better at keeping their wealth. “What this shows is that properly allocating and protecting assets is crucial to maintaining your wealth,” said Dallas wealth management attorney and estate planning attorney John Hale, of The Hale Law […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 27, 2012 – In the New Year, it is essential to get finances and life wishes in order. Without an estate plan, courts will make the final decision on a person’s wishes and assets. “Many people think that estate plans are only for the elderly or wealthy,” said Dallas estate planning lawyer John Hale, of The Hale Law Firm. “It is never too early to plan and people of all incomes should take the time to create a will and estate plan. Otherwise your children and heirs could be left battling with the court […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 30, 2011 – Since the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act long-term care program has been eliminated, many senior citizens are left wondering how they will pay for services such as nursing home care and other forms of elder care. CLASS was poised to assist individuals in obtaining affordable long-term care insurance, but after analysis showed that it was financially unsustainable, the Obama Administration has called off the program. Individuals must now go back to traditional ways to pay for their elder care. “Medicare does not assist with long-term care. Many people […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 15, 2011 – The downturn in the economy is transforming the makeup of the typical American household. Multi-generational households are on the rise. Increasingly, elderly parents are moving in with their adult children. In some case these elderly parents may be also be electing to share their home with unemployed, college-educated grandchildren. As retirement plans take a beating and unemployment continues, families are coping by sharing financial and care-giving responsibilities under one roof. The Pew Research Center estimates that multi-generational households have increased by more than 10 percent since 2007. Census Bureau data from […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 23, 2011 – The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services has increased the state’s daily average private-pay rate for nursing home care, which affects the transfer of assets divisor for the Medicaid penalty period. The new rate of $142.92 is used to calculate transfer penalties for individuals requesting Medicaid services who have transferred assets for less than fair market value within five years of applying for Medicaid assistance. The new rate is effective for all persons with case actions starting September 1, 2011. “Transfers of assets play a big role in your Medicaid […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 1, 2011 – The Hale Law Firm recently launched its new website at www.thehalelawfirm.com. The firm is a trusted resource in Dallas, Waxahachie, and north Texas for clients seeking wealth management, asset protection, and superior customer service for all their family’s long-term planning needs. The website is a powerful extension of their wealth of knowledge, and a way for clients to access resources around the clock. “We are called on to lead seminars, write books, and represent people’s greatest needs as they age,” said Dallas elder law attorney Jacob Hale. “It was a natural […]


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