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Mr. Miller has many years of experience in designing and implementing a comprehensive variety of Trusts, Wills, and other estate planning documents, as well as settling estates in the most expedient and appropriate method. Further, he counsels and assists clients on becoming eligible for VA benefits and Medi-Cal.

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Mr. Miller has many years of experience in designing and implementing a comprehensive variety of wills, trusts and other estate planning documents, using strategies appropriate to each situation — from the basic to the most complex.

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Mr. Miller has many years of experience in designing and implementing a comprehensive variety of wills, trusts and other estate planning documents, using strategies appropriate to each situation — from the basic to the most complex.

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Elder Law Articles

California Property Tax and Prop 13…

By merv,

In 1978 California voters approved Proposition 13 to rein in property taxes that had doubled in 10 years. The measure was the inspiration for an anti-tax movement that has taken hold of the public discourse in Washington and in state legislatures throughout the country. Prop 13 caps the county real estate property tax at 1  … Read more


VA Urges Breast Cancer Awareness….

By merv,

October is breast cancer awareness month and the VA wants to make sure all female veterans talk with their healthcare provider about breast cancer screenings and schedule regular mammograms. Breast cancer affects so many of our family members and the VA, among many other fine organizations, are doing what they can to spread awareness and  … Read more


Change We Can Believe In…Except These Changes Were Actually Signed Into Law!

By merv,

We talk about elder law a lot on this blog because it’s such an important and growing area of the law that is constantly evolving based on the changing economic climate facing seniors. Over this last weekend Governor Jerry Brown signed the Elder Economic Planning Act of 2011. Ok, great, well what IS the Elder  … Read more


Do It Yourself Wills & Trusts

By merv,

Forbes magazine had a recent article about Legal Zoom, an internet company that “targets the high-volume, low-cost business of providing basic consumer and business documents.”  According to the article, the legal establishment is up in arms about it. This situation reminds me of an incident when I was just starting out as a lawyer (the  … Read more


Don’t Know Anything About Medicare? You’re Not Alone!

By merv,

A couple of weeks ago we talked about the basics of Medicare , such as what are the different parts (A-D) and requirements for qualifying and receiving benefits. The reality is most people don’t know much, if anything, about this government benefit, so don’t be ashamed if you’re one them! But it’s not too late  … Read more


Don’t Be in Denial About Aging, Plan for It!.

By merv,

Planning for government benefits is more important than ever. We have a heavily aging population and we are facing severe budgeting problems in Washington.  This will probably result in government benefits (Medi-Cal, for example) becoming more difficult to obtain due to stricter qualification guidelines. Want proof.  The latest U.S. Census Bureau brief on data from  … Read more


About Living Trusts

About Living Trusts is hosted by the Law Offices of Merwyn J. Miller, as your online resource center to help you explore these key issues, and others, regarding your estate.

Merwyn J. Miller, J.D.


  • Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law
  • Co-Author of legal text book and of “Don’t Go Broke in a Nursing Home
  • Teacher of law courses at public and private colleges
  • Continuing Education Instructor for attorneys
  • Columnist for largest regional newspaper in San Diego County and professional journals for 15 years, Contributing author to the book “In Your Service: The Veteran’s Friend”
  • Masters Degree in Financial Services - Estate Planning
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