The answer, as always, is it depends. But, before you think this will be an article about eligibility requirements rest assured it is not. First, think about what ails you and how you would most like it to be treated. Do you want to be in a hospital or skilled nursing facility? Do you want … Read more
Elder Law Articles
Many of my younger readers are familiar with Facebook and other social networking sites. (Here’s our Facebook page. It can keep you abreast of the headlines for our blogs.) They are frequently warned about how their online presence could negatively impact their real life job prospects and relationships. As a result, many users try to … Read more
Choosing the people who will handle your affairs while you are seriously ill or when you are deceased is a deeply personal decision. You need to decide whom you trust to honor your wishes, determine what medical treatments you will or will not have, take care of your money and, possibly, your children. And you … Read more
Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your loved ones! Valentine’s Day was created to remind us to cherish our loved ones, and to spend a lot of money on cards, flowers, and stuffed animals. For our purposes, though, we will focus on the former. We are all familiar with the old grade-school rhyme: First Comes … Read more
In the ongoing effort to balance the state’s budget amid the economic downturn, the State of California decided late last year to cut Medi-Cal reimbursement rates by 10%. In the ongoing effort to preserve their fees, various professional organizations including the California Hospital Association sued. Last week U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder gave a … Read more
Nearly 49% of all marriages in the United States contained a remarried spouse and for the state of California it is believed to be even higher. It’s important that estate planning documents are updated and beneficiary designations on accounts such as annuities, life insurance policies and retirement plans are changed accordingly. If a person creates … Read more
Beginning last month veterans who qualified for V.A. Aid and Attendance Non Service Connected Pension finally saw an increase in their checks. Although most people feel the cost of living has certainly been rising since 2009, V.A. Aid and Attendance benefits were stagnant. Well, no more! The Congressional Budget Office recommended standard of living increases, … Read more
Do I Need an Attorney to Apply for Medi-Cal? Introduction Qualify the Easy Way Recovery The Problem Transmutation Agreement What Lawyers Accomplish Introduction: Those who wish to qualify for Medi-Cal (Medicaid outside of California) need to meet certain net worth requirements. California’s version allows the disabled spouse to have no more than $2000 while the … 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
For over 3 decades Mr. Miller has helped me with both my business and personal legal affairs. I also am friends with many veterans who praise his work in the field of Veterans Affairs. I would describe him as knowledgeable, experienced, and very trustworthy.
Mr. Miller & Kristen were instrumental in helping me obtain the Veterans Pension Benefit, which has truly been “life-changing” for me! Their involvement was crucial to my qualifying and the successful submission of an application that was approved the first time through. There is no way I would have ever navigated this complex process without their expertise and guidance. It was a pleasure to interact with the staff. All of them were very professional and exhibited a caring/helpful attitude. I am so appreciative of their services. I hope every veteran is able to avail themselves of this wonderful program.
Grateful WWII Naval Veteran
Mr. Miller and his staff expertly handled the complex, intricate filing for a Veterans’ Aid and Attendance pension benefit for my elderly father. This benefit – though it took a seemingly very long time to be approved – turned out to be the sole way our family could possibly afford proper care for a brave vet who had entered the murky waters of dementia. Miller and his staff kept me briefed throughout the process and were instrumental in coaching me what to expect and when. And they were right!