Online resource center to help you explore these key issues, and others, regarding your estate.

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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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Full Steam Ahead…

By merv,

The individual mandate has been the crux of the healthcare overhaul, the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.  The idea is that if healthy people who underutilize their health insurance are required to have insurance, less healthy individuals will be better able to afford health insurance.  Over time, the healthy individuals would reap the  … Read more


A Bird in the Hand…

By merv,

As the saying goes, “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.”  The idea, of course, is that having something of value now is better than the promise of something in the future, even if the promise is technically for more.  However, there are a number of cases in which this is  … Read more


How Effective Is My Directive?

By merv,

Often people come in to ask for an “estate plan.” Sometimes, they have an idea of what a comprehensive estate plan should include. Other times, they simply have a vague notion that a trust of some sort is probably helpful. However, healthcare planning is a large part of the planning process. The VA offers a  … Read more


The Price of Death…

By merv,

There is a lot of mystery surrounding the costs of probate and trust administration that many of my clients may be overlooking when they create their estate plans, or lack of estate plan.  Additionally, the ways to avoid some of these costs are unfathomable to most people.  So what are these costs? Probate:  Generally, the  … Read more


Transferring Assets is NOT Illegal!

By merv,

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recently released a series of reports regarding “pension poaching” and other malfeasance by certain individuals aiding veterans in qualifying for veteran pensions and VA Aid and Attendance.  The report recounts stories of relatively financially secure veterans transferring assets in order to obtain benefits.  However, as the New York Times  … Read more


Medicare Will Pay for My Long Term Care… Won’t It?

By merv,

Introduction Probability of Needing Long Term Care Medicare Medi-Cal (Medicaid) VA Aid & Attendance Non Service Connected Disability Pension Complimentary Report Introduction: Ben and Sally were retired and looking forward to their golden years. They had faithfully put away enough that, when added to their social security and retirement pension, would allow them to live  … 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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