You should always consult an attorney to discuss your particular circumstances, desires, and plans in order to have an estate plan that fully meets your needs. However, as we round into a fifth year since the stock market crashed, I understand that the thought of legal fees is occasionally more intimidating than contemplating your own … Read more
Elder Law Articles
Each of the presidential candidates, Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, has given a differing view about the future of Medicare and Medicaid (Medi-Cal in California). Each of the candidates argues that their plan will save money. However, a lot of confusion continues to exist over whose plan saves the most for seniors, and whose plan … Read more
Military and veteran charities help veterans obtain the benefits to which they are entitled, such as the VA Aid & Attendance Non-Service Connected Disability Pension or put veterans in touch with other professionals and organizations that can help them. Other charities help with reintegration, treatment, and other issues that may arise in a veteran’s life. … Read more
NBC launched a new show called Stars Earn Stripes in which eight celebrities, many of whom are reality TV veterans, compete alongside military veterans in a variety of military training exercises. Each of the celebrities is supporting a cause that champions military veterans and their causes. Although the controversial show waged an extended battle to … Read more
When considering your distribution in your estate plan, there are often obvious choices: your spouse, your children, and your grandchildren are the most frequent beneficiaries. However, your lawyer will generally ask you to think of all the people closest to you, and even some you hope to know who aren’t born yet, and assume you … Read more
Working with an Attorney! Do You Know How? Introduction Problem Difference Between a Typist, a Paralegal, and an Attorney Liability Conclusion Introduction: Margaret made an appointment with an attorney that she had never seen before. She was new to the area and needed to have her estate plan updated. When she sat down with the … Read more
Often clients think of their estate plan as a set of documents dictating how their property will be distributed and who will take care of it. Many also realize that with the recent changes in the estate tax, far fewer people are affected by this tax than were before the Bush presidency. In fact, the … Read more
To commemorate the ends of major wars, the U.S. generally throws a parade in New York City for the veterans who have come home. The parades offer Americans a way to celebrate the end of a trying time, offer thanks to soldiers, and renew our promise to take care of the soldiers who return needing … Read more
The estate tax issue has basically been tabled. Senate Democrats pulled estate tax from their tax proposal to extend the Bush tax cuts for those making less than $250,000 per year. Evidently, the issue is too politically sensitive for politicians to handle; they would rather wait until after the election to create legislation. However, in … 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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