There are only two full months remaining in the year before a huge increase in the federal estate and gift tax is set to be imposed. Depending on the size of your estate, you may want to consider estate planning and gifting strategies immediately in order to take advantage of the current rates. Right now, … Read more
Elder Law Articles
When you create an Advance Healthcare Directive (AHCD) as part of your complete estate plan, you are often asked to imagine the unimaginable. Some attorneys will give you several options for end of life decisions, such as preserving your life as long as possible at one end of the spectrum and denying all attempts to … Read more
In spite of a lot of debate over the wars, foreign policy, entitlements, and other benefits, precious little has been said about the state of veterans during the Presidential and Vice Presidential debates. Aside from recognizing the extraordinary efforts of our troops and extending some rhetorical gratitude, none of the candidates have discussed issues facing … Read more
The state of California has a number of health care programs designed to help the elderly (Medicare) and low income individuals and seniors (MediCal). Among the programs is Healthy Families, which helps insure approximately 860,000 children around the state. The program is currently helping children who do not come from impoverished families, but do come … Read more
As the Medicare and Medicaid debate continues to unfold, everyone seems to agree that, for people who need the government healthcare programs, the programs are literally vital and no one wants to turn their backs on recipients. However, everyone also agrees that the programs, and healthcare in general, are getting too expensive. As a result, … Read more
So you have decided to create an estate plan, but you are unsure how to choose an appropriate estate planning attorney. To be sure, there is no shortage of options in Southern California and many potential clients will choose an attorney based on one factor: price. However, as with any industry, some attorneys are better … Read more
Often when a parent or loved one loses capacity, someone in the family takes control over the incapacitated person’s financial or medical decisions. When the incapacitated person has done proper estate planning in advance, the person who takes over is named in the estate planning documents, such as a Financial Power of Attorney, Trust, or … Read more
The Department of Veterans Affairs (the VA) handles a number of benefit programs for veterans of all ages. The VA provides Veterans Aid & Attendance Non-Service Connected Disability Pension to veterans who require in-home health care, assisted living, or skilled nursing. However, the VA will also provide services from the time of deployment until the … Read more
As the nation moves rapidly toward what is commonly known as “the fiscal cliff,” when a slew of automatic budget cuts and increased tax rates take effect simultaneously (January 1, 2013), many are wondering if Congress will be able to come together before their pending deadline. The fiscal cliff was initially created largely due to … Read more
As the election cycle continues, Governor Mitt Romney has been increasingly pressed to clarify his position on Medicaid (Medi-Cal in California). President Obama’s position, of course, is to expand Medicaid eligibility under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. For most of the election, Governor Romney’s position has been overturning Obamacare. … Read more
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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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