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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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Do Survivor Benefits Survive Divorce?

By merv,

Surviving spouses are eligible for a number of benefits after the death of their spouse.  There are estate tax benefits, such as the marital deduction allowing estate tax-free transfers to the surviving spouse, a simplified probate procedure (the spousal petition), and the list goes on.  Most benefits are available only to surviving spouses who are  … Read more


Changes on the Way for Veterans Benefits?

By merv,

Introduction Problem Current Law Net Worth Test Income Test Net Worth Strategies New Law Changes Income Strategies Annuities Effective Date Conclusion Introduction: The Veterans Aid & Attendance Non Service Connected Disability Benefit can be a god-send to families trying to afford the costs of assisted living or in home care. Most of the cases that  … Read more


Head in the Sand Administration…

By merv,

Following the death of a loved one, there are a large number of tasks that must be completed.  Among the first is to determine whether there is a will or trust and to locate it.  If the decedent has engaged in preplanning, there may even be instructions regarding burial or cremation in the documents.  Depending  … Read more


An Estate Fit for a King…

By merv,

Although the Revolutionary War rid Americans of the requirement to care about the British monarchy, the news media has been abuzz with the happy news of a prince.  Prince William and Kate Middleton have had their first child, who is third in line to the throne after Prince Charles and Prince William.  So far, the  … Read more


Your Very Very Very Fine House…

By merv,

Family dynamics are unique to each family unit.  Particularly in the last few years, family members are living together more often and adult children are staying or returning home more frequently.  Additionally, more and more people are choosing home health care options over long-term nursing home care during their elderly years, sometimes employing a family  … Read more


When Travel Plans Go Awry…

By merv,

A few weekends ago an airplane tragically crashed at the San Francisco airport, killing two young Chinese students and injuring over 160 others.  The effects of the tragedy reverberated throughout the country as many airports suffered delays and cancelled flights.  Of course, the inconvenience of delays may have racked up travel expenses for tourists and  … Read more


Same Sex Marriages and Planning…

By merv,

The Supreme Court has officially struck down Article 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which affects same sex married couples who were legally married during the brief time the state allowed same sex marriages.  Additionally, the Court determined that proponents of the controversial Proposition 8 do not have standing to defend the voter-approved  … Read more


Avoiding VA Pitfalls…

By merv,

For those who require assistance with daily activities, such as eating, bathing, and moving around, some of the cost of care can be covered through the VA Aid & Attendance Non-Service connected disability pension.  Although the benefit can be very helpful, topping out at over $24,000 per year in assistance, it can also be difficult  … Read more


The Things We Remember…

By merv,

For those who watch late-night television, you are probably already familiar with the fact that the Daily Show and Colbert Report typically run new episodes at the same time and take breaks at the same time.  For that reason, it may have seemed odd that this week, the Daily Show was airing current episodes while  … 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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