Dear Mr. Miller: My wife and I have an A-B Trust from the late 90’s. We have about $2.5 million split equally between the house and securities & cash. There is now an $11.2 million death tax exemption. Do we still really need that type of trust? Planner Death Tax Exemptions Portability of Exemption Disadvantages … Read more
Introduction Joint Tenancy Avoids Probate Need for an Attorney Whose Family Will Ultimately Get the House Debts Mortgage Liability Capital Gain Disadvantage Conclusion Dear Mr. Miller: Introduction: My Dad has been living with a woman for a number of years. He has owned his house long before he ever met her and that is where … Read more
Introduction Definitions Substitution Clause Conservatorship Health Care Surrogate Care Manager Mediation Dear Mr. Miller: Introduction: I’ve been thinking. My Dad named my sister as his power of attorney both for financial and medical. He did not name me, or anyone as a backup. He really didn’t give a reason, just said that was what he … Read more
Introduction A-B Trusts Explained Death Tax Goal Portability of Exemption A-B Trust Capital Gain Problem County Property Tax Double the Parent-Child Exclusion Conclusion Dear Mr. Miller: Introduction: I hope you can help. My husband and I have some large real estate holdings in the central valley of California. We want to pass them on to … Read more
Why Powers of Attorney Need to be Reviewed and Updated…. Why is it so important to have a Power of Attorney for Finances? Consider the following story: Bill, a widower, and his son Tom, were in Jack’s office (their attorney) last year. Bill had a house with a potential capital gain of $250,000 (difference between … Read more
A-B Trusts: Don’t Give Away the Capital Gains Step Up! Introduction A-B Trusts Explained Advantages Necessity of Periodic Review Capital Gain Explained Step Up for Decedent’s Trust Methods to Terminate Decedent’s Trust Avoiding Capital Gain on Decedent’s Trust after Death Conclusion Dear Mr. Miller: Introduction: I am a widower. My spouse died several years ago. … Read more
Introduction Qualities of the Ideal Successor Trustee You Never Know Ultimately Who Will Be the Beneficiary Duties With Income and Expenses Duties with Distribution Options for Selecting Successor Trustees Who Can Help You Decide The One Decision Method Not to Use Dear Mr. Miller: Introduction: I am about to revamp my Living Trust. When it … Read more
Introduction Some Benefits of VA Irrevocable Trusts Powers of Appointment All Beneficiaries and Creator Agree Court Order Trustee Draw Out Power Conclusion Dear Mr. Miller: My Mom created an Irrevocable Trust a few years ago so she could qualify for the VA Aid & Attendance benefit. She transferred all of her money ($300,000) and house … Read more
In honor of the recent Halloween holiday, I thought I’d talk about the scariest part of it: the tricks. Elderly individuals, even with estate plans, are frequently the victim of financial abuse by caretakers, children, and living facilities. Even independent trustees and attorneys have been known to take advantage of their clients’ estates for all … Read more
Introduction The Asset List Timeshares The Child’s Debt The IRA’s Multiple Brokerage Accounts Life Insurance with No Dependents Selling Life Insurance Multiple Banks Title and Living Trusts Bottom Line Dear Mr. Miller: Introduction: My parents are getting older and I want to make sure that they are using their money wisely and investing it properly. … Read more
About Living Trusts
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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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