Dear Mr. Miller: I just received a tax bill from the county tax assessor for $10,000 more than it should be. Something is wrong! What can I do? My Mom died 5 years ago. I inherited the house. It’s been rented out for some time. This is the first property tax bill I have received. … 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 Use the Proper Expert Experts You Will Need Selecting an Attorney Tax Advisor CPA Enrolled Agent Registered Tax Preparer Financial Advisor Trust Companies & Banks Certified Financial Planner Dear Mr. Miller: Introduction My husband just passed and I am worried—really worried. Do we have money? Yes, I think so. The problem is, I really … Read more
SELLING A HOUSE OF A LONG AGO DECEDENT –FINDING THE DEATH CERTIFICATE… Introduction Title Insurance Company Involvement Death Certificate from County Clerk Death Certificate–Check Your Files Death Certificate–Prior Sale Death Certificate–Prior Purchase Death Certificate–In Person and Online Dear Mr. Miller: Introduction: My grandmother passed several months ago. We are now ready to sell her house. … Read more
Introduction Capital Gains and the QTip Election House Sold for Less Than Fair Market Value County Property Tax Increase and Non Pro Rata Distribution Distribution Disputes and Liability Conclusion Dear Mr. Miller: Introduction: Ok, my Dad just died. I’m in charge of taking care of everything and getting my brother and sister their shares, everyone … Read more
When Hell Freezes Over I’ll Hire an Attorney Introduction Capital Gains and the QTip Election House Sold for Less Than Fair Market Value County Property Tax Increase and Non Pro Rata Distribution Distribution Disputes and Liability Conclusion Dear Mr. Miller: Introduction: Ok, my Dad just died. I’m in charge of taking care of everything and … Read more
Introduction Keeping Things Less Expensive and Simple(r) Deadlines & Annuities IRA’s Death Tax Exemption Disclaimer A-B Trust Divisions Valuations Conclusion A Survival Guide for Those Left Behind: The Price of a Loved One’s Dying Done Right… Dear Mr. Miller: Introduction: My Dad died last month. I really don’t want to go through the bother of … Read more
Introduction Basic Rule My Daughter’s Conundrum Why Legal Advice Is Necessary County Property Tax Liability Conclusion Dear Mr. Miller: Introduction: My Dad recently died and I’m in charge of tying up the loose ends. My CPA told me that all I need to do is record a document with the county recorder to change title … Read more
Introduction Liability for Wrong Decision Disclaimer Receipt Deposit with County Written Instructions Bank Account for Beneficiary Abandoned Property Conclusion Dear Mr. Miller: Introduction: I am tying up my Dad’s estate. He died a few months ago owning a house in Northern California and $45,000 in the bank. The Trust directed that the house was to … Read more
Planning your own funeral may seem like a daunting task, but it is also an area rife with problems for surviving family members. We often think about how an estate plan may affect our loved ones and whether it will create strife. However, particularly when a parent dies, siblings may have trouble determining how “nice” … 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
For over 3 decades Mr. Miller has helped me with both my business and personal legal affairs. I also am friends with many veterans who praise his work in the field of Veterans Affairs. I would describe him as knowledgeable, experienced, and very trustworthy.
Mr. Miller & Kristen were instrumental in helping me obtain the Veterans Pension Benefit, which has truly been “life-changing” for me! Their involvement was crucial to my qualifying and the successful submission of an application that was approved the first time through. There is no way I would have ever navigated this complex process without their expertise and guidance. It was a pleasure to interact with the staff. All of them were very professional and exhibited a caring/helpful attitude. I am so appreciative of their services. I hope every veteran is able to avail themselves of this wonderful program.
Grateful WWII Naval Veteran
Mr. Miller and his staff expertly handled the complex, intricate filing for a Veterans’ Aid and Attendance pension benefit for my elderly father. This benefit – though it took a seemingly very long time to be approved – turned out to be the sole way our family could possibly afford proper care for a brave vet who had entered the murky waters of dementia. Miller and his staff kept me briefed throughout the process and were instrumental in coaching me what to expect and when. And they were right!