Online resource center to help you explore these key issues, and others, regarding your estate.

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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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Loved One Died: What Experts Do I Need?

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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


Are You Covered?

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Amidst the continued attempts to repeal or defund Obamacare, California is moving ahead with Covered California, the new state-run health insurance exchange, which could have a major impact on Californians’ health care insurance options.  It is important for you to be aware of the provisions of Obamacare that apply to you, particularly if you are  … Read more


Are We Legally a Couple NOW?

By merv,

The rights and benefits conferred on married couples by various federal and state entities are being expanded in new and, occasionally, surprising ways.  It is still true, of course that heterosexual marriages are the ultimate legal couple, with the broadest rights available to them.  However, with the recent Supreme court decisions overturning the Defense of  … Read more


There’s a Certificate for Medical Billing?

By merv,

The quagmire that is the medical billing process is confusing, to say the least.  It is so confusing, in fact, that there are college courses specifically directed toward teaching people how to do it and entire jobs dedicated solely to medical invoicing.  The medical industry is far from the standard consumer model where you choose  … Read more


Mental Health and Medi-Cal…

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Last week a tragedy in sleepy Newtown, CT rocked the nation as a killer claimed the lives of 26 people in an elementary school, his mother, and himself.  The sheer atrocity of the act has brought gun control and mental health to the forefront of political debate.  It should be noted that the shooter has  … Read more


Feeling Sick? There’s an App for That!

By merv,

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


As this tax season draws to a close…

By merv,

The Veterans Homes Fund could use your help.  On your California income tax return (Form 540), you have the opportunity to donate all or some of your refund to various organizations.  The CA Veteran’s Home Fund was added to income tax returns last year.  In order to remain on the return, it must generate $250,000  … Read more


Will Medicare cover my treatment?

By merv,

The answer, as always, is it depends.  But, before you think this will be an article about eligibility requirements rest assured it is not.  First, think about what ails you and how you would most like it to be treated.  Do you want to be in a hospital or skilled nursing facility?  Do you want  … Read more


Medi-Cal Funds Safe – For Now…

By merv,

In the ongoing effort to balance the state’s budget amid the economic downturn, the State of California decided late last year to cut Medi-Cal reimbursement rates by 10%.  In the ongoing effort to preserve their fees, various professional organizations including the California Hospital Association sued. Last week U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder gave a  … Read more


Should I Go After Medi-Cal or VA Benefits–Which is Better?

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When someone’s health declines to the point that care assistance is needed either in the home or in a facility, it quickly becomes apparent that the cost of this care is quite expensive.  Many folks contact our office for information about and assistance with applying for public benefits for the payment of long term care  … 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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