Introduction Existing Rules VA Pension Program Gifting Medi-Cal The New Proposed Rules Look Back Period Penalty Period Net Worth Limit Effective Date Conclusion Dear Mr. Miller: Introduction: My 91 year old Dad is running out of money and needs help to pay his bills. His finances were fine and then he had a stroke. That … 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
Introduction Questions Needing Answering Increasing the VA Disability Rating Retroactive Benefits Dept. of Defense CRSC Dept of Defense Requirements VA Aid & Attendance Medi-Cal & Financial Solutions Conclusion Dear Mr. Miller: Introduction: I’m writing this on Memorial Day when we honor all of the Vets. My Dad was a Vet of the Vietnam War. He … Read more
REMARRIED SPOUSE NEEDS VA BENEFITS Introduction Basic Rule Remarriage has Ended Spouse at Least 57 and Remarriage after Certain Date Spouse at Least 57 and Claim Filed in 2004 Remarriage Annulment Divorce Vacation Conclusion Dear Mr. Miller: Introduction: My Mom is now in an assisted living facility and the cost is going to send her … Read more
Can a Remarried Spouse Claim a Veterans Benefit (Part 1)? Divorced Spouse of a Veteran Who Marries a Non-Veteran Prior to Veteran’s Death and after Marriage to Veteran Terminates Spouse of Deceased Veteran Who Remarries Another After Veterans Death Can an individual who was previously married to a Veteran and has remarried claim the VA … Read more
The benefits available from the VA help many veterans through difficult periods of their life. The benefits may help veterans obtain a college education, transition to the civilian workforce, compensate for a disabling injury, or pay for home care during old age. However, the nature of most benefits is that they are time-sensitive; the veteran … Read more
This deceptively simple question is most often phrased as a sentence: “I am going to sell the house.” Unfortunately, if the property does not belong to you, it is not enough to simply hire an agent and list the property, even when you have the authority to do so. Furthermore, it may be a mistake! … Read more
Planning for benefits eligibility in old age makes good financial sense. Many people fear outliving their retirement accounts even without major expenses depleting their accounts. Unforeseen health expenses can deplete an estate rapidly, particularly if you need help with basic, daily tasks through regular home care or skilled nursing. When it comes to planning for … Read more
Introduction VA Pension Rates Net Worth Limits Congress’ Approach to Make Changes Status of Congressional Bill Medi-Cal Medi-Cal Transfer Penalties Ultimate Answer Dear Mr. Miller: Introduction: My Dad is in assisted living and it is costing $4000 per month. He is a Korean War Vet. He only has $1800 monthly coming in from social security … Read more
It’s that time of year again: Veterans Day! Veterans Day is a day of celebrating those who honorably served our country at home and abroad. On Monday, the annual Veterans Day parade will be held in downtown San Diego, specifically highlighting Vietnam veterans and commemorating 50 years since the war. Vietnam veterans have had particular … 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
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!