Dear Mr. Miller: I know I need a Living Trust so that my $1.5 million house won’t go through Probate when I pass. I don’t want my two sons to have to pay those S.O.B. attorneys just to get my house. I’m going to put the oldest in charge. Although they don’t get along, the … Read more
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Dear Mr. Miller: My third husband died a few months ago. He was my caregiver as I have been an invalid for 4 years. I am not sure what to do now as a full time caregiver is going to cost close to $10,000 per month and I just don’t have that much money coming … Read more
Dear M. Miller: My Dad passed over a year ago. He was living in a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC). He paid a hefty fee when he originally entered, about $350,000. My understanding was that 75% of that would be refunded when he passed. When I first inquired about the refund, the CCRC said they … Read more
Dear Mr. Miller: My Dad, mentally, is just not what he used to be. To the extreme! He has now lost over $100,000 to senior fraud. He received a call last month from a person who claimed to be an attorney in Canada. The person explained that my uncle was in jail for drunk driving … Read more
Dear Mr. Miller: I’m concerned about making sure that my kids carry out my wishes. I have a Living Trust so what I want to occur after I’m gone is laid out. But what about if I’m in an accident or have a stroke and can no longer function mentally? How do I know that … Read more
Dear Mr. Miller: I need your help. I just received notice that one of the websites with whom I do business was hacked. The bad guy got into everyone’s accounts and stole credit card information, personal IDs, everything. What do I do? Panicked Social Security Numbers Credit Feeze E-services Block/Direct Deposit Fraud Prevention Block … Read more
Dear Mr. Miller: I am approaching 65 and am going to be eligible for Medicare. But all of these plans: A, B, J, G, Medigap, Medicare Advantage–what are they? All I want is a plan that will cover me like my work plan did. In my job, the company told me what I was getting. … Read more
Dear Mr. Miller: My husband and I have a living trust. Our apologies, we didn’t get it from you–probably should have as you seem to know your stuff. Anyway, I was looking through the various documents and noticed that our Trust has something called schedules in back. A Schedule A, H, and W. There is … Read more
Dear Mr. Miller: My Dad moved to an assisted living facility(ALF) in Northern California last month. I helped him with the papers and getting everything signed. The monthly fees are going to be about $8000 due to my Dad’s needs. He really doesn’t have any income to speak of. He does have about $100,000 in … Read more
Dear Mr. Miller: I am getting up in years and trying to decide if my Living Trust, as it stands, needs to be changed. I put it together many years ago and named my daughter, now in her 60’s, as the one to take over for me if I can’t handle my affairs anymore, or … Read more
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