I received a recent inquiry from a past client. He had questions about his father’s situation.With some changes to the facts to hide the identity, here is my response. Dear Mr. Miller: We need to make some decisions about caring for our dad. He can no longer live on his own without help. He doesn’t … Read more
Elder Law Articles
Many people believe that Medicare covers nursing home stays. In fact Medicare’s coverage of nursing home care is quite limited. Medicare covers up to 100 days of “skilled nursing care” per illness. But there are a number of requirements that must be met before the nursing home stay will be covered. If you can’t afford the … Read more
Having trouble viewing this video? Click here Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.comFox News originally aired this video February 6, 2011 and again on July 6, 2011. We all know at least one veteran. My father served valiantly as did many other WWII veterans. That is one reason I am dedicated to finding ways to … Read more
Boomer Children Discover How They and Their 65+ Parents Can Afford Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing, Home Care…. Do your parents qualify? In this webinar, VA Accredited Attorney Merwyn J. Miller will explain how your parents can receive this government benefit to help pay for assisted living, skilled nursing, or in home care. He will also … Read more
The graying of America is definitely upon us. With more and more seniors needing assistance, some are finding new ways to live out their golden years. In this week’s New York Times blog “The New Old Age,” writer Emily Liedel examines some alternatives to the nursing homes and assisted living centers of the past. For instance, in Emily’s … Read more
A client called me the other day asking what I know about annuities. She was invited by a friend to attend a free seminar with a free lunch by a “Trust Advisor.” Her friend, recently widowed, didn’t have a trust and didn’t know how best to invest her nest egg left by her late husband. … Read more
Americans who take time off work to care for their aging parents are losing an estimated $3 trillion dollars in wages, pension and Social Security benefits, according to a new MetLife study. If you’re like most, you don’t have time to read and analyze their 26-page report, so MetLife gives a top ten list of … Read more
Americans who take time off work to care for their aging parents are losing an estimated $3 trillion dollars in wages, pension and Social Security benefits, according to a new MetLife study. Meanwhile, the percentage of adult children providing basic care for their parents has skyrocketed in recent years. If you’re like most, you don’t … Read more
The short answer is yes, everyone needs to think about long-term care planning. The more complicated answer is: What type of care will you need? What will it cost? How will you pay for it? No one can say for sure that you will end up in a nursing home, but statistics show that for … Read more
Think your estate planning is done once you’ve gone to the trouble of making a will? Think again. All your hard work can be undone with the stroke of a pen when you open a bank, brokerage, or retirement account. Investors have the option of naming beneficiaries directly on a wide range of financial products. The … 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!