These days there is a lot of talk about the aging population, health of Social Security and Medicare, Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, and the rising cost of necessary medical care. Understanding how all of these topics interplay with each other can be a daunting task for anyone. Often, for someone who is ill, it is the … Read more
Elder Law Articles
There is a wealth of good estate planning information, especially on the internet. Additionally, it is really easy to find fill in the blank estate planning forms from service providers such as LegalZoom or, more recently, TaxAct. However, one size does not fit all in the estate planning world; there are a number of ways … Read more
Much of the talk in 2012 was related to the “fiscal cliff,” when a number of tax breaks would expire and automatic spending cuts would be triggered. Born out of Congress’s inability to resolve major issues at the end of 2011, they created the concept of sequestration which would be so unbearable that no one … Read more
Choosing the people who will handle your affairs while you are seriously ill, injured, or missing is a deeply personal decision. Additionally, each document that you may use in order to give people power over your person and your estate covers its own issues and may have its own fiduciaries. Understanding, creating, and reviewing your … Read more
The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) heard oral arguments on January 8, 2013 regarding an interesting Medicaid reimbursement case. After a person’s death, Medicaid (Medi-Cal in California) will often attempt to recover some of the medical expenses spent on behalf of the Medicaid beneficiary from the estate. In a lesser known cost recovery … Read more
California is a heavily agricultural state. With more than 25 million acres of farmland, laws and regulations affecting farmers would hit a significant portion of the Californian population. During the past year, farmers have been pushing for a number of important changes, some of which have implications for people outside of farming communities as well. … Read more
During this time of year, the VA has generally required that veterans receiving certain benefits file an Eligibility Verification Report (EVR) annually; most veterans would be expecting their forms now. Failure to fill in and return the EVR ran the risk of kicking the veteran out of the payment system. However, the VA has announced … Read more
When Is a Couple Legally a Couple? California State Law Purposes Veterans Benefits Medi-Cal Income Tax This seems like such an easy question, but it isn’t. Why? Because it depends on for what issue one asks this question. And there are numerous issues for which one could ask this question. The most frequent areas for … Read more
VA Accreditation, Board Certification, Degrees, Designations– What Are These and Why Are They Important? Introduction The Potential Disaster VA Accreditation Board Certification Degrees & Designations What Should You Be Looking For? Introduction Attorneys and other professionals can sport many different titles, certifications, and letters after their name. When it comes to VA benefits to pay … Read more
Setting Your Child Up to be a Pigeon! Introduction The Problem Long Term Trusts Introduction: Ron inherited $1.5 million from his parents two years ago. He was an only child. At 25 he thought he thought he was on easy street. After all, he told himself, I’m a college graduate and have a good job … 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
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