Dear Mr. Miller: I want to leave a gift in my trust to my alma mater. And gifts to 10 other institutions. Between $20,000 and $50,000. As to my alma mater, I would like it to be used for a scholarship for undergraduate history students who have a grade point average of between 2.25 … Read more
Dear Mr. Miller: I am going to make it short and simple: How do I take title with my wife on a house we are about to purchase? This seems like such a simple concept and yet, the real estate broker and escrow officer just give me a list and ask me to choose. I … Read more
Dear Mr. Miller: I’ve read some of your articles on fixing A-B Trusts to avoid the capital gain tax on the B Trust assets. Problem is that both of my parents are gone now and an attorney told me that the B Trust didn’t have the right provisions in it to allow what you’ve called … Read more
Dear Mr. Miller: I already have a Living Trust but I find that I have a rental property in Los Angeles that is titled just in my name, not the Trust. I called a local attorney to do a deed to put the rental in the name of the Living Trust. Since I was leaving … Read more
Step Up In Basis With A-B Trusts Introduction Step Up In Basis Rule Decedent’s Trust Step Up Death Tax Focus Changing the Focus to an Income Tax One Getting Help Dear Mr. Miller: My Dad passed a few months ago. My Mom preceded him back in 2000. They had one of those A-B Trusts. You … Read more
Dear Mr. Miller: My Dad is getting on in years and does not have a Will or a Trust. And he’s not exactly penniless, either. He’s worth about $1.5 million with his house, bank account, and stocks and bonds. If the fear of needing a Probate when he dies weren’t enough complication, he wants to … Read more
Dear Mr. Miller: I am getting worried that I am setting things up for a real problem. My wife and I, both well over 80, are fortunate; we have $3 million in investments–basically securities. We have a beautiful house worth maybe $1.5 million in San Diego. My wife knows nothing about investments so I … Read more
Dear Mr. Miller: I haven’t seen my attorney in 15 years. That’s when he did our trust. At that time, my husband and I had $75,000 in the bank and not much else. Now we have a San Diego house that has appreciated nicely over the years, $200,000 in the bank, some IRA’s and 401K’s … Read more
Dear Mr. Miller: My wife and I have an A-B Trust from the late 90’s. We have about $2.5 million split equally between the house and securities & cash. There is now an $11.2 million death tax exemption. Do we still really need that type of trust? Planner Death Tax Exemptions Portability of Exemption Disadvantages … Read more
Introduction Joint Tenancy Avoids Probate Need for an Attorney Whose Family Will Ultimately Get the House Debts Mortgage Liability Capital Gain Disadvantage Conclusion Dear Mr. Miller: Introduction: My Dad has been living with a woman for a number of years. He has owned his house long before he ever met her and that is where … 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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