Dear Mr. Miller: I’m all alone now. My husband of 39 years passed a few months ago. Thank goodness for my kids who have been helping me through this very difficult time. My husband handled all of the finances, investments, and insurance matters. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not stupid; actually I’m a college graduate. … Read more
Introduction Use the Proper Expert Experts You Will Need Selecting an Attorney Tax Advisor CPA Enrolled Agent Registered Tax Preparer Financial Advisor Trust Companies & Banks Certified Financial Planner Dear Mr. Miller: Introduction My husband just passed and I am worried—really worried. Do we have money? Yes, I think so. The problem is, I really … Read more
Amidst the continued attempts to repeal or defund Obamacare, California is moving ahead with Covered California, the new state-run health insurance exchange, which could have a major impact on Californians’ health care insurance options. It is important for you to be aware of the provisions of Obamacare that apply to you, particularly if you are … Read more
The rights and benefits conferred on married couples by various federal and state entities are being expanded in new and, occasionally, surprising ways. It is still true, of course that heterosexual marriages are the ultimate legal couple, with the broadest rights available to them. However, with the recent Supreme court decisions overturning the Defense of … Read more
The quagmire that is the medical billing process is confusing, to say the least. It is so confusing, in fact, that there are college courses specifically directed toward teaching people how to do it and entire jobs dedicated solely to medical invoicing. The medical industry is far from the standard consumer model where you choose … Read more
Last week a tragedy in sleepy Newtown, CT rocked the nation as a killer claimed the lives of 26 people in an elementary school, his mother, and himself. The sheer atrocity of the act has brought gun control and mental health to the forefront of political debate. It should be noted that the shooter has … Read more
As the Medicare and Medicaid debate continues to unfold, everyone seems to agree that, for people who need the government healthcare programs, the programs are literally vital and no one wants to turn their backs on recipients. However, everyone also agrees that the programs, and healthcare in general, are getting too expensive. As a result, … Read more
The Veterans Homes Fund could use your help. On your California income tax return (Form 540), you have the opportunity to donate all or some of your refund to various organizations. The CA Veteran’s Home Fund was added to income tax returns last year. In order to remain on the return, it must generate $250,000 … Read more
The answer, as always, is it depends. But, before you think this will be an article about eligibility requirements rest assured it is not. First, think about what ails you and how you would most like it to be treated. Do you want to be in a hospital or skilled nursing facility? Do you want … Read more
In the ongoing effort to balance the state’s budget amid the economic downturn, the State of California decided late last year to cut Medi-Cal reimbursement rates by 10%. In the ongoing effort to preserve their fees, various professional organizations including the California Hospital Association sued. Last week U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder gave a … 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!