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Mr. Miller has many years of experience in designing and implementing a comprehensive variety of Trusts, Wills, and other estate planning documents, as well as settling estates in the most expedient and appropriate method. Further, he counsels and assists clients on becoming eligible for VA benefits and Medi-Cal.

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Mr. Miller has many years of experience in designing and implementing a comprehensive variety of wills, trusts and other estate planning documents, using strategies appropriate to each situation — from the basic to the most complex.

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Mr. Miller has many years of experience in designing and implementing a comprehensive variety of wills, trusts and other estate planning documents, using strategies appropriate to each situation — from the basic to the most complex.

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Elder Law Articles

Where’s the Insurance Policies? What Insurance Policies!

By merv,

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


A-B Trusts: What are the Advantages

By merv,

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


Did New Wife Pull a Fast One?

By merv,

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


What to Do When Power of Attorney Resigns?

By merv,

Introduction Definitions Substitution Clause Conservatorship Health Care Surrogate Care Manager Mediation Dear Mr. Miller: Introduction:  I’ve been thinking. My Dad named my sister as his power of attorney both for financial and medical.  He did not name me, or anyone as a backup.  He really didn’t give a reason, just said that was what he  … Read more


Doubling the Parent-Child Property Tax Exclusion…

By merv,

Introduction A-B Trusts Explained Death Tax Goal Portability of Exemption A-B Trust Capital Gain Problem County Property Tax Double the Parent-Child Exclusion Conclusion Dear Mr. Miller: Introduction:  I hope you can help.  My husband and I have some large real estate holdings in the central valley of California.  We want to pass them on to  … Read more


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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
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