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
Elder Law Articles
Dear Mr. Miller: I am so upset with California, they are making us turn somersaults in order to qualify for Medi-Cal. My wife is in a skilled nursing home, it’s costing $14,000 per month and we are slowly going broke. So we applied. They want all of our financial records (bank accounts from each bank, … 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
Dear Mr. Miller: I just received a tax bill from the county tax assessor for $10,000 more than it should be. Something is wrong! What can I do? My Mom died 5 years ago. I inherited the house. It’s been rented out for some time. This is the first property tax bill I have received. … 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
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
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
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
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
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