Online resource center to help you explore these key issues, and others, regarding your estate.

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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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VA Pension/Aid & Attendance/Medi-Cal

Mr. Miller has been active in the area of VA Pension and Medi-Cal for well over a decade. He uses various specialized types of Trusts as well as non-trust strategies to gain eligibility for his clients and save the family money.

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Probate & Estate Administration

Mr. Miller has been settling estates (both simple and complex) for well over 40 years. The starting point is always to create a strategy to settle the estate in the most efficient manner possible with a minimum of taxes. Often times the strategy created allows the family to bypass Probate Court proceedings.

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How Do You Choose a Nursing Home?

By merv,

  Filed under: Blog, Senior Resources

According to, there are 86 nursing homes to choose from in San Diego County.  There may be more that are not included in this number.  This is because they are not “Medicare certified.” If a nursing home is not “Medicare certified,” they may not participate in Medicare or Medicaid. But they can be licensed by the state.  This is an important difference.  If your stay continues beyond a month or two, your nest egg can quickly be depleted.  This makes Medi-Cal, California’s form of Medicaid, an important option for paying the bill.  But keep in mind, it’s very difficult to place a patient in a facility after he or she is on Medi-Cal.  If you want to have a pick of the Medicare “five-star rated” facilities, you’ll want to private pay for the first few months.

California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform also provides a detailed guide to choosing the right facility. Here’s my article written on the topic for the largest regional newspaper in San Diego County: What to Do When your Spouse Needs a Nursing Home. And remember, no one has to go broke to get into a good facility.  And more importantly, no one has to go broke to qualify for Medi-Cal.  If a nursing home stay may be in your future you are going to want to review the various Medi-Cal concepts and techniques.

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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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