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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Estate Administration and Probate Attorney in San Diego, California


Estate Administration involves the payment of debts and the distribution of assets upon death. During the estate administration process, your will is interpreted. The probate court process is also involved in administering your estate. The probate court follows a set of rules that may end up extending the length of the affair.

The process of the probate court involves a guided administration of the will where the property involved is distributed per the will’s instructions. The probate courts also check the will for authenticity in order to rule out fraud and make sure the wishes of the deceased are honored. Estate administration can be a long, arduous, and costly process that ends up costing the time and money of those involved. Luckily, there are ways to make this process easier.

How Can a Trust Help My Estate Administration?

While a will is recognized after death, a trust goes into effect immediately after creation. While a trust is in effect, it privately (as opposed to a will’s public presence) conveys your desires over the distribution of your property after death. Additionally, trusts, typically, do not require any involvement with probate court. Instead, trusts pass outside the probate court’s jurisdiction and, often, save you time and money you would have otherwise spent. Why let others decide what to do with your property? Involve an attorney who can set up the documents to dictate your affairs in a clean and concise order.

Understand San Diego, California Estate Administration and the Probate Process

Estate administration and probate court can end being problematic for everyone involved, but with the right legal help, you will minimize the problems you have to deal with. Our firm focuses on navigating the legal field of estate administration and probate in San Diego, California. If you are dealing with estate administration or probate court problems in San Diego, call now to schedule a consultation session.  

 

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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