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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 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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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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Texas Aborts Planned Parenthood!

By merv,

  Filed under: Blog, Estate Planning

As the Democrats get their National Convention underway in Charlotte, NC this week, women’s health and Obamacare are top on the agenda.  As a result of recent claims made by Senator Todd Akin, abortion and family planning catapulted to the forefront of the national discussion.  In Texas, a federal judge recently allowed the Texas legislature to decide to defund Planned Parenthood.

Essentially, the state of Texas created a law allowing the state to deny funding to organizations affiliated with abortion services.  As a result of the new law, Texas officials are considering ending all Planned Parenthood funding; the funding would not simply end for the abortion services themselves or for those clinics that perform abortions.  Planned Parenthood sued and a federal judge ruled that Texas may cut their funding; Planned Parenthood has appealed the decision.

Planned Parenthood in Texas administers a significant portion of the Texas Women’s Health Program, which is designed for low-income women who are just above Medicaid (Medi-Cal  in California) eligibility requirements.  The federal government currently funds over 90% of the program, but Texas believes it can continue providing service without federal funding or Planned Parenthood.  Medicaid expansion under Obamacare may cover these women, but those eligible for Medicaid expansion will not be eligible for health insurance exchanges.

Coupled with Governor Rick Perry’s announcement following the Supreme Court’s ruling on Obamacare that Texas would not be participating in Medicaid expansion, several hundred thousand people could see their access to health care limited.  The issue is especially acute for low-income women because those who would qualify for expanded Medicaid may see none of Medicaid benefits, insurance exchanges, or now private organizations like Planned Parenthood providing preventative health services.

In California, however, the opposite is happening.  California has already begun its expansion of Medi-Cal, which will mean many more people are qualified for the program.  Although it is likely that many individuals will still want to do some Medi-Cal planning, such as a QMap trust, nearly everyone who already has some Medi-Cal planning done should review their documents in the coming year to ensure that they are up-to-date with the new law.

Additionally, for those who will not qualify for increased Medi-Cal, the health insurance exchange in California is already being constructed for its debut in 2014 as well.  In fact, California was working on creating its exchanges even before the Supreme Court’s decision.  Keeping up to date on how these changes will affect you and your family is important to your estate plan as well as your health.  Now is the time to review your Advance Health Care Directive, Physician Directive to verify that they still reflect your health care goals.  Additionally, if you need to do any Medi-Cal planning, this is a good time to get your questions answered.  Finally, reviewing your entire estate plan every few years and after major life changes is always a good idea!  Are you due for review?

Estate Planning: The Price of Organization, Rewards, Gifts, and Wondrous Tax Things… FREE REPORT: This complimentary report, focused on Estate Planning, is comprised of many of Mr. Miller’s articles from his long running column for the largest regional newspaper in San Diego County. This report will guide you through the questions surrounding getting your estate planning in order.

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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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