Merwyn J. Miller

Merwyn J. Miller

Merwyn J. Miller, J.D.

191 Calle Magdalena, Ste. 270
Encinitas, CA 92924
E: [email protected]
T: (760) 436-8832 
F: (815) 346-5375 

Long ago, when I was a young attorney (and I suspect that many young attorneys tend to believe this today), I had a very simple perspective. I was of the mind that when someone died and a Probate was necessary my primary focus was on navigating my client through the thicket of the Probate Court procedures. And if a Living Trust were used, that primary focus was unnecessary. A lot of years have gone by and I now realize that that is probably the least of the concerns. My focus, now, is, amongst other things, minimizing taxes for my client, making as sure as possible that beneficiaries receive the information that will make them feel comfortable that they are winding up with their appropriate share, and cutting off liability for my client (the executor or trustee). And these focuses, are the same whether a probate is necessary or not. 

Practice Areas

  • Estate planning
  • Probate administration
  • Trust administration
  • VA Pension/Aid & Attendance/Medi-Cal
  • Elder Law

Fee Arrangements

  • Flat fee
  • Hourly


  • California Western School of Law, J.D.
  • College for Financial Planning, M.S. Financial Services (Emphasis in Estate Planning)

Licensed In

  • California

Other Certifications

  • Board Certified – Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law
  • Veterans Administration Accreditation Number 9055
  • AV Preeminent Rated Martindale-Hubbell
  • 10 out of 10

Community Involvement

  • Rotary Club of Encinitas, various positions and boards
  • Frequent lecturer on estate planning topics
  • Youth basketball coach