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James Ryland Miller

Practice areas:

Estate Planning, Probate, Limited Liability Company (LLC), Business

About Me

Mr. Miller’s Estate-Planning Philosophy

Mr. Miller’s philosophy in his estate planning practice is to protect your legal rights while honoring your wishes and to do so while respecting your loved ones, financial situation, and family situation no matter how typical or atypical.

His further philosophy is that Mr. Miller wants the client to understand and be comfortable with the legal effect of their document(s) or their decisions. While Mr. Miller can’t make you a lawyer, he’ll do his best to make sure you have enough understanding that you can make an educated decision about your estate plan.

Further, Mr. Miller believes that the client should feel completely free to ask questions and not be “talked down to”, no matter how large or small, about the estate planning process. Most of Mr. Miller’s estate planning work is on a flat-fee basis; meaning that the client is not spending billable hours on questions.

Also, Mr. Miller believes an important quality of a professional is being able to say “I don’t know” if a person doesn’t know an answer. This means that he does not like to “shoot from the hip” and guess when it comes to your legal matter; if there’s doubt on an answer, Mr. Miller prefers to research the question and come up with the best answer under the law and available facts. Frequently, there is no extra charge for this assuming the work falls under the scope of a flat fee agreement. Even if there is a charge, Mr. Miller will help the client determine first if there is actually a need to research the answer to that question before spending the client’s valuable resources.

Mr. Miller further believes that a law firm lives or dies by receiving referrals from satisfied current and former clients. Mr. Miller wants to know immediately if you’re unhappy or don’t understand an aspect of the process. Mr. Miller wants to fix any unhappiness as well as teach you so you can understand the process. If you’re not willing to give us positive referrals, we want to know why so we can fix the issue for the future, and to see if there is any way to “make things right” with you. We are realists and know that not every single person can be happy; but, we want to try our best for you.

Finally, Mr. Miller believes that the estate-planning client should not be surprised or angered by the lawyer’s bill. The client should know relatively close, what the anticipated attorney’s fees and expenses should be at the beginning of representation. Because Estate Planning practice rarely involves the court, the attorney’s fees and expenses are more accurately estimated. While there are still some unknowns that can increase fees beyond the initial estimate, the costs for those unknowns and what is an ‘unknown’ will be communicated and dealt with in the fee agreement between lawyer and client so there are no big surprises. Most flat fee work will have small or very controllable unknowns; or, the unknowns can be investigated easily before signing the fee agreement.

Personal Info

Mr. Miller is a born-and-raised Texan. He graduated from Arlington High School in 2001. He attended UT Austin and earned a BA in Biology in 2004. He earned his JD from Texas A&M University School of Law in 2010 (formerly Texas Wesleyan University School of Law), which he attended on a partial academic merit scholarship. He graduated cum laude and was a member of both Phi Delta Phi and the Law Review.

After law school, Mr. Miller entered private general civil practice, helping clients in estate planning, probate, family, and small-business law. Mr. Miller quickly identified his passion for estate planning law.

He is a past officer and board member of Rotary Club of Arlington North and is a Paul Harris Fellow. His volunteer activities have included Rotary, Dental Health for Arlington, Autism Speaks, Special Olympics, Meals on Wheels, Young Men for Arlington, Arlington Young Lawyers Association, Legal Aid of North West Texas, and serving as a City of Arlington Teen Court Judge.

Mr. Miller is married to Dr. Haylie Miller, a psychology researcher studying autism at UNTHSC in Fort Worth, TX. They love their terrier-mix dog named Roly Cornelius Poly and they are expecting their first child named Thomas in July, 2015. In his free time, Mr. Miller enjoys UT football, photography, computers, cooking, science-fiction novels, and aquariums.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2010

  1. Estate Planning: 33%
  2. Probate: 25%
  3. Business: 21%
  4. Limited Liability Company (LLC): 21%

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($75-200/hour), Contingent (25-40%), Fixed (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

5 total 

  • Cortney Harrison Bethmann

    I endorse this lawyer's work. Mr. Miller consistently shows a solid grasp of understanding business and legal matters. He exhibits a strong commitment to his community and works diligently to match the right solution to the client's needs. Anyone dealing with a legal issue in Arlington or the surrounding area would be well advised to consult with Mr. Miller for some sound advice.

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    Cortney Bethmann Trusts Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

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    I fully endorse the professionalism and legal proficiency of James Miller. Mr. Miller’s ability to look at his clients legal needs and tailor a workable solution with applicable tactics to achieve the end result are among his top skills. With Mr. Miller, you and your case are a priority.

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    Fred Howey Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Law Office of James Ryland Miller, PLLC

1325 W Randol Mill Rd
STE V201
Arlington, TX, 76012

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 201005/24/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyTexas Internet Wills2015 - Present
Officer: Secretary of the LLCM Quad Group, LLC2012 - Present
AttorneyLaw Office of James Ryland Miller, PLLC2010 - Present
Law ClerkLaw Office of W.C. Roberts, Jr., L.P.2009 - 2009
Pediatric Dental AssistantDrs. Hyde, Bailey, & Miller2004 - 2007

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Tarrant County Bar AssociationN/A2011 - Present
Arlington Young Lawyers AssociationN/A2011 - Present
Rotary Club of Arlington NorthMember / Sergeant at Arms / Secretary2011 - 2013
City of ArlingtonTeen Court Judge2011 - 2012
Dallas Bar AssociationN/A2011 - Present
Young Men for ArlingtonN/A2011 - Present
State Bar of TexasN/A2010 - Present
State Bar of Texas, General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm SectionN/A2010 - Present
Texas Young Lawyers AssociationN/A2010 - Present

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Texas Wesleyan University School of LawLawJ.D.2010
University of Texas System, AustinBiologyBA2004

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Family Preparedness ConferenceBasic Estate Planning2014