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Shinners & Cook Biography:


Robert Miller received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Michigan State University in 1977 and his Juris Doctorate from Thomas Cooley Law School in 1983. He was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1983, the State Bar of Michigan in 1994, and the United States Supreme Court Bar in 1996. Robert joined Shinners & Cook in 1997. He currently serves as President and is involved with business succession planning, estate planning, probate, litigation, and conflict resolution.


Robert holds a number of certifications including: Accredited Estate Planner certified by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils (2009); Certificate of Completion from the Institute of Continuing Legal Education “Probate and Estate Planning Program” (2005); Affiliate member of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants; Certificate of Achievement for Managers from Dale Carnegie Training; and Leadership Saginaw (2000).


“I absolutely love being a lawyer,” Robert says. “What I love most is that you’re really helping people. We play the role of consultant to those who are experts in their own sector, but who may need help in paving their way in estate planning, contracts, forming a business, or, if things don’t go as planned, determining the best course of action. When people come to me with a problem, they’re at their most vulnerable point. I really like helping people through these business-related problems.


“As the youngest of 12 children, I learned a lot about working with people. This is really important because before I can give our clients advice, I need to learn about them and understand their personal goals. Whether I’m working with a client on an estate plan or resolving a conflict, the foundation of our work with them is spending the time to understand their internal agenda and their priorities – to get to know the person. Then I can do the best possible job to help them through a conflict or to deal with succession issues.”


In addition to his work at Shinners & Cook and his extensive volunteer activities, Robert has been studying Spanish at a local community college. He is also interested in photography.


Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 65%
    22 years, 200 cases
  2. Business: 20%
    22 years, 300 cases
  3. Litigation: 15%
    31 years, 500 cases



Hourly ($255/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Renee E. Nesbit

    I worked with Bob for many years and personally know of his skills and experience. I endorse this lawyer.


    Renee Nesbit Estate planning Attorney
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Contact info

Shinners & Cook PC

5195 Hampton Place
Saginaw, MI, 48604

5195 Hampton Pl
Saginaw, MI, 48604



MIActive And In Good Standing199405/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certficate as an Accredited Estate PlannerNational Association of Estate Planners & Councils2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PresidentShinners & Cook PC1997 - Present
PartnerPatterson and Miller1985 - 1994
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Estate Planners & CouncilsAccredited Estate Planner2009 - Present
Michigan Bar AssociationMember1984 - Present
Northeastern Michigan Estate Planning CouncilMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Shinners & Cook blogNO WILL? What really happens .....2010
Shinners & Cook blogEstate Tax Eliminated? - For Now2010
Shinners & Cook blogOn Deathbed, Actor Dennis Hopper Is Encouraged to Divorce His Wife of 14 Years in an Estate Planning Dispute2010
Shinners & Cook blogAnna Nicole Smith's Oral Trust Claim Helps Her Estate's Litigators Not Her Heirs2010
Shinners & Cook blogWills and Trusts: Congress’ Failure to Act Forces Estate Plan Reviews2010
Shinners & Cook blogMichael Jackson's Will a Mystery to Our Media2009
Shinners & Cook blogEven “The Dogs” Fight Over an Uncertain Will.2009
Shinners & Cook blogRyan O'Neal was left out of Farrah Fawcett's will?2009
Shinners & Cook blogA Will Does Not Avoid Probate - a Will IS Probate2009
California Digest of Official Reports, 3d SeriesDemtrius Jones v California Interscholastic Federation1988
Shinners & Cook websiteWills, Trusts, Real Estate, and Probate BlogN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Thomas M. Cooley Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
Michigan State UniversityAccountingBA - Bachelor of Arts1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Team One Credit Union - Estate PlanningWill and Trust Seminar2010
AXA Advisors - Long-Term CareLong-Term Care2010
AXA Advisors - Estate PlanningEstate Planning Strategies2010