Marilyn G. Miller is a renowned certified elder law attorney and board-certified specialist in consumer bankruptcy based in Dripping Springs, Texas. With more than thirty-five years of experience, Ms. Miller is among only a handful of Texan Certified Elder Law attorneys, as certified by the National Elder Law Foundation and recognized by the State Bar of Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Using a collaborative approach, the law office of Marilyn G. Miller, Attorney at Law provides comprehensive counsel in matters regarding personal bankruptcy, elder law, estate planning, as well as probate and guardianship to individuals throughout the Hill Country of Central Texas.
Coming from a family of lawyers, Ms. Miller had been exposed to law from a young age, but her initial passion was for research biochemistry and microbiology. As she tells it, meeting her husband led her to follow in her family’s footsteps:
I decided I was going to do research microbiology and biochemistry in Kansas City for Marion Labs, and that I was never going to get married. Then I met my husband. He completely swept me off my feet, and we decided to move to a little town in Kansas where they already had seven biochemists and didn't need any more. So, I switched in my last semester to education, thinking I would teach biochemistry instead. During my student teaching, I realized that it wasn’t what I wanted to do. One day my husband brought up law school and I said, ‘I will take the LSAT and see how I do. If I have an aptitude, I'll apply.’ Sure enough, I had an aptitude and I got into the University of Kansas. So I went to law school after all, and I loved it! I absolutely love what I do.
Ms. Miller obtained her Juris Doctorate from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1981 and enjoyed the field so much that she continued her studies with an advanced degree at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law where she was the recipient of the Arthur MAG Graduate Fellowship in Law, and earned an LL.M. in taxation in 1983. After initially beginning her career in bankruptcy practice, she acquired board certification in consumer bankruptcy and moved to Texas in 1988 to work with a bankruptcy firm. She had been at the bankruptcy firm for a year when it dissolved, and she moved on to practice with a local litigation firm. During this time, she received a well-timed note from her father. In her words:
My dad sent me an article on elder law from the Kansas Bar Journal and inside he had written, ‘This is the future.’ And I thought, ‘I've really never listened to the man. It's probably about time I did.’
In addition to her wealth of relevant education and certifications, what sets Ms. Miller apart from her industry peers is her elder law network and true dedication to her clients’ well-being. Whether her clients seek assistance with bankruptcy, estate planning, probate administration and guardianships, or elder law issues related to Medicaid and long-term care planning, asset protection, or public housing, the team at Marilyn G. Miller, Attorney at Law, assures that clients' needs are met with both skill and compassion. As an active resident of the area since 1988, Ms. Miller is connected with a diverse network of local professionals who can assist her clients with related issues such as finding housing for an aging parent.
Ms. Miller is a clear leader in her field, and she is passionate about the power of continuing education to help lawyers continue to refine and advance their practices. She has been a lecturer and presenter for many organizations, including at the Texas State Bar and University of Texas' elder law conferences, teaching other lawyers the principles of elder law. Additionally, Ms. Miller is on the board of the National Elder Law Foundation, which is the certifying body for certified elder law attorneys, and she has been a professor of business law at Texas State University. Noting the importance of continuing education, she said:
This year alone I had maybe eighty or ninety hours of continuing education. I always do at least thirty hours, and it's not just elder law. I try to keep up a little on family law because it is relevant to my work. I also keep up on developments in bankruptcy because that impacts people.
After more than three and a half decades dedicated to the practice of law, Ms. Miller shows no signs of slowing down. Outside of her thriving practice, Ms. Miller volunteers her time as a member of the Metropolitan Board of Directors of the YMCA of Austin, the Board of Directors for United Way of Hays County, and as an active member of the Dripping Springs Lions Club.