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Marilyn G. Miller CELA

Marilyn G. Miller, Attorney at Law

Marilyn G. Miller CELA

Marilyn G. Miller, Attorney at Law

Marilyn G. Miller CELA

Marilyn G. Miller, Attorney at Law

I am a solo practitioner, maintaining offices in Austin and Dripping Springs, Texas. I have chosen to keep the size of my office small, so that my clients get the personal attention they need and deserve. But small size doesn't mean a lack of experience or training.

I received my law degree from the University of Kansas in 1981. After graduation I clerked for a judge in the United States Bankruptcy Court in the Western District of Missouri. I then went on to get an LLM (a more specialized law degree) in Taxation from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1983.

My family and I moved to Texas in 1988 and settled in Dripping Springs, a comfortable 23 miles from downtown Austin. This is where I now keep my main office, closer to home and farther from the traffic of the big city.

Because of my experience and training, I have come to specialize in asset preservation. This not only includes Bankruptcy counseling, but public benefits counseling for older adults, life and estate planning for individuals of all ages.

Professional memberships include the American Bankruptcy Institute and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). I am a director, founding member and past president (2002) of the Texas Chapter of NAELA. I am recognized as a Certified Elderlaw Attorney by the National Elderlaw Foundation. (To see more about this certification, please go to
https:\\www.nelf.org)

I am licensed to practice in Texas and Missouri, admitted to practice in all federal District Courts in Texas, the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Tax Court. I am also a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas, an organization that recognized those of us who attend at least 30 hours of continuing education per year.

Giving something back to the community is important to me. I have served in some capacity with the YMCA of Austin, Texas for thirty years including the Metropolitan Board of Directors of the YMCA of Austin (until 2005), Chair of the Southwest Branch Committee of Managers from 1992-1994, and currently a member of the Springs Family Branch Committee of Managers.

Other community-based activities include

  • Past member of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Hays County
  • Past member of the Board of Directors of Helping Hands  (a food and financial resource center for those in need in Dripping Springs)
  • Past President of the Board of Directors of Hill Country Cottages, Inc.( a not-for-profit provider of affordable housing for the elderly in Dripping Springs)
  • Co-incorporator and Charter member of the Board of Directors of the Dripping Springs Educational Foundation (1990).
  • Commissioner of the Emergency Services District #6 in North Hays County Texas (a governmental entity that provides fire and rescue services to the community) 2006-2022
  • Judge in the Dripping Springs Municipal Court.

Firm Description

At the law office of Marilyn G. Miller, we bring more than 25 years of experience to people across the Hill Country in Central Texas. Attorney Marilyn G. Miller is a Certified Elder Law attorney, certified by the National Elder Law Foundation, as recognized by the State Bar of Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Only a handful of lawyers in Texas hold this designation. She is also Board Certified in Consumer Bankruptcy Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She has also been a frequent speaker and lecturer at the Texas State Bar's elder law conference and the University of Texas' elder law conference, instructing other attorneys on the principles of elder law.

For a private consultation with an experienced Dripping Springs attorney, contact our office or call us at 512-894-0319.

Our Practice

We provide comprehensive counsel in matters involving:.

  • Elder law. We protect the rights of seniors and their families, helping you with Medicaid planning and other asset preservation strategies, as well as estate planning and public housing issues.
  • Estate planning. We will help you determine the best approach for the orderly distribution of assets upon death and will prepare the documents necessary to put your plan in place, including wills, trusts, powers of attorney, living wills and health care directives.
  • Probate and guardianships. We work with executors, administrators, personal representatives and heirs, helping you complete the probate process and settle the estate of a loved one. We also handle all matters for people seeking a guardianship to protect the interests of a minor or an incapacitated adult.

The law office takes a team approach to provide the best possible representation to their clients. Attorney Marilyn G. Miller, together with her assistants Connie Hoffmann and Renae Brooks, provide competent and compassionate legal assistance.

Hours

Day From To
Monday 9:00 AM 4:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM 4:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM 4:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM 4:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM 12:00 PM

Cost

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Main Office

1220 West Highway 290
Dripping Springs, TX 78620

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