Law Offices of James F. Miller, P.C.

Certified Specialist: Estate Planning, Trust & Probate

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Firm Overview

The firm's focus is Estate Planning, Trust Administration, Probate and Corporate Law. We also do Pre-Nuptial and Post-Nuptial Agreements, Real Estate Law: Leases, Purchase and Sale Contracts, & Escrow Contracts. In addition, we will be happy to provide a referral to another attorney if a client has needs in an area that we do not handle.

The firm was established in 1985 in Pasadena, California, handling estate planning, trust administration and small business matters. I am a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law and the managing partner of the firm.

Example cases

Establishing and maintaining estate plans for married couples with children, single individuals and domestic partners.

Estate Planning and multimillion-dollar real estate transactions for a widow, and multimillion-dollar trust contest.

Main Office

Main
1275 East Green Street
Pasadena  CA  91106-2616

Phone
  • (626) 792-2910
Fax
  • (626) 792-7755

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

We offer a one-hour free initial consultation for estate planning.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Most Estate Planning services are quoted in advance for a fixed fee; other services are offered on an hourly rate with a quote beforehand.

Hourly Rates

$350.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Office Manager

Jo Ann Davis

Emergency After Hours

No

Languages Spoken

Spanish.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

It allows me to give advice before there's a problem rather than after, which is much more satisfying.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

It is a good idea for clients to learn as much as possible on the issues affecting them.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I do not review client-prepared documents as a rule. I will review documents prepared by other attorneys and give recommendations if changes need to be made.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

I do not coach clients who want to represent themselves.

James F. Miller

I worked at the law firm of Cook and Linden in Hollywood, California for ten years before starting my own firm in 1985, handling estate planning, trust administration and small business matters.

1) Teaching 22 years at the college level while practicing law allowed me to hone my communications skills.

2) In the early years I was involved in a wide variety of legal matters including Family Law and General Litigation, which provided insights and helped me to analyze situations to avoid litigation.

3) Losing both parents gave me a lot of empathy for my own clients who suffer losses and are grieving.

I am a good communicator with an ability to make people understand and feel comfortable about their estate planning work. I have a hands-on, personal style.

Personal interests:

Hiking, Running, Cycling and Travel -- most recently to Nepal and Cambodia.

License
  • Bar Number: 66867
    California , 1975
Education
  • Southwestern University School of Law
    J.D. , 1975
    Los Angeles, CA
  • USC
    B.A. , 1971
    Los Angeles, CA
    Political Science.

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