Although I’ve dealt with the dark side of marriage and have worked with divorce and the breakdown of intimate relationships for nearly 50 years, I’ve been happily married for even longer. I’m a husband, father and grandfather, and have been practicing law since 1970, before there was any separate field known as family law.
For the last 30 years I’ve done nothing but family law. Most recently I was a senior partner at Ricketts, Harris, a downtown Toronto law firm, and Chair of our firm’s Family Law Group. I’m still associated with the firm as counsel but am now practicing as Miller Family Law Services and providing The Family Law Coach solution packages.
I was on the founding board of the Toronto Collaborative Law Association and a member of a variety of legal organizations. I’ve done volunteer work in my community, spoken at conferences, and been interviewed about family law matters on both radio and television.
I was, and continue to be, a Dispute Resolution Officer (DRO) for the Superior Court, Family Division, in Toronto, and have been doing this for over a dozen years.
I was at a point in my career where I was charging more than most other family lawyers. Life was good, but I was ready for a change.
In my new practice of supplying services offered by The Family Law Coach, I only accept people acting for themselves as clients and I serve them remotely by phone and email, offering legal assistance and coaching. This is to help people without lawyers organize and present their case in their most effective and persuasive way. I’m a believer that whatever limited amount of legal assistance you can afford, it’s better than none. And I believe that legal services should be priced so everyone can get at least some meaningful legal assistance.
Recently, I’ve spoken at both Canadian and American conferences on the need for family law lawyers to find ways to develop, price, and deliver services in a way that the majority of family court users can afford. Although The Family Law Coach model is novel both here and abroad, I’m trying to encourage more family law lawyers to consider this form of practice.
If you need to know more about us, please call at 416-862-0997. We’d love to chat. We can also be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.