Will Miller is an attorney and Davidson County native. His practice is concentrated in Elder Law, Estate Planning and Administration, Business Law, Criminal, Traffic/DWI, and Guardianships.
Growing up the son of an attorney in Lexington, I admired the trust and respect my father earned in the community. I often observed others approach my father for advice or assistance, and people frequently shared stories with me about how he had helped them. I was, and am, proud of my father for the positive impact he had in the lives of so many in our community. I became an attorney as a result of my father’s example and a desire to help people with their problems. Joining Brinkley Walser Stoner feels like coming home – like it is meant to be. (Will’s father, G. Thompson Miller, retired from the firm several years ago.)
It gives me great personal satisfaction to counsel clients and provide assistance during a time of adversity. Situations like the death of a loved one, a difficult medical diagnosis or injury, financial hardship, or a bad mistake with potential legal consequences, can be challenging to encounter but necessary to overcome. I enjoy the process of identifying the legal implications of difficult situations, advising clients to inform their response, and the feeling of accomplishment when a client is appreciative of my assistance during a difficult time.
In one particular case, I represented a sixteen year old young man with some disabilities who fell at school and did not react well to being taunted by the other students. When a teacher tried to help, the young man was past the point of reason and police were called. He was arrested and charged. I was appointed to represent him and negotiated for deferred prosecution. This was clearly a case where a young man who otherwise had never been in trouble needed a second chance. The judge agreed and allowed the young man to finish school and complete community service.
I particularly enjoy estate planning and elder law. It is a team process where I work closely with the client. I admire clients who have achieved financial success in life and wish to preserve their wealth to provide for their spouse or children when they are no longer living. I believe I have the patience to listen to my clients and identify their goals, the knowledge to guide them as they construct their estate plan, and the experience to create documents that will effectively accomplish their goals.
I discovered that I have an aptitude for the analytical process of applying legal concepts to real-life situations and enjoy helping people make informed decisions by educating them on the legal consequences of various courses of action.
I sometimes talk to people who are considering handling their own cases or representing themselves in court. Some of the most dire cases I have seen could have turned out differently with a little forethought and preparation. Having an attorney on your side can often help you avoid bad outcomes.
Some of you may know that I had to put my law studies on hold when I was treated for leukemia many years ago. I beat the disease but lost my eyesight. After re-learning how to do things without my sight, I returned to law school to complete my degree. Today’s technologies have made my work much easier. I used a cane to get around for 13 years before getting Anja, my first Seeing Eye® Guide Dog, who sometimes even accompanied me to court. These dogs are so well trained and an incredibly powerful method to increase independence. Sadly, Anja passed away in 2019. I now have a new guide dog.
Outside of work, I love spending time with my fiancée and her three daughters. We attend First Baptist Church in Lexington, and enjoy walking, getting out and about in Lexington, volunteering, and travel.