Small-Business Quarterly April 2018

SMALL-BUSINESS QUARTERLY Empowering Jacksonville’s Business Community, One Business at a Time

John Miller on Business and Family On the Pulse of the Heartbeat of America

There came a point in my career when I knew it was time to be the captain of my own ship. I had served as an associate attorney at a few downtown firms, but I decided it was time to break away to do my own thing. I had developed a philosophy of serving clients, and I wanted to put it into practice.This was 25-plus years ago.Today, serving our clients remains our top priority. I love working with entrepreneurs and business owners. Small businesses are the heartbeat of the American economy. Small-business owners are responsible for the creation of 99 percent of U.S. businesses.That’s incredible! I love that I get to help business owners grow and support the economy. I get to be a part of that heartbeat. Early on, I realized a lot of what I was doing on the business representation and real estate side of things tied back into estate planning.These concepts were inextricably linked. I decided to bring these areas of practice together for the benefit of my clients. When it comes to real estate law, I’m proud to be a part of the rich heritage of real estate lawyers in America.There was a time when most people weren’t

allowed to own their own home.The idea of homeownership wasn’t an everyday concept.As America developed, homeownership became the ultimate test of the American dream — an idea which is very much alive today. The American dream is also closely tied to the legacy many of our clients want to leave behind for their families.When it comes to estate planning, for instance, documenting your wishes for your family and heirs is another way for them to celebrate your legacy. That’s at the core of estate planning. When the individual passes away, it takes an immense burden off the shoulders of the family, allowing them to focus on what truly matters. In recent months, we’ve been working on a special business- and estate-planning package for clients. It’s a package to help the nonlicensed spouses of licensed professionals, including doctors, lawyers, and a variety of specialists. We created this planning package to answer this question:When the licensed professional can no longer work, what is the nonlicensed spouse supposed to do?

They cannot own the business or take over in a practical capacity. Options can be very limited. To address this issue, we’ve been working on an excellent strategy that will help families in this situation.To learn more, you can give Rock Solid Law a call, or be on the lookout for more information in the very near future. Of course, my endgame is to help my clients’ lives be better, regardless of their situation.When you leave my office, I want your life to be improved in some way, big or small.Your future means everything to us.

–John Miller


Richard R. Dwyer Argallus Financial Group 904-800-7299

Kimberly Deas 904-263-5546

Lisa Pilgrim 904-694-4275

John McE. Miller 904-241-1113


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