We're moving TUESDAY AUGUST 23rd, 2016 to #4 Elm Street, Huntsville.

Cottage Ownership: Know what you're buying.

The Miller Law group is well versed in the complexities involved in a Cottage or Recreational Property purchase or sale throughout Muskoka and surrounding area.  A partial list of the special areas of concern in these transactions include septic systems and wells; original shore road allowances, road access and easements; wood stoves and wood burning appliances. 

What happens if you die without a will?

This short video explains the importance of having a will and estate plan for you and your family.

Whether or not an individual acquires assets it is important to have an estate plan so that such individual can be the author of how their assets and estate matters will be dealt with during his/her lifetime in the case of incapacity or upon death.  The three basic documents required for an estate plan are a will, a power of attorney for property and a power of attorney for personal care. No matter how simple or complex your estate planning ....read more

The Smith, Hardy & Miller law firm evolved into The Miller Law Group in 2003.  In addition to this transformation The Miller Law Group purchased the law practice of Andy Cochran in 2007. This Muskoka based law firm consists of three Huntsville based lawyers practicing in Business Law, Residential & Commercial Real Estate, Employment Contracts, Estate Administration, Wills, and Powers of Attorney.

The Miller Law Group provides legal services to the GTA, Parry Sound, Haliburton, Muskoka and surrounding area. The firm caters to business owners, full-time residents, cottagers, and vacationers. From buying a condo in Huntsville to starting up a business in Parry Sound, settling a family estate in Bracebridge or renting a house in Rosseau, the lawyers at The Miller Law Group provide exceptional and personable client care. For a detailed list of areas we service click here.    



Honours B.A. from University of Toronto, Graduated with High Distinction with degrees in Political Science and History 1992, LL.B. Osgoode Hall Law School 1996

Derek has been practicing law in this area since 1998 and in 2003 Derek established The Miller Law Group. 

Practice areas include business law, legal needs of business owners, estate planning, assisting clients with the succession of their business and their assets, estate administration, assisting families with legal matters after the passing of a loved one, expropriation law, aiding clients whose land and businesses are impacted by the construction of new roads and other types of infrastructure construction. 

In addition to his law practice Derek owns several other businesses in and around Muskoka. His first hand experience as a business owner provides him with the ability to appreciate and understand his business clients. It's this unique combination of law and entrepreneurship that brings Derek great perspective to his client's legal needs.

'Practicing law in Muskoka provides me with the chance to work with wonderful people, serving great clients in one of the most beautiful places in Ontario. My wife and I are fortunate to be able to raise our four active Muskoka kids in such a beautiful place, and all the while I am helping others achieve their goals.'


B.A. Carleton University, LL.B. Queen's University

John was called to the Bar in 2005. He has been with The Miller Law Group for eight years specializing in Real Estate Transactions, Wills, Estate Planning and Estate Administration.

John's approachable demeanour allows for clients to feel quite comfortable when dealing with their personal affairs. He takes great pride in assisting and managing difficult or stressful situations.

   'It's always a pleasure when a client takes possession of  their newly purchased residence and or cottage. Knowing they will be creating life long memories there makes all my efforts worth it.'

Always taking the route less travelled John heads out on adventure in his spare time. You'll find him competing in triathlons, marathons and uncovering the trails of Algonquin Park with his family. 


Honours B.A. Political Science, 2007, Honours with Distinction from University of Guelph and J.D. (Juris Doctor) 2010, Honours from University of Toronto. Articled with Department of Justice, Toronto, in tax law and litigation, federal prosecutions with the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, and immigration security law. Called to the Bar in June 2011. Rebekah also has six years prior experience as a student and summer law clerk with litigation firm Will Davidson LLP.

Rebekah has been with The Miller Law Group since shortly after her call to the Bar. Since then her areas of practice have grown to include corporate law, estate planning, commercial & business law, commercial leasing, contracts, purchase & sale of businesses, expropriations.

Rebekah admires her workplace and its ability to handle complex corporate transactions, and the practice of law at a level that she has not witnessed anywhere else in Muskoka. It’s this intellectually challenging atmosphere, combined with an exceptionally supportive staff that provides Rebekah’s clients an ideal environment for customer satisfaction.

         “My work is most satisfying when I help clients obtain peace of mind. Whether it's by organizing their estate plans, assisting with a business expansion, or helping to start a new venture, I can help set them out on the right path. I enjoy helping my clients organize, understand, and make sense of the important matters that affect their livelihoods. My strengths include quick thinking, developing innovative and creative solutions, and negotiating optimal results. When clients leave our office, I want them to feel relief and security that their affairs are in good order, and in good hands. My ideal day ends when I can wish a client “congratulations”.

When she has the time to relax and unwind, art, gardening, great food and all things outdoors have Rebekah living and loving life in Huntsville, Muskoka. 

DENNAL BROWN   Office Administrator

Dennal has been with The Miller Law Group for twelve years. She has been fortunate to watch clients grow and excel with their personal endeavours for more than a decade. Dennal is continually seeking out ways to improve office procedures. Clients have come to appreciate Dennal's incredible discipline, organization and efficiency, allowing for seamless daily interactions. 

     'The team works incredibly well together, a  unique blend of strengths and abilities. Thus making for a wonderful atmosphere for both clients and staff.'.  

She balances work with family time by the water at her campsite on Deer Lake in Muskoka. 


Suzanne has been a legal assistant for twenty-nine years, eleven of those at the The Miller Law Group. Incredibly well versed in the day to day matters of a law office and being bilingual are just a couple of Suzanne's cornerstones. She takes the weight of the world off of a client's shoulders with her ability to fact find, problem solve and remain organized.

       'A great day at the workplace consists of taking a file from beginning to end and producing positive results. Working closely with my peers and making good things happen for our clients.'

Cross country skiing, power walking, swimming or a game of golf fills her hours when she is not at the firm. 



A Law Clerk graduate from Humber College, Laurie has brought thirty-two years of experience with her to the Miller Law Group. She's a veteran when it comes to  attention to detail and excellent organization. Staff and clients appreciate her tremendous skill set.

  'Creating a relationship with the client, helping them through their situations, and receiving feedback are the most important aspects of my job.'

Her Muskoka work - life balance consists of being involved in the Huntsville community and soaking up outdoor Muskoka adventure.



Valerie Tanner has had a career in the field of Law for 31 years. She has worked along side Derek Miller since 1999 and within The Miller Law Group since 2003 as a Law clerk. Valerie embraces the uniqueness of each individual client and strives to give personalized attention.

 ‘My co-workers have a great sense of humour and outlook on life. I stand in awe of the expertise we each bring to the table. Couple this with a great leader and we are able to offer top notch services to our clients.’

Valerie enjoys the wonderful scenery each season brings as she travels from her home in the Almaguin Highlands.