Monday Profile: Rick Mills

By Jo Mathis

Legal News

Rick Mills was born and raised in Jackson. He graduated in 2005 from the University of Detroit Mercy with MBA and law degrees, where he was an executive editor of the University of Detroit Mercy Law Review. In 2010, Mills opened his own law practice in Jackson, the Law Office of Richard C. Mills, PLC, which is dedicated to estate planning, charitable gift planning, and probate court practice. He is an active member of the Probate and Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan.

Mills also serves as guardian ad litem and court-appointed attorney for the Jackson County and Calhoun County Probate Courts and accepts appointments as special fiduciary, conservator, and trustee. He serves on committees of the Jackson Community Foundation and the Presbyterian Villages of Michigan, as well as the boards of Catholic Charities of Jackson, Lenawee and Hillsdale Counties, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Jackson County, The Village of Spring Meadows, and the Kiwanis Foundation of Jackson. Mills is also an adjunct instructor of business at Baker College of Jackson.

Residence:

Jackson.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Traveling with my family.

Which living person do you most admire?

My dad.

What is the trait you hate most in others?

Rudeness.

What is your most treasured possession?

Pictures of my late mother.

It's 7 a.m. Monday. How are you feeling? Tired

What would surprise people about your job?

Who knew death and taxes could be so much fun?

When and where were you happiest?

Swimming in the ocean as a kid.

What's your greatest achievement:

Opening my law practice.

What would you say to your 16-year-old self?

You have a lot to learn.

What one thing do you wish people knew about your work? How rewarding it can be to plan a charitable gift.

If you could have dinner with three people, living or dead, who would they be?

Pope John Paul II, William F. Buckley, Jr., and President Ronald Reagan.

Who is your favorite character of fiction?

Michael Corleone.

Favorite movie:

The Godfather Part II.

Favorite place to spend money: Restaurants.

What is your motto?

To be a "man for others."

Where would you like to be when you're 90?

Reading a good book.

Published: Mon, May 21, 2012

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