Ann Grant, Jackie Miller, Amy Lange
A trio of female South Bay business owners has combined forces to help clients navigate the divorce process. Divorce coach Jackie Miller, wealth manager and Certified Financial Planner™ professional Amy Lange, and family law attorney Ann Grant offer clients legal, financial and emotional support throughout their divorce proceedings and beyond.
Jackie Miller has been a South Bay resident for more than 20 years and raised her two daughters here. She started Jackie Miller Coaching after experiencing her own divorce and specializes in high-conflict divorces, helping clients navigate the family court system during a very emotional time. She is the founder and host of the podcast Out of Crazytown: Your Guide to Divorcing a Narcissist.
Ann Grant was a partner and corporate litigator at a large international law firm before she opened Manhattan Beach Family Law following her divorce. She founded the firm in 2008 with a mission to help those going through divorce create a new and better life. Ann has been practicing law for 30 years and is the developer of The Divorce Hacker app. Her book is entitled The Divorce Hacker’s Guide to Untying the Knot: What Every Woman Needs to Know about Finances, Child Custody, Lawyers, and Planning Ahead.
A 28-year veteran of the financial industry, Amy Lange is an equity owner of Covington Capital Management—a firm she has worked with since 2005. She believes strongly in giving back to the community and is a sustainer member and former board member for National Charity League Manhattan-Hermosa chapter, a former Girl Scout leader, a member of the Women’s Leadership Council in Los Angeles, and continues to serve as committee chairperson in Manhattan Beach schools and Vistamar School.
What does your team stand for?
“We can be your total support system—a resource you turn to with any need. We each provide highly personalized service in emotional, financial and legal terms. But even more than that, we want to be the first call you make with any need. Our goal is to provide you with the information you need to make your divorce ‘successful’ and the emotional support to confidently move forward to create a new life.”
In what ways do you empower other women to succeed in business?
“It can be daunting to get back into the workforce if you have stepped away to focus on family. We connect our clients with career coaches so they can utilize their strengths and find meaningful work, which we have found is essential to independence and empowerment.”
Where do you find your inspiration?
“We find inspiration in successful women who strive to empower other women. It is possible to be successful and have an empathetic approach to leadership and service.”
How would clients describe you?
“Our clients would say we have a knack for communicating complex legal and financial concepts into clear, succinct language that is easy to absorb and nonpatronizing. The bond we create through this compassionate communication turns clients into friends and friends into clients.”
What is the best part of your day?
“The best part of our day is when we have happy clients. Our greatest joy is to see the progress our clients make as they work with us and realize that they can have a new and even better life. Divorce is not the end—it’s just the beginning!”
Has motherhood made you a better entrepreneur?
“We believe motherhood gives you the confidence you need to be an entrepreneur. You need to be able to take risks, be an empathetic leader and delegate, as well as serve as a role model for your children—demonstrating hard work and perseverance.”
Tell us about your upcoming webinar, It’s Time.
“We are hosting a webinar on Wednesday, September 22 at 6 p.m. entitled It’s Time: What Every Woman Needs to Know About the Legal, Financial and Emotional Issues of Divorce. The COVID-19 quarantine has led many people to step up and make a change for their own mental or physical health. We want to tell women that ‘It’s Time’ to take charge of your life, and we can help you!”
What vacation destination are you dreaming of these days?
Ann: “I just got back from Iceland with my son, and we are already planning our next adventure. Being independent and running my own business allows me to do that. It is one of the unexpected results of being a single mom—and I love it!”
Jackie: “I am a huge football fan and cannot wait to attend both college and professional football games this coming season. Los Angeles will be hosting the Super Bowl in 2022, and my daughters and I will be in attendance!”
Amy: “My daughters and I are devout fans and supporters of the U.S Women’s National Soccer Team, and we can’t wait to see them compete in the World Cup in Sydney, Australia in summer 2023!”