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Catherine L. Wolfe

Estate planning Attorney at Honor, MI

5.0   22 reviews
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  • Licensed for 39 years
    State MI
    Acquired 1984
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Catherine

Learn Catherine’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Estate planning

    42 years

  2. Real estate

    42 years

  3. Family
    Custody and Family Law: • Child Custody • Child Support • Parenting Time • Divorce Proceedings • Spousal Support • Prenuptial Agreements • Postnuptial Agreements • Paternity • Grandparent Visitation

    42 years

  4. Child custody

  5. Divorce and separation

  6. Probate

    42 years

  7. Animal law



I am an attorney with a passion for protecting children and animals. In both my law practice and my non-profit work, I seek to better the protections for both and to educate others about how they can do the same. I have an undergraduate degree in Wildlife Biology. I have spent much of my life in the company of animals - both domestic and wild.

I live in Homestead Township in the heart of Benzie County, Northwest Michigan. Since I live here, I know the community, the businesses and the people. If you live in and around Honor, Michigan, or have a vacation home in the area, I can help you out.

Family Law
We provide legal advice and services to individuals with issues involving child custody, child support, divorce, parenting time, grandparent visitation, and spousal support.

Probate Law
Our law office handles probate matters, from beginning to end. We guide our clients through the probate process with compassion and the least amount of stress.

Real Estate Law
We handle all aspects of real estate law, including the buying and selling of real estate. We also handle landlord/tenant matters.

Commercial and Non-Profit Law
We will help create and organize your company's legal structure and provide advice on how to operate it. That includes legal advice on best business practices, best employment practices, and drafting contracts for services, and products. We work with businesses, nonprofit organizations, and other organizations. 

Animal Law
We represent pets and their guardians in all types of situations, including injury and discrimination. Our team also teaches animal cruelty investigation to animal law officers, humane agents, humane organizations, and individuals concerned about animal welfare.

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Posted by Briana | August 10, 2015
Catherine Wolfe is a magician!
I highly recommend Catherine Wolfe to anyone who needs legal services! She is an excellent attorney! She knows what she is doing and is not afraid to speak up for her clients rights. I love that she is down to earth and also cares about the people she represents.
Posted by Ruth | August 9, 2015
Catherine Wolfe is a great attorney!
Catherine Wolfe, Esq., was ready to take this difficult case on my behalf and she was not afraid to take on a large organization that seemed to feel no one could question and unfair decision to withhold pay. She was detailed, professional and timely and I got paid.
Posted by Larry | August 17, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
What I asked for Catherine delivered. Very professional. Always returned my calls and e-mails. Very personable and easy to talk to.
Posted by Ann | May 3, 2023
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A Fierce Advocate for Clients
Ms. Wolfe advocated for me during a hostile situation with neighbors who were threatening the safety of my animals. She masterfully used her knowledge of the law to extinguish the problem. She is smart, compassionate and has a masterful grasp of the law. Highly recommend her!
Posted by Joyce | May 1, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Catherine helped me with a Lady Bird Deed. She processed it in a quick and efficient manner. I would recommend her to anyone that needs a lawyer.
Posted by anonymous | April 5, 2022
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Very professional and compassionate
Ms. Wolfe helped me get my house back from bad renters. It took a year but Ms. Wolfe was always very compassionate and has a vast understanding of the law. I would highly recommend her.
Posted by anonymous | September 24, 2021
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Passion and Dedicated Lawyer
Catherine Wolfe has great knowledge of the law. Her communication skills were great and she updated me through the process until everything was taken care of. She made great suggestions of things I could do to help my case. I would give her a excellent recommendation.
Posted by Linda | June 20, 2019
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Estate planning
She is the best when it comes to estate planning. I would certainly recommend her for any legal needs as I am sure she would refer you if she thought she needed to get better representation for you.
Posted by Bev | June 19, 2019
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Review for Catherine L Wolfe
Ms. Wolfe was there for me as my lawyer in every sense of the word. My case involved a gay marriage/divorce. Although she had not handled one, she did extensive research on the subject. My ex had a very difficult to work with male attorney. Catherine stood right in there and went toe to toe with him. I was very pleased with the settlement and her expertise. She even talked about different emotions and feelings I might experience at different points along the way and she was right at every turn.
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Posted by Gary | March 1, 2019
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Client consultation
Provided excellent advice on a real estate transaction. Was able to understand the problem for my brother and I and able to give directions on what us the best way to proceed to avoid complications. As we are out of state .
Posted by Darlene | October 2, 2018
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Excellent advisor
Catherine is an excellent communicator, very quick response to any communication. I found her to very honest and her intention is not to drive up your legal bill. If any legal services are needed, I will definitely contact Catherine.
Posted by anonymous | March 1, 2017
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Mediation win
After trying to handle a custody case without representation, I decided it would be in my best interest to get a lawyer. Catherine Wolf helped me every step of the way from consultation and phone calls to helping me at mediation. We were able to keep this out of court which saved me a lot of time and money.
Posted by Randy | January 11, 2017
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Catherine Wolfe
She was very easy to work with, listened well. She got to the heart of the problem and negotiated a fair settlement without wasting unnecessary time and money
Posted by Gene | July 30, 2016
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Catherine Wolfe Law Office
Catherine Wolfe assisted my wife and I with a Real Estate matter that was rather complicated. Catherine did a fantastic job in helping determine what we needed to do and how to go about it. We couldn't have done it without her. She was even so gracious as to come see my Grandmother to assist her with some Estate concerns before she passed. Catherine is a consummate professional.
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Posted by Lisa | June 20, 2016
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Timely and Effective
Catherine was professional from the first phone call to the last email, and all correspondence in between. I called her out of the blue when she was referred to us by a friend, also an attorney, but out of state, so recommended the best suited attorney for our issue, in Michigan. Catherine patiently listened as I explained our plight, and we had a looming deadline for a complicated filing - within days! She recognized the urgency and seriousness of the litigation we brought before her, went above and beyond to provide advice to us and work with the opposing attorney not only defer the deadline, but also to ensure we ended up with a fair and equitable settlement. She worked diligently on our behalf to create an effective defense that resulted in a more speedy settlement for all parties to avoid going to court. Being from out-of-country, Catherine was generous with her advice on how the US court system worked, especially in the State of Michigan, and the best way for us to defend our position and avoid judgement in the law suit. Catherine is a genuine person, demonstrating empathy and sincere investment of her time and caring in providing her services to limit how a law suit like this one effected our lives. She remembered personal details and inquired about other events from our lives, making a great connection and showing her professionalism and authenticity. As a professional myself, it was truly a pleasure to work with Catherine. She certainly is a genuine, intelligent, knowledgeable, and hard-working legal advisor and attorney! Thank you, Catherine, for everything!
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Posted by Grace | April 25, 2016
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My appreciation
Catherine is an excellent lawyer and I would definitely recommend her. She gave it 100%. I wouldn't be where I'm at if it wasn't for her. Me and my daughter can now live a safe, free life because of her. I can't thank her enough for everything.
Posted by anonymous | January 25, 2016
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Probate Honor Michigan
Have never had to hire a lawyer before. Ms Wolfe was very specific and clear on what I had to do to complete all phases of this probate situation. My mother passed away in one county, lived in another county, and owned a home in a third county. Not to mention that I lived in a forth county. Ms. Wolfe handled this in a reasonable amount of time at a fair cost. Would definitely recommend her.
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Posted by David and Gloria | October 20, 2015
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Real Estate Issue
We live in East Lansing; have property in Interlochen. A friend up there recommended Catherine when my wife and I decided to sell. Catherine navigated us through a maize of land contract complications and setbacks caused by the buyer to a satisfactory conclusion. We highly recommend her.
Posted by Denise | August 15, 2015
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Animals Rights Law
I have had the opportunity to work with Catherine first hand on some legal situations involving animals right/care/abuse. She is top notch in my book and you won't find another attorney to work as hard as she does to make things right. Especially, for those that can't defend themselves. I would recommend her for an legal needs that you have.
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Posted by Larry | August 10, 2015
Wisdom and Professionalism
Very informative, always on top of my case, and informed me of any changes, and or court dates. Very easy to talk with and always made sure I understood what was going on. Her assistant at the time was also up to date on anything I needed. I would highly recommend talking to her for a consultation. My life has taken a 360 deg. turn for the better, after our case was finished. I don't know what I would have done with out her wisdom and professionalism.
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AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founder
  • Wolfe Pack Press, Inc.
  • 2008 - Present
  • Owner
  • Law Office of Catherine L. Wolfe, PLC
  • 2004 - Present
  • Partner
  • Gerberding & Wolfe
  • 2002 - 2004
  • Associate
  • McKay & McKay
  • 1997 - 2005
  • Research Attorney
  • Oakland County, Michigan
  • 1985 - 1997
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  • University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1984
  • Michigan State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology
  • 1979

Legal Cases

  • Stopping Canadian Goose "Roundups"
  • Successful


  • Michigan Bar Association
  • Founding Member & Former Chairperson - Animal Law Section
  • 1985 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Get the Edge in Fighting Animal Cruelty Cases (Animal Law, 1)
  • Amazon Editors Favorite Books of the Year Award
  • 2014


  • State Bar of Michigan Animal Law Section Newsletter Early Winter 2022-23, No. 46
  • Legal Re-Classification of Animals is Long Overdue
  • 2023
  • ACCI
  • Teaching Manual for Level II Certification by The Association of Certified Cruelty Investigators
  • 2007
  • NACA News, Vol. 27, No. 3
  • Saving Local Shelters
  • 2004
  • Animal Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan Newsletter,
  • Dispelling the Notion that Hunting is Necessary to Control Wildlife Populations,
  • 2000
  • Animal Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan Newsletter
  • Companion Animal Trusts,
  • 2000
  • Animal Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan Newsletter
  • The Realities of “No Kill” Shelters
  • 2000
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Speaking Engagements

  • Michigan Bar Association
  • 2010
  • Colorado Association of Animal Cruelty
  • Colorado Association of Animal Control Officers (CAACO)
  • 2009
  • National Animal Control Association (NACA) National Conference - 2007
  • “Evidence 101 and Case Studies”
  • 2007
  • Michigan Association of Animal Control Organization (MAACO)
  • Evidence 101
  • 2007
  • ACCI CLE Event
  • Association of Certified Cruelty Investigators (ACCI) Level II Certification
  • 2007
  • National Animal Control Association (NACA) National Conference - 2006
  • “Collecting, Selecting, and Presenting Evidence”
  • 2006
  • National Animal Control Association (NACA) National Conference - 2005
  • “Working with Prosecutors to Win More Cases”
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (3)
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Real estate Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
General practice Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Having known Ms. Wolfe as law clerk, judicial attorney and practitioner, I can attest to her excellent knowledge, skills and character. She is well versed not only in general practice, but also criminal, family and civil rights litigation. A fine person and attorney."
Animal law Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Cathy is knowledgeable and hard-working.. She is a vigorous advocate for her client, but also very fair minded. She is highly ethical at all times."
Animal law Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer whole-heartedly. She is a passionate advocate for the humane treatment of animals and is a recognized expert in the field."
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