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Michelle Rae Wakefield Finch

Divorce and separation Attorney at Kalispell, MT

4.0   4 reviews

also known as Michelle Rae Finch

  • State Years
    Montana - MT 29 years
    Idaho - ID 38 years
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State MT
    Acquired 1993
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 38 years
    State ID
    Acquired 1985
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Michelle

Learn Michelle’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    Divorce, contested and uncontested, separations, property settlement agreements, community and separate property issues; family law matters;

    10 years

  2. Estate planning
    Preparation of Wills, Trusts, Testamentary Trusts, Inter vivos Trusts, Revocable Living Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Supplemental Needs Trusts, Guardianship nominations for minor child; Name Changes

    10 years

  3. Guardianship
    Guardianship of Incapacitated Persons, Developmentally Disabled Persons, Minors, Protected Persons; Petitions for Guardianship, Objections, Cross-Petitions, contested and uncontested hearings

    10 years

  4. Probate
    Formal and Informal Probate, Summary Administration where Surviving Spouse, Small Estate Proceedings, Representation of Heirs, Creditors, Will Contests Based Upon Undue Influence or Incapacity

    10 years

  5. Wills and living wills
    Wills and Living Wills are included within the framework of estate planning; Advance Directives, Care Agreements,

  6. Child custody
    Child custody, modification of custody, contested custody matters, parenting plans and visitation schedules

    10 years

  7. Child support
    Modification of child support, calculation of child support, child support and paternity actions

    10 years

  8. Elder law
    Medicaid planning, estate planning, powers of attorney, guardianships, conservatorships, trusts, financial abuse, nursing home claims, Care Agreements, Medicaid Appeals

    10 years

  9. Trusts
    Revocable and Irrevocable Trusts, Supplemental Needs Trusts, Special Needs Trusts, Representation of Trustees, Appointment of Trustee, Removal of Trustee, Actions for Accountings, Contested and Uncontested Trust matters, Litigation


Ms. Finch opened her law office in 1994 and has represented individuals, families, children, incapacitated and protected persons, developmentally disabled persons, guardians, conservators, trustees, personal representatives and family members in family law, divorce, custody, property settlement, elder law, guardianship and conservatorship, trust formation and administration, supplemental needs trusts, estate administration, guardianship and trust litigation, and estate planning. She also serves as a pre-litigation screening panel chairperson in nursing home claims.

Ms. Finch practices in Kalispell and Western Montana and in Boise, Idaho and surrounding southwestern Idaho.

Growing up in a small town in northwestern Montana, Ms. Finch was active in 4-H, community activities, and sports which provided her with the opportunity and privilege of working side by side with multiple generations. Ms. Finch draws upon these life experiences in her practice which caters to the legal needs of families, often spanning several generations.

Ms. Finch is known for her advocacy, compassion, and dedication to her clients’ interests. Ms. Finch recognizes that legal issues involving family members is personal and can be emotionally charged and works to resolve the legal issues at hand outside of the courtroom when possible. In cases where resolution is not possible without the assistance of the Court, Ms. Finch advocated for her clients in contested family law, guardianship, probate, and trust cases in southwestern Idaho.

In her spare time, Ms. Finch enjoys sport and lead rock climbing, traili running, nordic skiing, mountain biking, running, contra dancing and spending time with her family. Ms. Finch has coached youth soccer for over 13 years and holds her "E" license. She is an avid fan of the Boise State Women's Soccer Team, where her younger team plays Goal Keeper for the Broncos.


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Posted by Dana | June 8, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate Planning and Legal Advice
Michelle Finch quickly prepared our Wills and advised us on our estate planning during a health crisis. We also sought Michelle's practical wisdom on complicated estate and trust matters. She's intelligent, kind, and has a high energy level for her clients. I highly recommend Michelle Finch at Gravis Law to everyone who needs legal advice or estate planning.
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Posted by Carolyn | June 7, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
I have know Michelle for several years, and have recently consulted with her. I came to know Michelle while I previously worked in the same field but with a different attorney. I know Michelle to be an awesome attorney, friendly, reliable, honest, dependable, ethical, and "gets the job done". I've come to rely on her for any legal questions I have. She's more honest than other attorneys I have known, i.e., the one I was employed by.
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Posted by anonymous | March 29, 2015
One of the best attorneys I have had
Michelle fit me into her busy schedule. I was elated to get in as I needed someone knowledgeable for my real estate transaction. She is very friendly, kind and takes her time with you. I felt very confident about going through with my transaction after her office visit. A plus for Michelle!
Posted by Michael | May 10, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Went into mediation without knowing my case
She after working on my divorce case for months and charging me 8 thousand dollars. She went to the mediation without my case number...knowing the details or anything about what was going on. In addition, my children are my primary concern and she folded and conceded instantly on any item with my kids. I would like to see either my money returned or her to get disbarred
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  • Hourly Rates $ 275-300 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Gravis Law, PLLC
  • 2018 - Present
  • Shareholder
  • Finch & Associates Law Office, PLLC
  • 1994 - 2018
  • Associate
  • Brady Lerma Chartered
  • 1992 - 1994
  • Associate
  • Hall, Farley, Oberrecht & Blanton, PC
  • 1990 - 1992
  • Associate
  • Meuleman and Miller, nka Meuleman & Mollerup
  • 1986 - 1990
  • Tax Consultant / Attorney
  • Touche Ross & Co.
  • 1985 - 1986
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  • Gonzaga University School of Law
  • Juris Doctorate, Cum Laude
  • 1985
  • Eastern Montana College
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1982

Legal Cases

  • Banner Life Ins. v. Mark Wallace Dixon Irrevocable Trust and Tammie Dixon
  • Appeal was successful and case was remanded to District Court for trial.
  • Kirkman v Stoker
  • The trial court's decision in Defendant Stoker was upheld on appeal and attorney's fees awarded to Defendant Stoker on appeal.


  • Northwest Montana Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Montana Interdisciplinary Network of Guardianship Stakeholders (WINGS)
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Idaho Supreme Court Guardianship and Conservatorship Rules Committee
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • National Guardianship Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • National Association of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Idaho State Bar, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Idaho State Bar, Taxation, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • Montana State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • Idaho State Bar
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • Montana State Bar Association Family Law Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Montana State Bar, , BETTR Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Idaho Guardian and Fiduciary Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Idaho State Bar Association, Taxation, Trust and Probate Section
  • Past Chairperson
  • 2003 - 2003
  • Ada County Board of Community Guardians
  • Board Member
  • 1996 - 2002
  • Canyon County Organization on Aging
  • Board Member
  • 1995 - 1998
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Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • 6.1 Challenge Award for Pro Bono & Community Service
  • Idaho State Bar
  • 2014
  • 6.1 Challenge Award for Pro Bono & Community Service
  • Idaho State Bar
  • 2013


  • The Advocate (Idaho State Bar)
  • Idaho Public Records Act: Co-authored with Patricia M. Olsson
  • 2007
  • Idaho State Bar Association
  • The Guardianship & Conservatorship Handbook, Questions and Answers: Co-drafted with James P. Kaufman
  • 2001

Speaking Engagements

  • Idaho Guardian & Fiduciary Association Conference
  • Ethlical Obligations of Guardians and Conservators
  • 2013
  • Idaho Guardian and Fiduciary Association Annual Conference
  • Basics of Guardianship and Conservatorship
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (1)
Endorse Michelle
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"Michelle is an experience attorney and a zealous advocate for her clients. She's great to work with and I endorse her because she's kind, exceedingly qualified, and simply gets results. I look forward to working with Michelle in the years to come as well."
Family Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Michelle for her careful and caring approach to dealing with sensitive issues with clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"Michelle's work ethic and commitment to delivering exceptional work product to her clients is unparalleled. She is a highly skilled advocate for her clients while remaining compassionate and personable. I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"I gladly endorse Michelle for her excellent professionalism. She develops strong relationships with her clients, allowing her to craft estate plans that address their particular circumstances. Insights from Michelle's guardianship and probate practices have strongly complimented her estate planning strategies."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"Michelle is a motivated and thorough professional with an exceptional attention to detail. She is a zealous advocate for her clients but is mutually capable of finding a fair middle ground where necessary. I proudly endorse this lawyer."
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