Law Office of Michael Finch LLP

Law Office of Michael Finch LLP

Zealous advocates for client rights since 1999

Firm Overview

The McMinnville, Oregon law firm of Fredrick & Finch, LLP aggressively pursues your case with a dedication to client responsiveness and service.

With more than 40 years of combined legal experience, attorneys Carol J. Fredrick and Michael L. Finch have the necessary knowledge and skill to get you the best possible outcome. The firm routinely practices in a variety of areas:
-Family law - Divorce, child custody, adoptions, child
support, spousal support and visitation disputes
-Criminal law - Felonies (including Measure 11),
misdemeanors, juvenile law, DUI and drug crimes
-Wills and trusts
-Employment law
-Landlord Tenant law

Don't go it alone
All too often, spouses going through a divorce believe they can settle the dissolution of their marriage on their own. While this may be true sometimes, our experience indicates that having an aggressive lawyer on your side helps you obtain the outcome you want - and deserve.

We aggressively and thoroughly research the facts pertaining to your case. We fight for your rights and demand justice from our adversaries through negotiation or trial. We do all we can to protect your way of life.

Main Office

Main Office
2046 North East Highway 99W, Suite D
McMinnville OR 97128

Phone

(503) 435-1455

Fax

(503) 474-1116

Fees

Office Information

Child Custody

Zealous Oregon Child Custody Attorneys

Your parental rights are at stake if your divorce leads to an unjust custody or visitation decision. If you face the devastating prospect of losing precious time with your children or forfeiting essential parental rights, you need an aggressive attorney to fight for your rights to raise your child in a healthy, thriving environment. Michael Finch fights for your rights in all aspects of child custody and visitation:

-Primary or joint custody arrangements
-Visitation rights
-Grandparent visitation
-Modification of custody and visitation orders
-Enforcement of orders
-Juvenile delinquency and dependency proceedings
-Decisions related to religion, education and upbringing of
the child

Skill makes all the difference in the Oregon courtroom:
You may need to fight for your children's best interests at trial. If the other parent refuses to compromise or expresses hostility toward you, negotiations can fail. If you believe the other parent poses a danger to your children's well-being, the courtroom is the necessary forum for establishing parental rights. The uncertainty of litigation compounds the stress and upheaval surrounding your family's lives. With committed attorneys by your side, you can feel confident that your children are protected and your parental rights are secure.

Child Support

Michael Finch will represent your child support legal matters.

Tenacity. Responsiveness. Service.
Don't go it alone. To turn the page to the next chapter of your life, rely on the aggressive attorneys at Michael Finch, LLP in McMinnville.

Collaborative Divorce

Experienced McMinnville, OR Divorce Lawyers

The dissolution of a marriage involves crucial decisions about the welfare of your children and the equitable division of your assets. The attorneys at Michael Finch consider all aspects of your divorce to reach the best possible solutions regarding:
-Child custody and visitation rights
-Child support
-The distribution of personal property, bank accounts, stocks
and other assets
-The division of marital debts
-The sale or possession of the marital home
-Spousal support and temporary support

Assertive family law litigators:
When litigation becomes necessary, a strong litigator can protect your rights during your divorce. The attorneys at Fredrick & Finch zealously prepare for trial and fight for your rights at every stage of the adversarial litigation process. Our assertive approach to trial can alleviate the uncertainty and stress of the arduous litigation process and help you obtain the most favorable trial outcome. Through tactical trial strategies and a commanding courtroom presence, the skilled litigators at our firm successfully represent clients throughout the adversarial litigation process.

Criminal Defense

Fearless Oregon Criminal Law Attorneys

McMinnville criminal defense law firm fights for your rights:
If you've been accused of a crime, don't let the prosecution bully you around. Stand up for your rights and hire a dedicated criminal defense attorney in our McMinnville firm who will let the prosecution know that you mean business. Our criminal defense lawyers have more than 40 years of collective experience defending individuals charged with criminal offenses.

Ensuring your freedom:
We are devoted to protecting our clients' freedom. We challenge the prosecution to prove their case and do everything in our power to help eliminate or reduce any potential sentence. Our attorneys know that witnesses may lie on the stand, crime scenes can be tampered with and police officers can make mistakes. We will personally speak with witnesses to ensure that they are telling the whole truth. We can examine the alleged crime scene with a fine-toothed comb, searching for evidence that can help prove your innocence. We will also pore over police records and bring in experts to challenge the prosecution's theories. Nothing is more important than your freedom. If you need a defense attorney who is dedicated to your case, contact our firm today.

Protecting our clients since 1999:
We represent clients in the following criminal matters:

Felonies
If you have been charged with a felony, it is essential to have an experienced criminal defense attorney zealously defend you in court. Felonies are extremely serious crimes, such as murder, rape, armed robbery, credit card fraud and burglary. Felony convictions also have serious consequences. A convicted felon will be sentenced to serve at least one year in a state and federal prison, and may be committed for life. In addition, convicted felons are stripped of many of the rights guaranteed to American citizens, including the right to vote, the right to travel out of the country and the right to own a gun. Convicted felons also have to disclose their crimes on job applications, and also can be deported if they are not American citizens.

How you handle a felony charge can be the difference between life and death. We have the necessary experience handling felony charges and works to attain the best possible result for you. We also handle cases involving Oregon's Measure 11 as it pertains to the following serious crimes:
-Arson
-Assault
-Attempted murder
-Kidnapping
-Manslaughter
-Murder
-Rape
-Robbery
-Sexual abuse and other sex crimes

Misdemeanors:
Misdemeanors are crimes punishable by less than a year in prison, such as disorderly conduct, simple assault, shoplifting and trespassing. Although misdemeanors are less serious than felonies, having a misdemeanor conviction on your criminal record can limit your employment options and can require you to spend time in jail. Let ourr attorneys represent you, and ensure that you receive a fair trial.

Juvenile law:
When your son or daughter gets into trouble, you want an experienced Oregon defense attorney who knows what's at stake. We understand that sometimes kids don't always make the best choices and we fight to ensure that a mistake does not result in a bleak future. When circumstances dictate, we can also work to have records expunged.

DUI and other driving charges:
If you have been charged with operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, driving with a suspended license or with vehicular manslaughter, the attorneys at our firm can help put you back in the driver's seat. We also assist clients in restoring their driver's licenses and fighting traffic tickets.

Drug crimes:
Being charged with trafficking, distributing or possession of illegal substances or paraphernalia can result in heavy fines and extended time in jail. You can rely on our knowledge of drug crimes and our history of successful results to help you eliminate or minimize the charges against you.

Divorce

Experienced McMinnville, OR Divorce Lawyers

Assertive family law litigators:
When litigation becomes necessary, a strong litigator can protect your rights during your divorce. Our dedicated attorneys zealously prepare for trial and fight for your rights at every stage of the adversarial litigation process. Our assertive approach to trial can alleviate the uncertainty and stress of the arduous litigation process and help you obtain the most favorable trial outcome. Through tactical trial strategies and a commanding courtroom presence, the skilled litigators at Michael Finch, LLP successfully represent clients throughout the adversarial litigation process.

Divorce Mediation

The dissolution of a marriage involves crucial decisions about the welfare of your children and the equitable division of your assets.

The attorneys at Michael Finch, LLP consider all aspects of your divorce to reach the best possible solutions regarding:
-Child custody and visitation rights
-Child support
-The distribution of personal property, bank accounts, stocks
and other assets
-The division of marital debts
-The sale or possession of the marital home
-Spousal support and temporary support

Family

Michael Finch LLP will represent your family legal matters.

Assertive family law litigators:
When litigation becomes necessary, a strong litigator can protect your rights during your divorce. The attorneys at Michael Finch, LLP zealously prepare for trial and fight for your rights at every stage of the adversarial litigation process. Our assertive approach to trial can alleviate the uncertainty and stress of the arduous litigation process and help you obtain the most favorable trial outcome. Through tactical trial strategies and a commanding courtroom presence, the skilled litigators at our firm successfully represent clients throughout the adversarial litigation process.

Michael L. Finch

Law Office of Michael Finch LLP

Admitted:
-Oregon, 1992
-Colorado, 1993

Areas of practice:
-Criminal law
-Driving while intoxicated
-Felonies
-Personal injury
-Litigation
-Business and corporate law
-Real estate law
-Family law
-School law
-Construction Law

Education:
-Willamette University, J.D., 1992
-University of Minnesota, B.S., 1989

Memberships:
-Oregon State Bar
-American Bar Association
-National School Boards Association Council of School
Attorneys
-Oregon School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys
-Oregon School Personnel Association

Biography:
Author: "First Amendment Issues for Schools, "Lorman Education Services, 1997; "Weapons," Professional Development Network; "Search and Seizure, "Lorman Education Services, 1998; "Issues Regarding Search and Seizures, "Lorman Education Services, 1999. Co-Author: "How to Handle School Employee Misconduct (Child Abuse), "Lorman Education Services, 1997. Contributing Author: "The Special Education Law Answer Book," (to be published by LRP Publications).

Education

Willamette University
Juris Doctorate, 1992