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Attorney Karen I. Finley

Karen earned her Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree in 1995 from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law.  The following year, in 1996, she earned an advanced law degree, her Master of Laws in Taxation (LL.M.) degree, from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.  


Karen was admitted to the Missouri Bar in 1995 and the Illinois Bar in 1996.  She is a member of the Missouri Bar Estate Planning and Probate Administration Committee, the Missouri Bar Elder Law Committee, the Missouri Bar Taxation Committee, and the Missouri Bar Solo and Small Firm Committee.


Karen has been practicing law in the areas of estate planning, probate administration, fiduciary litigation, elder law, and tax and business planning for over fifteen years.  Prior to opening The Finley Law Firm LLC in 2000, Karen served as Special Assistant Attorney General and Associate Counsel to the Missouri Department of Revenue where she litigated state tax appeals before the Missouri Administrative Hearing Commission.  Subsequently, Karen served as a Senior Tax Consultant with Deloitte & Touche LLP, one of the nations “Big 4” public accounting firms.


Karen has earned an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry, for her legal knowledge, communication skills, professionalism and ethical standards.


Karen is a 1989 graduate of Kirkwood High School and lives in St. Louis, Missouri with her yellow Beagledor Retriever, Marigold Chrysanthemum. 




University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law

LL.M. - Master of Laws in Taxation - 1996


University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law

J.D. - Juris Doctor - 1995


University of Missouri - Columbia College of Business

B.S.B.A. - Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - 1992




Missouri Bar - 1995

Illinois Bar - 1996




United States Department of Veteran's Affairs



Awards and Honors:


Martindale-Hubbell® - AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated

Avvo Legal Directory - 10 out of 10 / Superb

Professional Associations and Memberships:


Missouri Bar, Probate and Trust Law Committee

Missouri Bar, Elder Law Committee

Missouri Bar, Taxation Law Committee

Missouri Bar, Solo and Small Firm Committee


Speaking Engagements:


National Business Institute

Financial Management of Estates and Trusts: Filing the Decedent's Final Income Tax Return - 2008


Lorman Education Services

Medicaid and Elder Law Issues in Missouri: Powers of Attorney and Advanced Directives - 2005

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