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Modern day estate planning is more than simply making a Will. Let O’Hearn Lawyers help you.

Our estate planning lawyers are experts in helping you build a robust legal framework around your estate plan, one that allows you to achieve your objectives and makes sure your wealth isn’t dissipated by unnecessary tax liabilities, business risks or family law property settlements.

Business Succession Planning

O’Hearn Lawyers have knowledge and experience setting up business succession plans for many different business structures. We can help you develop a plan to make sure you’re organised for the expected and of course, unexpected.

Estate Planning

Complex law issues such as Estate Planning need to be dealt with accurately to ensure they are distributed the way the owner intends/intended. O’Hearn Lawyers have the expertise in Estate Planning law to work with you to achieve the desired outcome.

Family Provision Act Claims

You can make a family provision claim if you are an eligible person and have been left out of a will, or did not receive what you thought you were entitled to receive. We can work through this process and determine if you’re an eligible person with this right. O’Hearn Lawyers can help you with guardianship orders, which entitles the holder to make decision on behalf of another person about lifestyle matters.

Powers of Attorney and Testamentary Trusts

We’re able to assist you with appointing Powers of Attorney, which can look after your financial needs on your behalf to your Enduring Guardian, who will look after you medical needs. If you’d like to secure your assets and provide a means of tax minimisation for your beneficiaries, a testamentary trust may be an option for you. The process can be quite complex, however we’ll take you through the steps and benefits of a testamentary trust within your legal rights.


If you’re the beneficiary of a Will that is being challenged, our lawyers can help you. Disputes of Wills are common, however it doesn’t have to be stressful and we can work together to reach a desired outcome. Our goal is to make the process as stress-free as possible.

Probate and Estate administration and Deceased Estates

O’Hearn Lawyers can support you with deceased estates, Probate & Administration. A grant of probate is issued to the executor(s) named in the current Will left by the deceased. Letters of administration are issued when the deceased person has not made a Will. In most instances the grant is made to the closest surviving next of kin of the deceased.

Superannuation and Binding Death Benefit Nominations

These days, most of us own a super fund and unfortunately it often gets overlooked when writing a Will. Superannuation is only dealt with by your Will if the trustee elects to pay it to your estate or alternatively directly from the fund to your dependents, without going through your estate.

Our People

At O'Hearn Lawyers, our people are important to the success of our clients. Our Partners and staff are committed to providing the best legal service to achieve all you need to for a positive outcome.

What our clients say

O’Hearn Lawyers have been a fixture in the Newcastle community for over three decades.

From our humble beginnings in September 1988 on Nelson Street, Wallsend, our family company has grown exponentially over the years.

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I highly recommend Maryanne for Family Law matters. At all times I was well informed and felt comfortable talking to her about my situation. She was extremely helpful and very understanding.

Happy Client
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Recently I was in need of legal advice and a friend referred me to Maryanne McGrath. Maryanne was very helpful in my matter and took considerable time to work through all aspects of my problem. With her advice I was able to make a decision regarding my enquiry. I feel that the decision I made was an informed one and covered all of my concerns. I found Maryanne to be very professional in her approach to me and my matter. She also took the time to listen and discuss all of my concerns. Nothing was rushed and I was given time to feel comfortable with my decision. Also during the course of our meetings, several other issues arose and we were able to address those as well. Thank you Maryanne.

Mr and Mrs Bartlett
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O’Hearn Lawyers have supported my business and myself in multiple cases over the past 6 years, from a business share sale, property sales & subdivisions, commercial contract reviews and industrial litigation. Ben O’Hearn and his team have assisted my business and me personally through some extremely difficult and technical legal matters and I would have no hesitation in recommending O’Hearn Lawyers.

Company Director in Mining
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Maryanne is a real professional! My situation required patience and Maryanne helped deliver the right outcome for me. She was always clear with my options along the way and I would not hesitate recommending her services

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O’Hearn Lawyers have impressed me with their practical and commercial approach to commercial and residential property development and conveyancing. They are a pleasure to deal with and consistently communicate to keep me up to date. I look forward to working with them in the future.

Real Estate Agent
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I have had the pleasure of dealing with Leah Reynolds on a couple of occasions now. I would never consider anybody else. Leah is incredibly efficient and diligent in her work and makes what can potentially be a stressful process, incredibly stress free. I have recommended Leah on numerous occasions to friends and colleagues.

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The law is complex and it can be confusing and intimidating. But it doesn’t have to be. We understand the detail and we’re able to tailor a strategic approach and deliver legal advice to meet your specific needs.

From Wills & Conveyancing to Commercial Law, at O’Hearn Lawyers we’re on your side.

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