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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.

Wills

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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As an experienced senior corporate insolvency and turnaround expert I have a high demand for timely and accurate commercial legal advice. Over the last several years or so, I have on a number of occasions engaged Ben O’Hearn from O’Hearn Lawyers to provide specialist commercial legal advice and represent me when necessary. I have found Ben to be accessible, hands on with his team crafting practical and sound legal solutions, and responsive to my urgent enquiry. Ben and his team are also prepared to work with you to ensure OHL’s legal fees represent value for money. I highly recommend Ben O’Hearn to anyone looking for a good honest commercial lawyer, whether it be a one-off transaction, or to become part of your trusted circle of advisers.

Paul
Liquidator
Rating : 5

Leah is fantastic, she is very knowledgeable and experienced and made the process very easy from start to finish. Recommended.

Dennis
Loans Manager
Rating : 5

I thank the team at O’Hearn Lawyers: notably Leah, for her outstanding customer service. Leah went above and beyond to ensure all our needs were met. The team at O’Hearn Lawyers, as a whole, are very friendly and accommodating in a very stressful and demanding time for us and their professionalism, commitment and reassurance ensured the process went smoothly, stress free and ensured all our requirements were met. Thank you so much for everything you have done!

Kent and Kirsty
First Home Buyers
Rating : 5

"I've used O'Hearn Lawyers for my business for many years now, and though our contact is infrequent, my experience has always been positive. What I appreciate most is their 'real world' advice, rather than advice that simply increases their own billable hours. They're highly experienced and excellent at what they do, but they're rational and honest also, and I always feel they have our best interests at heart."

Martin
Business Owner
Rating : 5

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.

Dane
Real Estate Agent
Rating : 5

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

Brad
Happy Client
Rating : 5

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Legal help, without the confusion.

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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