Vern Hearn grew up in Evanston, a small village in Cape Breton, and his love of small communities has shaped his life and his law practice.
He attended St. Francis Xavier University for his undergraduate degree, a BBA in Information Systems, and went on to law school at Dalhousie University.
Vern articled at Burchell MacDougall, but started his practice with a firm in Halifax after passing the bar.
“I liked Truro, and the appeal of a small town, very much,” he explains, “But, our life was in Halifax at that time.”
While in the city, Vern maintained his connections at Burchell MacDougall. It was upon learning John MacDougall, a friend and former member of the firm, was leaving to become a judge, he decided to return to Truro and take on John’s real estate practice.
“Real estate law tends to be a happier law, and I enjoy it,” Vern says, “I help people get into new homes or sell their existing homes, and that’s incredibly rewarding.”
Vern also works in wills and estates, and his clients appreciate his professional, yet personable, manner.
“I’m a problem-solver, I get things done and I don’t make mountains out of molehills,” he explains, “But I’m also pretty easy-going, so clients are comfortable with me from our first meeting.”
When he’s outside the office, Vern enjoys curling, playing guitar and golf. He’s also an active volunteer, and he and his wife, Terry, are familiar faces at many community events.
“That small town appeal drew us back to Truro,” Vern says, “And it’s kept us here.
- Real Property
- Wills and Estates
- Corporate Commercial Law
- Municipal Law
Professional Qualifications & Education:
- Nova Scotia Bar Admission 1987
- St. Francis Xavier University (B.B.A. – Major – Information Systems), 1983
- Dalhousie University (LL.B., 1986)
Professional Associations & Membership in Community Organizations:
- Member, Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society
- Member, Canadian Bar Association
- Member, Real Estate Lawyers of Nova Scotia
- Board Member/Solicitor, Truro & District Chamber of Commerce
- Past Chair, Colchester Regional Hospital Foundation
- Member, Truro Curling Club
- Past Solicitor, Chamber of Commerce
- Acting for purchasers and sellers of residential real property.
- Acting for developers of subdivisions and other lands.
- Acting for business and non-business clients in respect of mortgages and refinancings.
- Negotiating, and preparing various agreements relating to real property such as agreements of sale, mortgages options, easements, etc.
- Co-ordinated and reported on the titles along the MNPP Halifax Lateral Pipeline Project. Work completed over 2-3 years (1997-2000 +/-) and involved over 250 title searches (and twice as many subsearches) with standardized reporting and registration of options, deeds and easements.
Probate, Wills, Estates and Trusts
- Preparing wills and powers of attorney.
- Preparing Trust Agreements.
- Probating wills and advising personal representatives (Executors and Adminstrators) respecting the administration of estates.
Corporate Commercial Law
- Incorporating small businesses.
- Assisting small businesses in financings.
- Advising small business regarding risk management, preparing leases, options, employer contracts, company minutes, partnership agreements and shareholders’ agreements.
- Advice on municipal law, including laws and regulations.
- Acting as town solicitor (Town of Stewiacke, 1988-2004) and providing general advice respecting municipal issues.