Our sole focus is protecting legacies for future generations.

We represent families in estate planning by providing legal and tax counsel.

Licensed in Oregon, Washington and Arizona

est. 1960

John W. WheartyTax Attorney/Managing Partner

John W. Whearty is a tax attorney licensed to practice in Oregon, Washington and Arizona. Mr. Whearty limits his practice to tax and estate planning, business law and business transactions, as well as the resulting litigation from these areas of practice. Mr. Whearty received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Portland State University, a Master of Business Administration Degree from Washington State University, and both his Juris Doctor Degree and Certificate in Federal Tax Law from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College. Mr. Whearty is a member of the Oregon, Washington and Arizona State Bars, United States District Court for the Districts of Oregon and Western Washington, and is admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court.

COMPASSIONATEOur family has trusted MacLaren & Whearty for many years. They have taken the time to connect with me and my family on a personal compassionate level rather than just on a client-attorney level, making my estate planning much easier."

Bacon Family, Arizona

OutstandingJohn Whearty’s knowledge of both estate planning and tax planning is outstanding. John and his team are top-notch professionals who understand the legal and tax intricacies of estate planning for high wealth individuals and families."

McNulty Family, Oregon

Our Team


Legal Assistant to John W. Whearty

April M. Leeman is a graduate of Bradford University where she obtained her Legal Secretary Certificate. With more than two decades of experience as a legal assistant, she expertly supports MacLaren & Whearty as the firm’s Office Manager and Mr. Whearty’s personal legal assistant. Ms. Leeman’s superior professionalism are key in handling the firm’s confidential correspondence, estate planning documents and legal pleadings.


Paralegal to John W. Whearty

Darlene S. Harris is a paralegal with more than 30 years of experience skillfully administering trusts and settling estates. Ms. Harris is a graduate of the Legal Assistant Studies at the College of Legal Arts in Portland, Oregon, and has her Certificate in Legal Assistant Professional Skills Training from Portland Community College. Ms. Harris is responsible for the firm’s Post Death Administration duties while also helping to guide families dealing with the death of a loved one.

Find Us


9115 SW Oleson Road, Suite 100
Portland, Oregon 97223

Conveniently located off of Hwy 217 in Tigard with reserved client parking.
Our office is located on the first floor and wheel-chair/walker accessible. We make coming to see us a breeze.