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Law Offices of James H. Beauchamp & Patrick H. Kernan

Simplifying Estate Ownership

Beauchamp and Associates is a small law firm specializing in estate planning. We are conscious of our client's circumstances and give their cases the individual attention and consideration needed in legal matters. Get to know more about us.

James H. Beauchamp, Attorney at Law

Hi. I’m Jim Beauchamp, and I practice law in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I’m originally from Stillwater, where I met and married Fran. After we graduated from OSU in 1965, we moved to New Orleans where I attended Tulane Law School. In 1968 I graduated from Tulane with honors, then moved to Indianapolis to begin my two year Army career. I spent my second year in Vietnam as part of the Engineering Corps, where I worked for the commanding general, defended soldiers in various court martials – from possession to murder – and taught classes for the University of Maryland.
Following Vietnam, Fran and I moved to Dayton, Ohio, where I practiced with the law firm Bieser, Greer and Landis for seven years. While living in Ohio, Fran and I welcomed the births of our two oldest children, Greg and Colleen.

In late 1977, we relocated to Oklahoma, where I joined the firm of Miller, Dollarhide and Beauchamp. I stayed there for two years, then moved to Tulsa to become general counsel of a publicly held firm. Our youngest son, John was born in 1980, after which I decided to open my own firm.

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James H. Beauchamp is author of several articles both in this website and in professional journals, and two books which are available at Amazon. He was editor of The Tulsa Lawyer, 1989-91, and received Outstanding Contribution Awards from the Tulsa County Bar Association for the years 1990 and 1991.

Mr. Beauchamp was a member of the board of directors for the Tulsa County Bar Association from 1989-91. He has served as a Director of the Tulsa Estate Planning Forum and also served as director of the Oklahoma Planned Giving Council. He currently serves on a legislative committee of the Oklahoma Bar Association, which submitted modifications to the proposed Uniform Trust Code. He was selected as one of 13 Oklahoma estate planning lawyers, in the April 2011 Oklahoma magazine, who scored highest in overall satisfaction (lawyers were rated by financial services, professionals and clients).

He has been a lecturer for NBI Seminars on the topics of Family Limited Partnerships in Oklahoma, a Practical Guide to Estate Planning, Advanced Estate Planning Techniques in Oklahoma, How to Draft Effective Wills and Trusts for Your Clients in Oklahoma, and Key Issues in Estate Planning and Probate. Mr. Beauchamp received the Bronze Star Medal in Vietnam.

James H. Beauchamp

Patrick H. Kernan, Attorney at Law

Since 1975, Patrick Kernan has been continuously and actively engaged in the private practice of law in the state of Oklahoma in the field of civil litigation.  The focus of his practice has been in complex business litigation, Wills & Trust litigation between trustees and beneficiaries, including cases involving breach of fiduciary duties, fraud, undue influence, lack of capacity, negligence, and related claims.  Mr. Kernan has tried more than 80 jury and non-jury cases to verdict/decision in both state and federal courts.

Mr. Kernan's practice has also included the drafting of Wills & Trusts, and the ancillary documents related to those critical estate planning documents.

 Mr. Kernan has been privileged to represent the Oklahoma Board of Bar Examiners for over 40 years, acting as general counsel in all matters pertaining to the admission to the practice of law in Oklahoma.  In that capacity, he has litigated more than 200 administrative hearings before the Board of Bar Examiners. 

In 2008, Mr. Kernan was appointed by Federal District Judge Claire Eagan as an adjunct settlement magistrate and has served continuously in that capacity in the Northern District of Oklahoma up to the present.  He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Oklahoma State University and earned a Juris Doctor degree from Oklahoma City University, graduating in the Top 10% of his law school class.  Mr. Kernan is admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in Oklahoma, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. He is rated AV® Preeminent™, the highest rating awarded to attorneys for legal ability and professional ethics from the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory Peer Review Rating System.

Cell: (918) 645-7179
Email: pkernan@kernanlegal.com

Patrick H. Kernan, Attorney at Law
Patrick H. Kernan, Attorney at Law