Ben Hartman is a partner in the estates and trusts practice group and the corporate taxation practice group.

Ben, based in the Firm’s Brunswick office, has extensive experience in the areas of estate planning, estate administration, fiduciary litigation, incapacity planning/conservatorships, corporate formation, and governance. Over the years, he has acted as counsel for Brunswick industries, the hospital authority, physician practice groups, nonprofit organizations, and the Brunswick Housing Authority. He also represents various timber interests and bank trust departments.

He is the past president of the Brunswick-Glynn County Bar Association. In 2007, Ben was selected as one of Brunswick’s “20 Under 40” business leaders by Golden Isles Magazine.

Ben has a legacy of extensive community involvement in the Golden Isles. A graduate of Leadership Georgia and Leadership Glynn, he currently serves on the boards of the College of Coastal Georgia Foundation and the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Georgia. He also serves as chairman of the Katz-Helen and Ray Whittle, Jr. Foundation.

Ben is licensed to practice law in Georgia and is a fellow with the Lawyers Foundation of Georgia. He is active in the Fiduciary Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia and has been a frequent lecturer at institutes sponsored by the State Bar.

Ben earned a B.A. in History from Furman University in 1993 and graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1996. Ben is a longtime resident of St. Simons Island, where he lives with his wife, Leslie, and their three children. Ben is an elder at St. Simons Presbyterian Church.



Georgia Trend Magazine Legal Elite: 2012 & 2015-2017

Georgia Trend Magazine’s annual listing of Georgia’s top attorneys, selected by their peers. The list includes eight practice areas: business law; personal injury litigation; criminal law; labor and employment; taxes, estates and trusts; bankruptcy and creditors’ rights; family law; and general practice/trial law.

Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce: Chairman’s Award, 2015

Attorney Ben Hartman received the Chairman’s Award at the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce annual dinner on June 16, 2015.

Brunswick’s 20 Under 40: 2007

Brunswick’s 20 under 40 is an annually published list by Golden Isles Magazine, featuring 20 notable professionals and community leaders all under the age of 40.

Martindale-Hubbell: AV Rated

The Martindale-Hubbell® PEER REVIEW RATINGS™ are an objective indicator of a lawyer’s high ethical standards and professional ability, generated from evaluations of lawyers by other members of the bar and the judiciary in the United States and Canada.

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Publications & Presentations


Preparing a Succession Plan for a Family-owned Business

By J. Benedict Hartman, published in the 2016 issue of The Advisor, a publication by Furman University.

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Who gets the Little Red Corvette: The Vital Importance of Estate Planning

In his article for Business in Savannah, HunterMaclean partner Ben Hartman discusses the importance of estate planning in light of Prince’s recent death.

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Conscientious estate planning in light of impending IRS regulations

The IRS is expected to introduce new regulations that may curtail one way that families reduce their tax burdens as they pass wealth from one generation to the next. HunterMaclean attorney Ben Hartman discusses the issue further in his article for Elegant Island Living.

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Estate Planning in the 21st Century: Modern Considerations to Ease the Burden

The advent of the Internet has changed the way we communicate, the way we shop, the way we learn—and now it is changing the way we plan our estates as well. In addition to the important steps of writing a will and creating an advance directive for health care, there are many new aspects to ensuring that affairs are in order. Attorney Ben Hartman discusses these new aspects of estate planning in his article for Elegant Island Living.

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Successful Estate Planning

Surveys show that while around 60 percent of Americans believe that all adults should have estate plans, only about 40 percent have one. Many think it will be a complex and difficult undertaking. Estate planning does not need to be complicated, but it does need three essential elements.

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New Estate Planning in Light of the New Tax Laws

HunterMaclean partner Ben Hartman discusses the impact of new estate planning tax laws, offering insight into the latest exemptions and regulations.

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Understanding Business Contracts

HunterMaclean partner Ben Hartman provides an informative overview of business contracts, offering suggestions to maximize their effectiveness for business owners.

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Successful Retirement Planning

Partner Ben Hartman reveals the important factors to keep in mind when it comes to planning for retirement.

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Plan for Strategic Business Succession

HunterMaclean partner Ben Hartman discusses the importance of planning ahead for business succession to ensure a company’s long-term success.

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Tax Law 2012: A window Of Opportunity?

HunterMaclean partner Ben Hartman discusses shifting political landscapes and tax codes and the potential impact on estate planning opportunities.

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Fit Test Your Business

How fit is your business? This PowerPoint provides overview information on four important aspects of your business’s legal “fitness”: business structure, employment, agreements and contracts, and business succession.

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Nine HunterMaclean Attorneys Honored as 2017 Georgia Trend Legal Elite

HunterMaclean is honored to announce that nine attorneys were recently recognized as 2017 Legal Elite by Georgia Trend.

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HunterMaclean Attorneys Honored as 2016 Georgia Trend Legal Elite

Eight HunterMaclean attorneys were recognized as 2016 Legal Elite by Georgia Trend. Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite is compiled by attorneys submitting their nominations through the publication’s website.

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HunterMaclean Attorney Ben Hartman Honored as 2015 Georgia Trend Legal Elite

HunterMaclean is proud to announce that J. Benedict “Ben” Hartman was recently named as 2015 Georgia Trend Legal Elite. Georgia Trend publishes the annual feature honoring Georgia’s leading attorneys.

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Ben Hartman honored with Chairman's Award at Brunswick Chamber annual dinner

The Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce honored HunterMaclean attorney Ben Hartman with this year’s Chairman’s Award. The Chamber also recognized Ron Maulden with the Alfred W. Jones Sr. Award.

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HunterMaclean Helps Support College of Coastal Georgia Scholarship Fund

HunterMaclean has pledged $12,500 to help fund an innovative new scholarship for undergraduate students at the College of Coastal Georgia in Brunswick. The Leadership Through Service Scholarship will provide support for service-learning participants enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program in Business or Psychology.


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HunterMaclean Partner J. Benedict Hartman Named to Board of Directors

HunterMaclean, a leading business law firm with offices in Brunswick, Ga. and Savannah, Ga., is pleased to announce that partner J. Benedict “Ben” Hartman has been named to the board of directors of Children’s Advocacy Centers of Georgia, Inc.  He was nominated to serve by Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens.

Children’s Advocacy Centers of Georgia, Inc., an accredited chapter of the National Children’s Alliance, has 39 member centers across the state.  The organization’s mission is to promote, assist and support the development and growth and continuation of child advocacy centers throughout the Peach State.

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Attorney J. Benedict Hartman Joins Brunswick Office of HunterMaclean

HunterMaclean, a leading business law firm with offices in Brunswick, Ga. and Savannah, Ga., is pleased to announce that J. Benedict “Ben” Hartman recently joined the firm as a partner in the Trusts and Estates Practice Group and the Corporate/Tax Practice Group.

Hartman, who is based at the firm’s Brunswick office, has extensive experience in the areas of estate planning, estate administration, fiduciary litigation, elder law, corporate formation and corporate transactions. Over the years, he has acted as counsel for Brunswick industries, Southeast Georgia Health System, the Brunswick Housing Authority, physician practice groups and non-profit organizations. He also represents individuals in estate planning, timber interests, bank trust departments and an agent group for PGA golfers.

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HunterMaclean Critical Issues Forum on Logistics

The 2013 HunterMaclean Critical Issues Forum addressed the logistics industry, which is a major economic engine for the port cities of Savannah and Brunswick and for the entire state of Georgia.  A moderated panel addressed global competitiveness, infrastructure, technology, human resources, workforce needs, and much more.  Includes a 3-minute highlight video and link to a video of the full 1-hour program.

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Creative Financing: Firm Secures Multi-Million New Markets Tax Credit for Health System

Firm partners Ben Hartman and Adam Kirk spearheaded a landmark multi-million-dollar New Markets Tax Credit Program deal for Southeast Georgia Health System, one of HunterMaclean’s clients. The deal will lead to significant savings for the Health System’s new Medical Office Building and Community Care Center.

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