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Robert L. Surprenant, Esq., of Counsel

Robert L. Surprenant, Esq., of Counsel is the founder of Surprenant & Beneski, P.C. (formerly The Medicaid & Estate Planning Strategies Law Firm, P.C.) in New Bedford, Massachusetts. He is a graduate of Northeastern University (B.A. in Business Administration) and Boston College Law School (J.D.). Mr. Surprenant is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts and […]

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Daniel M. Surprenant, Esq., CELA*

Daniel M. Surprenant, Esq. is a partner in the firm, focusing his practice in the areas of estate planning, elder law, Medicaid, long term care planning and special needs trusts.  He enjoys learning about his clients, their families and their goals in order to customize an estate plan to achieve those goals.  Attorney Surprenant has served as president […]

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Michelle D. Beneski, Esq., LL.M., CELA*

I am a partner at the family owned and operated law firm Surprenant & Beneski, P.C. with locations in New Bedford, Hyannis and Brockton, Massachusetts. I love helping families solve complex problems. Whether it is estate planning for a young couple, a retiree or crisis Medicaid planning when someone is about to go into a […]

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Brandon C. Walecka, Esq., LL.M.

Brandon C. Walecka is an associate attorney at Surprenant & Beneski, P.C. He focuses his practice, as does our firm, in the areas of elder law, estate planning, special needs planning and estate and trust administration. He is a member of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (MassNAELA) and was […]

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Erin L. Shea, Esq.

Erin L. Shea is an associate attorney at Surprenant & Beneski, P.C. She focuses her practice, as does the firm, in the areas of Medicaid planning, elder law, estate planning and special needs planning. She is a member of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (MassNAELA) and serves on the […]

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Sara A. Cunha

My name is Sara A. Cunha and I had the pleasure of joining the team at Surprenant & Beneski, P.C. as the Executive Director in December of 2016. Although I am coming from a Human Resources background outside of the legal field, I am very excited and confident that the skills, experience and education I […]

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Christa Silvieus

Hello! I am Christa Silvieus and I am new to the Surprenant & Beneski team.   For 18 years, I worked for a global direct sales company based in Plymouth. As Director of Sales Support, I had the pleasure of partnering with and supporting a dynamic sales force of over 60K independent consultants. That’s a […]

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Karen Leary

My name is Karen Leary and I am the community liaison and seminar coordinator for Surprenant & Beneski, P.C.  My job is to be out in the community meeting people and letting them know how we can help by giving them direction and hope.  I love my job because I work with such talented and […]

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Joelle Mendes

I am the Probate Case Manager here at Surprenant & Beneski, P.C.  I have been a paralegal since 1992 and with Surprenant & Beneski since 2006.  My primary responsibility is guiding our clients through the probate court process of estate administrations, guardianships and conservatorships.  Probate can be a challenging and intimidating process and I strive […]

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Ashley Algarvio

My name is Ashley J. Algarvio. I am the Estate Planning Case Manager at Surprenant & Beneski, P.C.  I have been a Case Manager with the firm for nine years.  I am originally from South Carolina but have been living in Massachusetts for many years. I have an Associates degree in Legal Studies and a […]

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Jillian Valentin

My name is Jillian Valentin (Benton). I started with Surprenant & Beneski as the receptionist in April of 2010 and shortly thereafter became the Client Service Coordinator.  I am now a Case Manager, assisting clients and our attorneys in many aspects of the naming.  I have been given a great opportunity with the firm to […]

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Silvia Sales

My name is Silvia Sales.  I am the MassHealth Case Manager here at Surprenant & Beneski, P.C.  I joined the team in 2014 and have worked in the legal field since 2001, bringing experience in real estate matters, estate planning, probate and civil litigation.  I feel privileged to work with elders and their families as […]

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Fiorella Vance

My name is Fiorella Vance. I was welcomed to Surprenant & Beneski, P.C. as their receptionist in June of 2013. I am usually the first person that you speak to when calling the firm. Although originally a native of Toronto, Canada, I am a permanent resident of the United States and have lived in Chicago, […]

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Melinda Santos

My name is Melinda Santos (DeAguiar) and I am the receptionist here at Surprenant & Beneski, P.C. I had the privilege of joining the Surprenant & Beneski team in August of 2015. I am the first person you will speak with when calling the firm, and the first person you will see when entering the […]

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