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 nursing home, our clients face difficult and complex decisions. We have created a special place here at Surprenant & Beneski that doesn’t look or feel like an impersonal law firm. What we do is very personal for clients. Our team is uniquely qualified to help find the right solution for each family.
Personally, I am a mother of four children, Jenna, Renee, Alex and Eric, ages 19 to 10. I am married to my high school sweetheart, Joe, and we live in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Outside of work, I have very little free time. I wish I could say I had hobbies, but most of my free time is spent going to my kids’ activities, such as karate, soccer, etc. I also love to travel, and in the past several years we have gone to Paris, France, Florence, Italy, California, Kansas City, Missouri, St. Louis, Missouri, and Williamsport, Pennsylvania. I love good wine, tea, Chesuncook, Maine, warm weather, and a good book.
Professionally, I am a Certified Elder Law Attorney. I am one of only two located in Bristol County, Massachusetts. I was certified by the National Elder Law Foundation. It is the only certification for elder law recognized by the American Bar Association. Additionally, I was selected for inclusion in 2012 Massachusetts Super Lawyers by Boston Magazine. I am the Vice President of the Board of Directors for Coastline Elderly Services. I was the 2005 co-chair of the Alzheimer’s Partnership of S.E. Massachusetts. I am a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, a member of Wealth Counsel, Past Director of the Bristol County Estate Planning Council, and a member of the Bristol Networking Group. I am a frequent lecturer and author on elder law and estate planning issues, co-author of “Protect Your Family! Don’t Write a Blank Check to the Nursing Home“, sold nationally on Amazon.com, as well as on our website. I am also the author of The Elder Care Guide. I write regularly in the Bristol County Woman’s Journal, and for our newsletter the Elder Law Today.
I am a graduate of Fitchburg State College, (B.S. Cum Laude), Pepperdine University School of Law (J.D.), and University of Florida, College of Law Graduate Tax Program (LL.M. in Taxation). I am licensed in Massachusetts and Connecticut and practice in the areas of Estate, Tax, Medicaid and Asset Protection Planning. Before coming to Surprenant & Beneski, P.C., I worked for six years as a tax manager and senior manager for two different big 4 Accounting firms. I also worked as a tax attorney lobbying business tax issues for the Connecticut Business and Industry Association.