Michelle D. Beneski

Top rated Elder Law attorney in New Bedford, Massachusetts

Surprenant & Beneski, P.C.
Michelle D. Beneski
Surprenant & Beneski, P.C.

Practice Areas: Elder Law, Estate Planning & Probate

Licensed in Massachusetts since: 2003

Education: Pepperdine University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2013, 2017 - 2023
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Surprenant & Beneski, P.C.

35 Arnold Street
New Bedford, MA 02740 Phone: 508-994-5200 Email: Michelle D. Beneski Visit website


Attorney Michelle D. Beneski is a Managing Partner at Surprenant & Beneski, P.C. - a firm dedicated to providing estate planning and elder law services for individuals, including foundational documents (Health Care Proxies, HIPAA Authorizations, Power of Attorneys, Advance Directives, Last Will & Testaments), Asset Protection, Estate Tax Minimization, Trust Planning, Estate Administration including probate, Medicaid/MassHealth Planning and Special Needs Planning. Serving Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod & the Islands, the firm has office locations in New Bedford, Hyannis & Easton. Michelle and her brother, Daniel Surprenant, own the firm and are 2 of only 25 CELAs in the state of Massachusetts. A CELA is a Certified Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation. The CELA designation helps the public identify attorneys with an enhanced level of skill in meeting the legal needs of an elderly person or person with disabilities. Michelle Beneski has her LLM in Tax from the #2 program in the country, the University of Florida in Gainesville. With this additional specialization, Michelle brings advanced estate tax planning strategies forward that provide clients’ estates significant savings.

New Bedford Office

35 Arnold Street, New Bedford, MA 02740

Phone: 508-994-5200; Fax: 508-994-2227


336 South Street, Hyannis, MA 02601

Phone: 508-477-1102


45 Bristol Drive, Easton, MA 02375

Phone: 508-427-5400

First Admitted: 1991, Connecticut

Professional Webpage: https://myfamilyestateplanning.com/about-us/michelle-beneski...

  • This is a bi-montly newsletter written by Attorney Beneski on various topics on interest for seniors., Elder Law Today
  • This is a weekly ezine written by Attorney Beneski and others at Surprenant & Beneski, P.C. on estate planning issues., Family Wealth Report
  • Michelle regularly works with clients in creating trust to protect assets from the cost of long term care and estate taxes.  Michelle provides clients with sophisticated revocable living trusts, asset protection trusts, beneficiary controlled trusts as well as wills, testamentary trusts and retirement asset trusts. 
  • What we can achieve for youElder Law and Estate Planning encompass a broad array of legal services. By way of example, we often help clients: Eliminate or minimize state and federal Estate Taxes to ensure that your wealth passes to your loved ones rather than the government Protect your assets and income if you or your spouse require Nursing Home care so that your home and hard-earned savings are not lost to Medicaid (MassHealth) Ensure that your assets are protected for your minor or special needs children in the event of your incapacity or death Administer Probate Estates or Trusts to ensure a timely and accurate distribution of Estate assetsPractice Areas:Estate Planning (Wills, Revocable and Irrevocable Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Health Care Proxies, Living Wills, Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts, Retirement Trusts) Elder Law Asset Protection MassHealth Planning – Advance Planning MassHealth Planning – Nursing Home Crisis Planning MassHealth Planning – Benefits at Your Home Estate Tax Planning Special Needs Planning VA Planning for Aid & Attendance Benefits Probate Administration Trust Administration Conservatorship & Guardianship
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Numerous National and state speaking events including but not limited events on behalf of the Natonal Academy  of  Elderlaw Attorneys, Wealth Counsel, Lorman, The Connecticut Business and Industry Association, Coastline Elderly Services, The MA/NH chapter of the Alzheimer's association.   Michelle is also a co-author of the book "Protect Your Family- Don't write a blank check to the nursing home.", Lecturer
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Certified Elder Law Attorney - certified by the National Elder Law Foundation  the only certification recognized by the americain bar association related to elder law.
Educational Background:
  • L.L.M. in Taxation from the University of Florida College of Law, 2001
White Papers:
  • Written by Attorney Michelle D. Beneski and ten other nationally-known elder law practitioners, the “Protect Your Family!” book gathers the collective wisdom of a dream team of leading elder law attorneys and breaks this down into layman’s terms, giving the reader the essential tools and knowledge for effective long-term care planning.  Protect your family and your hard-earned assets before it’s too late. This book includes chapters on: “How to Prepare for Getting Older” Michelle D. Beneski “Senior Living Options Henry M. Levandowski “Reverse Mortgages” Paul J. Stano “Caregivers” Karol A. Bisbee “Myths and Misunderstandings” Julius A. Carney “Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease: What Patients and Their Families Need to Know” Janis A. Carney “Medicaid” Thorpe A. Facer “Special Monthly Pension Available Through the Veterans Administration” Michael L. Brumbaugh “Trusts” Julieanne E. Steinbacher & Adrianne J. Stahl “End of Life Issues” J. Randall Clinkscales “Pitfalls, Problems, and Things to Look Out for When Considering Long-Term Planning” Michael L. Brumbaugh, Protect Your Family Don’t Write a Blank Check to the Nursing Home., 2012
  • This informational book contains uptodate information on Medicaid rules, nursing home care, home care, assisted living care, government benefit programs, funeral prepanning and more to assist seniors and families in preparing to get  older.  The guide is updated annually with current law., Elder Care Guide
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • President of the board of directors of Coastline Elderly Services in New Bedford Massachusetts., 2016
  • Volunteer lawyer assisting with cases as asked for the South Coast Legal Services.  Michelle has been recoginized with the First Justices' Award for Pro Bono Publico Excellence each year from 2009 to 2016 by the First Justice of the Probate and Court Bristol, Plymouth and Barnstable County Divisions.
Industry Groups:
  • Bristol County Bar Association
  • Bristol County Estate Planning Council
  • Bristol County Estate Planning Council
  • Coastline Elderly Services President Board Of Directors
  • Coastline Elderly Services President Board Of Directors
  • Leading Lawyers Of Estate Planning
  • Leading Lawyers Of Estate Planning
  • National Acadmey Of Elder Law Attorneys
  • National Acadmey Of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Wealth Counsel
  • Wealth Counsel

Office location for Michelle D. Beneski

35 Arnold Street
New Bedford, MA 02740


9 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2013, 2017 - 2023

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