Michelle D. Beneski

Michelle D. Beneski

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Elder Law Attorney in New Bedford, MA

Surprenant & Beneski, P.C.
 | 35 Arnold Street, New Bedford, MA 02740
Phone: 508-994-5200
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2013, 2017
Licensed Since: 2003
Practice Areas:
  • Elder Law (50%),
  • Estate Planning & Probate (50%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Michelle Beneski specializes in Elder Law and Estate Planning.  Michelle helps familiys navigate the difficult issues facing seniors such as qualifying for Medicaid, protecting assets from the high cost of long term care, minimizing estate taxes, protecting inherited assets from the claims of creditors.  Michelle is a Certified Elder Law Atttorney by the National Elder Law Foundation which is the only specialization in elderlaw recognized by the american bar associataion.  Michelle is a nationally recognized speaker on the topics of elder law, estate planning, and asset protection. 

White Papers

  • Protect Your Family Don’t Write a Blank Check to the Nursing Home. (2012) - 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

  • Elder Care Guide - 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.

  • About Michelle Beneski

    Admitted: 2003, Massachusetts

    Professional Webpage: http://the-sb-lawfirm.com/about/our-team/michelle-d-beneski-...

    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.

    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.

    Scholarly Lectures and 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


    • 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


    • 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

    Educational Background:

    • L.L.M. in Taxation from the University of Florida College of Law, 2001

    Industry Groups

    • Bristol County Bar Association
    • Bristol County Estate Planning Council
    • Coastline Elderly Services President Board Of Directors
    • Leading Lawyers Of Estate Planning`
    • National Acadmey Of Elder Law Attorneys
    • Wealth Counsel
    Office Location for Michelle D. Beneski

    35 Arnold Street
    New Bedford, MA 02740


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    Last Updated: 3/13/2018

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