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I am a partner in the lawfirm of Surprenant & Beneski.  Our firm was founded by my father, Bob Surprenant, and my partner is my sister, Michelle Beneski.  We focus in protecting client assets in the areas of Estate, Tax, Medicaid and Special Needs Planning.  I take great pride in working with families and individuals in protecting their hard-earned life savings and treating each client with dignity and respect through the process.  We also focus on maintaining an ongoing relationship, so that your plan continues to work for you. 


Practice areas


  1. Elder Law: 60%
    9 years, 400 cases
  2. Estate Planning: 40%
    9 years, 300 cases

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  • William John Smyth

    I endorse this lawyer. Dan is a competent and professional Elderlaw and Estate Planning attorney who cares about his clients and strives to design and implement the best planning available.


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    Relationship: Worked together on matter

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Contact info

Surprenant & Beneski, P.C.

35 Arnold Street
New Bedford, MA, 02740-5013

336 South Street
Hyannis, MA, 02601-5404

1265 Belmont Street, Suite 2
Brockton, MA, 02301



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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Recognition of Leadership to Bar and Public as PresidentBristol County Bar Association2010
First Justices Award for Pro Bono Publico ExcellenceCounties of Bristol, Barnstable and Plymouth2009
Small Business of the YearNew Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerSurprenant & Beneski, PC2006 - Present
AssociateKeches & Mallen, PC2004 - 2006
AssociateRindler Morgan, PC2002 - 2004
Assistant District AttorneyBristol County District Attorney's Office1997 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
Mass Chapter, National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysPrograms Committee2011 - Present
Massachusetts Bar AssociationBoard of Delegates2009 - 2010
Bristol County Bar AssociationPresident2009 - 2010
Bishop Stang High School President's Advisory BoardBoard Member2007 - Present
Academy of Special Needs PlannersN/AN/A
Community Care Resource GroupN/AN/A
Southcoast Senior Resource AssociationVice PresidentN/A
New Bedford Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Wealth CounselN/AN/A
Massachusetts Forum of Estate PlannersBoard of DirectorsN/A
The Alzheimer's AssociationN/AN/A
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysN/AN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Newsletter for ProfessionalsElder Law Advocate2011
Lorman Education Services publicationMedicaid and Elder Law: Representing Clients in a New Legal Landscape2008
GuideElder Care Guide to Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and Surrounding AreasN/A
GuideConsumer's Guide to Long Term Care PlanningN/A
GuideNuts and Bolts Guide to Veteran's Benefits PlanningN/A
GuideConsumer's Guide to HospiceN/A
GuideLegal Survival Guide for Alzheimer's Patients and Their Loves OnesN/A
Monthly NewsletterElder Law TodayN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Suffolk University Law SchoolN/AJuris Doctor1996
University of Massachusetts at AmherstEconomicsBA1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
CPA Breakfast SeriesEstate Tax and Medicaid Planning for CPAs2011
Annual Statewide Conference for CaregiversServicing Clients in Elder Law and Special Needs Planning2010
Veteran's Benefits PlanningVeteran's Aid and Attendance Planning2009
Medicaid and Elder Law: Representing Clients in a New Legal LandscapePlanning Opportunities: Irrevocable Transfers and Exempt Transfers2008
Estate Planning 101Long Term Care, Estate Tax, Special Needs and Veteran's PlanningN/A