Skip to main content

About me


I am a partner at the family owned and operated law firm Surprenant & Beneski, P.C. with locations in New Bedford and Hyannis Massachusetts.  I love helping families solve complex problems.  Whether it is estate planning for a young coupleor 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 16 to 7.  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, scouts, etc.  I have been a girl scout leader for the past 9 years.  I am on the Board of the New Bedford Symphony.  I love to travel, especially with my family so that we can enjoy new places together.  In the past several years we have gone to Denver, Colorado, San Diego California, Cape Cod and Florida.  I love good wine, tea, Chesuncook Maine, warm weather, and a good book.

More 

Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Elder Law: 50%
    13 years
  2. Estate Planning: 25%
    26 years
  3. Tax: 25%
    26 years

Payment

Fees:

Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

6 total 

Are you an attorney? Endorse this lawyer

  • Jackie Wilbur Bedard

    Michelle is not only a skilled professional but one that cares deeply about the services that she provides to her clients. I recommend Michelle without hesitation.

    More 

    Jackie Bedard Estate planning Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Susana Lannik

    I endorse this lawyer. Michelle is a wonderful elder law attorney! She is a colleague whose area is in New Bedford. If I ever have an inquiry from that area, I would be thrilled to refer that person to Michelle. She is extremely bright, great with numbers, and very very generous with her colleagues. An added bonus... I enjoy her company.

    More 

    Susana Lannik Estate planning Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

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, 02601

More 

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
MAActive200306/26/2016
CTAdministrative Suspension199107/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Accredited to Represent VeteransDepartment of Veteran's Affairs2009
Certificate of Graduation, Recognition of Outstanding AchievmentVeteran's Benefit Institute2009
Certificate of Appreciation of PresentationNational Academy of Elder Law Attorneys2009
First Justices Award for Pro Bono Publico ExcellenceBristol County Probate Court2009
Certified Elder Law AttorneyNational Elder Law Foundation2007
Small Business of the YearGreater New Bedford Chamber of Commerce2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerSurprenant & Beneski, P.C.2003 - Present
ManagerPricewaterhouse Coopers1998 - 2002
Senior ManagerKPMG Peat Marwick1997 - 2000
Tax AttorneyConnecticut Business and Industry Association1992 - 1997
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Coastline Elderly ServicesBoard of Directors2011 - Present
Wealth Counsel LLCMember2005 - Present
Bristol County Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Massachusetts Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMember2003 - Present
Alzheimer's AssociationMember2003 - Present
S.E. Massachusetts Alzheimer's PartnershipFormer Chair, Member2003 - Present
Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
Newsletter for ProfessionalsThe Elder Law Advocate2011
Self PublishedElder Care Guide for SE Mass, Cape Cod and Surrounding Areas2010
Self PublishedThe Consumer's Guide to Medicaid Planning2010
Self PublishedThe Nuts and Bolts Guide to Veteran's Aid & Attendance Benefits2010
Self PublishedThe Alzheimer's Legal Survival Guide2010
Self PublishedThe Family Wealth Report2010
Representing Clients in a New Legal LandscapePlanning for a Single Person in Crisis Mode2008
Consumer CD on IRA Inheritance TrustsIRA Inheritance Trusts2007
Monthly NewsletterElder Law TodayN/A
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawTaxLL.M - Master of Laws1991
Pepperdine University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
Fitchburg State CollegeAccountingBS - Bachelor of Science1987
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
CPA Breakfast SeriesEstate, Tax and Medicaid Planning for CPAs2011
How to Get Your Ducks in a RowEstate Planning, Tax, Medicaid2010
Veterans Benefits PlanningVA Aid and Attendance Benefits2009
Medicaid and Elder Law: Representing Clients in a New Legal LandscapePlanning for Single Person in Crisis Mode and Protecting the Home2008