Erin L. Nunes

  • University of Massachusetts School of Law – Dartmouth, Juris Doctorate, Magna Cum Laude


  • Erin joined the firm in 2005, working for more than 10 years as a case manager prior to becoming an attorney.
  • Attorney Nunes is the team leader for Surprenant & Beneski’s Medicaid Planning team.

Community Education & Support

  • Lecturer on elder law issues, estate, trust and special needs planning
  • Authors articles for Elder Law Today, Blog on, Guide to Retirement & Beyond

Memberships / Recognition

  • Member National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Wealth Counsel, Massachusetts Forum of Estate Planning Attorneys
  • Serves on the Human Rights Committee of Comprehensive Health Systems, Dartmouth
  • Named to Thompson Reuters / Boston Magazine’s Super Lawyer® list as Rising Star: 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Recognized on Top Women Lawyers list by Thomas Reuters / Boston Magazine: 2018, 2019
  • Firm recognized with Hope Award from Southcoast Healthcare VNA, 2018

Erin L. Nunes
About Erin L. Nunes, Esq.

Erin L. Nunes, Esq., a Partner at Surprenant & Beneski, P.C., epitomizes dedication and leadership in the realm of estate planning and elder law. Since joining the practice in 2005, Erin has been an integral part of the firm’s evolution, contributing her skills in every organizational role, from case manager to her current position as a leading attorney. Her journey through the ranks before becoming an attorney has endowed her with a unique perspective on client care and firm operations. She leads the onboarding and development of junior attorneys and members of the legal support team. 

As the practice area manager of the firm’s Medicaid Planning team, Erin guides families through the complexities of Medicaid/MassHealth eligibility with sensitivity and proficiency. She has a deep commitment to the aging community and is known for her compassionate approach to helping older clients and their families navigate the financial and legal challenges associated with long-term care. Erin has successfully guided hundreds of clients to MassHealth eligibility over the last two decades. Not only does her work protect assets from long-term care costs, it also ensures seamless transfer of inheritance to the next generation.

Erin’s commitment to her professional partnerships underscore her collaborative approach to client service.  Recognizing the importance of a comprehensive plan, she ensures that her legal guidance aligns with the advice clients receive from financial advisors, tax planners, and healthcare professionals, thereby avoiding potential conflicts and ensuring a cohesive strategy.

In addition, Erin is committed to educating the community about issues facing older adults and she frequently lectures and writes articles on the topics of elder law and estate, trust, and special needs planning. 

Erin’s excellence in the field of elder law and estate planning has not gone unnoticed. For seven consecutive years, she has been named to the SuperLawyer Rising Star list, a testament to her professional achievements and her peers’ recognition of her skills and contributions to the legal community.

Erin L. Nunes
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What is something your client’s have to deal with that you want to fix?

Uncertainty. While none of us has a crystal ball, I look forward to helping clients prepare and plan for as many of life’s uncertainties as possible.

What are your personal values that drive you?

Love for my family and wanting to provide them with the best life I can. A desire to educate/help others so that they know what risks and challenges they may face and how to plan for them. I’m driven by my desire to lead and guide…my family, my clients, and my team.

If you had a theme song, what would it be?

“Eye of the Tiger…I don’t know why, but every time I hear this song I am inspired to be the best version of myself possible!”

What do you want our clients to know about you?

Husband, Anthony, son, and twin daughters. Come from a big family with many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

What’s your favorite local spot?

I love pizza from MaRaffa’s, and Metro Pizza for a quick and delicious salad. Apponagansett Beach/Playground for family fun.

Client Testimonials
Latest Articles
Worried About Losing Both Your Spouse and Their Income When They Need Long-Term Care? MassHealth Has Options!

By Attorney Erin L. Nunes, Partner Your husband needs long-term care, and MassHealth can help pay the bills. But the thought of losing his income while still needing to support […]

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How Do I Apply for MassHealth Long-Term Care Services?

At Surprenant & Beneski, P.C., our estate planning law practice has extensive experience assisting clients throughout Southeastern Massachusetts with their long-term care planning needs. We understand the complexities of applying […]

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Financial Planning for Parents’ Assisted Living

As our parents age, planning for their comfort and care becomes a priority. At Surprenant & Beneski, P.C., part of our mission is to ensure that seniors are protected and […]

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