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

About Erin L. Nunes, Esq.

Erin L. Nunes, Esq., an attorney at Surprenant & Beneski, P.C., has recently been named, for the fourth consecutive year, to the 2020 Massachusetts Super Lawyer Rising Star list. This is an honor awarded to no more than 2.5 percent of the attorneys in each state.

Erin demonstrates her personal commitment to the aging population and their loved ones on a daily basis. She has a well-earned reputation for helping older clients protect their assets from being depleted by long-term care, manage the complexities of affording care, handle tax issues as they arise, and ensure that their children and grandchildren will receive their inheritances as intended.

Nowhere is Erin’s compassion more visible than in the way she prepares our senior clients for Medicaid eligibility. Because Medicaid is a means-tested program, there is a complex process that needs to be followed to achieve eligibility. This is where Erin’s in-depth knowledge of the Medicaid/MassHealth system is invaluable. She will help families navigate the process, ensuring that the person needing Medicaid to off-set the expense of their care becomes eligible while maintaining the lifestyle of the pouse remaining at home. Additionally, she will help to protect and preserve assets for future generations. With her adept navigation of the Medicaid/MassHealth system, Erin and team will guide you and your loved ones through the process.

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
Pivotal Life Moments are Key to Reviewing Your Estate Plan

Written by Attorney Erin L. Nunes, Esq., Partner Estate planning needs often arise around pivotal life moments. Marriage, the birth of a child, divorce and death of a loved one tend to bring about a need for making new plans or updating a plan that was previously in place.  Here are the key elements to […]

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How Expertise in Elder Law Benefits your Estate Plan  

Written by Attorney Daniel M. Surprenant, Esq., CELA Within the larger subject of estate planning is the concept of elder law. Essentially, elder law is estate planning that deals with issues more common amongst the senior population. Because they regularly address these issues, elder law attorneys are not only proficient with the challenges, characteristics, and […]

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Exempt Assets and Countable Assets: What Can you Keep and What is at Risk?

To qualify for Medicaid, applicants must pass fairly strict tests on the amount of assets they can keep. To understand how Medicaid works, we first need to review what are known as exempt (non-countable) and non-exempt (countable) assets. Exempt assets are those which Medicaid will not take into account when a person applies for Medicaid […]

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