Robert L. Surprenant, Esq., of Counsel is the founder of Surprenant & Beneski, P.C. (formerly The Medicaid & Estate Planning Strategies Law Firm, P.C.) in New Bedford, Massachusetts.
He is a graduate of Northeastern University (B.A. in Business Administration) and Boston College Law School (J.D.). Mr. Surprenant is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts and is a frequent lecturer on elder law topics. He is co-author of The Southeastern Massachusetts Nursing Home Guide and produces Elder Law Today, a monthly publication on elder law issues. Mr. Surprenant is currently Of Counsel to the firm. He and his wife, Diane, live in New Bedford, Massachusetts and are the parents of six children and the grandparents of sixteen.
In addition to deciding who gets what when you die, you have key roles to fill that deserve thoughtful deliberation as part of the estate-planning process, experts say. In addition to choosing an executor — the person who ensures your wishes are carried out and that your estate is settled — it’s wise to name […]
Failing to complete your estate plan may not be among the top 5 lifetime regrets but it can certainly have the same impact. Estate Planning is one of these tasks that often fall under “discretionary spending,” and because it has the stigma of having to contemplate your own death, it often drops to the bottom […]
The strong emotions that come with a love one’s passing are often followed by bewilderment when survivors realize all of the financial and legal steps they must take to settle their affairs. The spouse who passed away may have handled all of the couple’s finances, leaving the other uninformed and overwhelmed. Or perhaps a caregiver […]