Vero Beach, FL 772-231-4440

Melbourne, FL 321-984-2700

Coral Gables, FL 305-443-5020

Brooke M. Benzio

Partner

Brooke M. Benzio joined the Firm in 2013 and concentrates in the areas of Estate Planning and Wealth Preservation. Central to Brooke’s practice are the following client-centered philosophies: Estate Planning must be holistic, and in order to be effective, estate plans must be endurable, customized, and responsive to the wide spectrum of circumstances people experience over the course of their lifetimes. As a result, Brooke specializes in assisting individuals and families with complicated legal matters and in handling stressful and sensitive situations with grace and sincerity, including but not limited to: addressing transfer tax concerns, providing security for individuals with special needs, and planning for long-term care expenses.

Brooke received her undergraduate degree from Florida State University, and her law degree from Loyola University Chicago, where she obtained certification in Loyola’s nationally-ranked Health Law program. Over the course of her career, Brooke has practiced exclusively in the areas of Estate Planning, Wealth Preservation, and Elder Law, and while working full-time at the Firm, Brooke obtained her Master of Laws degree in Estate Planning from The John Marshall Law School (now University of Illinois Chicago School of Law). Brooke is an active contributor to local publications, writing on numerous topics related to Trusts and Estates and Elder Law, and a regular speaker at educational conferences state-wide. In 2018, Brooke’s article discussing the rise of electronic Wills was cited in the Harvard Law Review.

Born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, Brooke was raised in the suburbs of Chicago before her family relocated to Florida in 2000. She is the oldest of four children, and part of an extremely close family with numerous ties to Vero Beach and the Treasure Coast. She is actively involved in charitable endeavors in Indian River and Brevard Counties, and especially enjoys giving her time to organizations devoted to helping animals, protecting the environment, and improving the lives of individuals with special needs.

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 2011

Awards and Honors

  • Pro Bono Publico Award, Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc., 2013

Professional Associations

  • The Florida Bar, Member (Elder Law Section and Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section)
  • Indian River County Bar Association
  • Brevard County Bar Association

Education

  • Florida State University, B.S., 2005
  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., with a Certificate in Health Law from the Beazley Institute for Health Law & Policy, 2008
  • The John Marshall Law School (now University of Illinois Chicago School of Law), Chicago, IL, Estate Planning LL.M. with honors, 2019

Publications

  • Advance Health Care Directives: Problems and Solutions for the Elder Law and Estate Planning Practitioner, St. Thomas Law Review, 2013
  • Fee for Disservice, Medicare Fraud in the Home Healthcare Industry, Loyola Chicago University of Law Annals of Health Law, 2010
  • Fee for Disservice: Medicare Fraud in the Home Healthcare Industry, Loyola University Chicago School of Law Annals of Health Law, 2010

Community Involvement

  • Indian River Community Foundation Future Leaders Professional Advisory Council, 2014-2015
  • Senior Resource Association, 2014
  • Treasure Coast Hospice Planned Giving Task Force, Member 2013-2014
  • Indian River Estate Planning Council, Board Member 2018-2019
  • Scott Center for Autism Treatment, Evening of Hope Fundraising Committee 2018-2019
  • 18th Judicial Circuit High School Mock Trial Competition Attorney Coach, Viera High School, 2019

Bridging a Tradition of Excellence

Brooke M. Benzio joined the Firm in 2014 and practices primarily in the areas of Estate Planning and Asset Protection, concentrating on assisting individuals and families with especially difficult planning situations, such as providing security for individuals with special needs. Ms. Benzio specializes in tailoring plans to fit clients’ individual concerns, helping clients navigate complicated tax and legal issues, and handling sensitive topics with grace and sincerity.

Ms. Benzio is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago’s nationally-ranked Health Law Certification program, and utilizes her Health Law knowledge extensively on Elder Law matters and in collaboration with the Mental Health and Guardianship Department. Ms. Benzio received a Master of Laws in estate planning with honors from The John Marshall Law School signifying her high degree of competency in trust and estate matters.  Ms. Benzio is an active contributor to local publications, writing on numerous topics related to Estate Planning and Elder Law, and a regular speaker at educational conferences state-wide. In 2018, her article discussing the rise of Electronic Wills was cited in the Harvard Law Review.

Born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, Ms. Benzio was raised in the suburbs of Chicago before her family relocated to Florida in 2000. She is the oldest of four children, and part of an extremely close family with numerous ties to Vero Beach and the Treasure Coast. She is actively involved in charitable endeavors in Indian River and Brevard Counties, and especially enjoys giving her time to organizations devoted to helping animals, protecting the environment, and improving the lives of individuals with autism and related disorders.

Focus of Practice:

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 2011

Education

  • Florida State University, B.S., 2005
  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., with a Certificate in Health Law from the Beazley Institute for Health Law & Policy, 2008
  • The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, IL, Estate Planning LL.M with honors, 2019

Professional Associations

  • The Florida Bar, Member (Elder Law Section and Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section)
  • Indian River County Bar Association
  • Brevard County Bar Association

Awards and Honors

  • Pro Bono Publico Award, Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc., 2013

Publications

  • Advance Health Care Directives: Problems and Solutions for the Elder Law and Estate Planning Practitioner, St. Thomas Law Review, 2013
  • Fee for Disservice, Medicare Fraud in the Home Healthcare Industry, Loyola Chicago University of Law Annals of Health Law, 2010

Community Involvement

  • Indian River Community Foundation Future Leaders Professional Advisory Council, 2014-2015
  • Senior Resource Association, 2014
  • Treasure Coast Hospice Planned Giving Task Force, Member 2013-2014
  • Indian River Estate Planning Council, Board Member 2018-2019
  • Scott Center for Autism Treatment, Evening of Hope Fundraising Committee 2018-2019