About Attorney Denise Tessier
Denise Tessier has been a lawyer for over 25 years, admitted in Massachusetts and Connecticut. For many years, Denise served diligently as in-house counsel for large multinationals, international and start-up operations, rising to General Counsel and Compliance Officer roles. She has extensive expertise in highly complex areas such as global insurance and corporate law, regulatory compliance, and dispute resolution. Now home in Lake Wales, Florida, she has enthusiastically transitioned her practice to passionately educate and serve her new community on how to protect their children, their families, their legacy and wealth. Her continuous goal is to achieve peace of mind for her clients, whether handling elder concerns, crafting solid estate plans or helping businesses establish strong foundations.
Denise is graduate of Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island, and Western New England University in Springfield, Massachusetts. She is an active member of many legal and community organizations in addition to the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys, including the:
- Estate Planning and Real Property Chapter of the Florida Bar Association
- National Academy of Elder Law Lawyers (NAELA), and Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys (AFELA)
- American Bar Association, Real Estate, Trust & Estates Section
- Polk County Estate Planning Attorney Bar Association
- Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL) and American Business Women’s Association (ABWA)
- (Lakeland Chapter) Denise has a particularly strong desire to enable and promote other women-owned businesses, and is a LGBTQ community ally
On a more personal note, Denise is happily married to former British citizen, and enjoys international travel. She is an amateur painter and supports a wide range of museums, concerts, visual and performing arts. She enjoys pickleball, yoga, golf, and Brittany Spaniels, and volunteers as a Child Guardian Ad Litem for children in the foster care system.
About the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys
The Academy is a national organization dedicated to promoting excellence in estate planning by providing its exclusive membership of attorneys with up-to-date research on estate and tax planning, educational materials, and other important resources to empower them to provide superior estate planning services. The Academy expects members to have at least 36 hours of legal education each year specifically in estate, tax, probate and/or elder law subjects. To ensure this goal is met, the Academy provides over 40 hours of continuing legal education each year. Since 1993, the Academy has also been a highly-regarded and sought-after resource for attorneys and consumers alike, and has been recognized by Consumer Reports, Suze Orman in her book, 9 Steps to FinancialFreedom and numerous times by Money Magazine.