Partner Biography

Susan Benoit is a partner with Hutchens Law firm practicing in the area of real estate. But Susan’s real story is the added value of 20 years’ experience working in all aspects of real estate transaction processing, title examination, and mortgage origination before arriving at the firm. Susan started her real estate journey in a busy real estate law office as a receptionist and quickly moved into the closing world as a transaction processor. Susan worked on refinances, purchases and constructions loans. To make sure she understood all aspects of her client’s needs Susan moved from processing to title examination within the firm. Later Susan transferred to another office where she managed all aspects of the Real Estate practice under the supervision of the managing partner of the firm. 

Being a military spouse Susan followed her husband out of state where she found employment at a mortgage originating office. There she learned all about originating mortgage loans, from processing, underwriting and then preparing loans for purchase by larger lenders. When the military brought Susan and her family back to Fayetteville, Susan went to work for a title agency where as a licensed title insurance underwriter she learned the title insurance implications of real property transactions. Feeling she had a solid understanding of real estate transactions Susan decided she was ready for law school and since passing the bar, Susan has put all of her work experience and practical skills to work growing the firms’ real estate transaction process. 

“My path to the firm is unique – and my added perspective gives my clients a unique advantage that I’m proud to offer.” – Susan Benoit

Professional Profile


  • Undergraduate degree from Campbell University
  • Juris Doctor from Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law


North Carolina State Bar, 2004



Cumberland County Bar Association

    • Member, panelist speaker

North Carolina Bar Association

    • Real Property Section

Fayetteville Technical Community College, Paralegal Technology

    • Advisory Committee

Cumberland County Paralegal Associations

    • Served as secretary, treasurer, vice-president and president

Seminar speaker Unites States Financial Network

    • Panelist speaker

Mortgage Bankers Association of Fayetteville

    • Board of Directors

Walk to End Alzheimer’s Association

    • Fayetteville Sponsorship Co-chair

Susan participates in community outreach through the Mortgage Bankers Association – supporting the Cumberland Interfaith Hospitality Network, Second Harvest Food Bank and the Blood Donation Center, among others.


BV rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Awarded the Past President’s Award by the Mortgage Banker’s Association of Fayetteville


“Our firm uses The Hutchens Law Firm, P.A. for residential closings and litigation work. Their staff is extremely professional and always responds in a timely manner.”

-       Chris Manning, Owner of Manning Realty

“Coldwell Banker Advantage values the relationship that we have with Attorney Susan Benoit and The Hutchens Law Firm, P.A. Susan and her firm are always prepared and accessible.  Our agents, buyers and sellers appreciate the attention to detail that is provided from an initial contact to closing. Our clients count on us and we count on The Hutchens Law Firm, P.A.”

-       Alan Tucker, Vice President Coldwell Banker Advantage

“Attorney Susan Benoit and her team at  Hutchens Law Firm go beyond the call of duty to ensure that our closings are timely and accurate.  They deal with our clients in a VERY professional manner and treat them as they would want to be treated.  On behalf of our clients, thanks for a job well done!!” 

-       Gary Cooper, Carolina Mortgage

“I have been using Susan Benoit and the The Hutchens Law Firm to close my real estate transaction for 3 years.  The transactions are always handled in a timely manner.  Her staff is extremely courteous and efficient, and they always go the extra mile to make sure everything goes smoothly.  I would highly recommend Ms. Benoit and her firm if you are need of a good real estate attorney.”

-       Suzanne Pennink, Owner/Broker Coldwell Banker Advantage

“Susan is an excellent lawyer who zealously represents her clients in the area of transactional real estate. I have found her competent and highly qualified in her area of practice and would not hesitate to use her as my real estate lawyer.”

-       Private Practice Attorney

“She is a great attorney to work with--easy to get along with and very knowledgeable in her field.”

-       Private Practice Attorney

“Susan is hard working and detail oriented. She is a pleasure to interact with and always maintains the highest level of integrity and professionalism. I often refer real estate matters to her and trust her judgment.”

-       Private Practice Attorney

“The cases and clients mentioned on this site are illustrative of the matters handled by the firm. Case results depend upon a variety of factors unique to each case. Not all results are provided. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.”

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