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Ariana Botelho - Legal Assistant
Ariana is a legal assistant at Connelly Law Offices who originally came to our firm as an intern from the Law and Public Safety Academy at Tolman High School in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. That program is associated with Roger Williams University in an articulation agreement with them. In her intern role, she sought to learn as much as she could about elder law, and as a result, was hired at the firm.
In her role of legal assistant, Ariana specializes in long-term care and Medicaid Planning. This part of elder law is extremely important and is much more than deciding which nursing home one would like to live in if it reaches that point. It also means determining how their needs will be provided, what these needs will look like and how it will be financially covered.
“Planning for the unknown is difficult, but not preparing for later in life presents even more challenges,” stated Ariana. “Medicaid planning is an essential step to take, so it’s extremely important to understand the process and how it could be beneficial for a client and their family. Planning for home health care or nursing home living is important, as failing to do so could prove to be costly.”
“Long-term care planning can preserve a person’s assets so they can be used for the benefit of their spouse or beneficiaries,” Ariana continued. “It also reduces or eliminates the fear of impoverishment, by utilizing existing sources of assistance and prevent any negative interactions with other planning, such as estate plans, taxation and asset preservation.”
Outside of her role as a legal assistant at Connelly Law, Ariana is a full-time student studying psychology. “My role at Connelly Law and my long-term goal of becoming a licensed clinician are really interrelated. Both roles have a goal of helping individuals decrease suffering and while improving their quality of life,” said Ariana.
“Here at Connelly Law, I celebrate those moments where I see hope in the eyes of a client as we help them navigate the complex Medicaid requirements. I find it to be a singular honor and privilege to play a part in giving a senior or their family members some peace of mind when they need it most.”