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Rhode Island Elder Law Attorney

Phone:  401-724-9400

Fax:  401-724-3046

Our office locations


47 Water St., Suite 101

Mystic, CT  06355


This website includes general information about legal issues, issues affecting seniors and developments in the law. Such materials are for informational purposes only and may not reflect the most current legal developments. These informational materials are not intended, and must not be taken, as legal advice on any particular set of facts or circumstances. You need to contact a lawyer licensed in your jurisdiction for advice on specific legal issues and/or problems.

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Safe Harbor Services

Connelly Law Offices

Charting a Course for the Journey of Dementia

A Safe Harbor

"Any port in a storm" is a saying that has nautical connotations, meaning that in an emergency situation, any solution will do, even one that is normally unacceptable.  Yes, a diagnosis of dementia is an emergency situation, but there are acceptable solutions, there are safe harbors in which to seek refuge.

Connelly Law Offices, Ltd. is committed to providing our clients with a safe harbor, making the process of planning for the future of those diagnosed with dementia, as well as their families, as pain-free as possible.


Our law firm holds the philosophy that dedicated customer service and individual attention can actually make this frightening and difficult process empowering.

You or a loved one has just been diagnosed with dementia.  You feel numb, scared, confused or even denying that such a thing could happen to you or someone you love.  It feels like everything around you has stopped, your emotions are overwhelmed and it just can't be real.

What's next?  Who do you turn to?  How should you feel?  And what do you say to others?

Here's the reality, there really is no right or wrong way to feel.  It will take time to accept the diagnosis.  This will probably include talks with loved ones, friends and healthcare professionals. 

Eventually you will begin to accept the diagnosis.  Then you educate yourself on dementia and learn how to move forward.

You understand that dementia is not a normal part of aging and it affects everyone differently.  You may have problems with memory, thinking, concentration and language. You may become confused or struggle to make sense of what you can see or hear. You may also experience changes in mood, emotions and behavior.  


You also learn that dementia is a progressive condition, meaning that your symptoms will get worse over time. But you also find out that there are many people who continue to live well for quite some time.

You will have your medical and other healthcare professionals who can provide you with the course of the disease and the best way to treat it.  But there are also some very important legal considerations that must become a part of planning for someone with a diagnosis of dementia.


There are some things that need to be thought about and discussed.  We will provide you with some information you will need including: 

  1. Preparing for Long Term Care Needs

  2. Preparing for Healthcare Needs

  3. Seeking benefits

  4. Making arrangements for finances and property

  5. Naming someone to carry out your wishes when you no longer can

  6. Living safely and independently as long as possible

Diagnosis Dementia

As we overcome adversity in our lives, we will become stronger.  Then we will be better able to help others, those who are working, in their turn, to find a safe harbor from the storms that rage about them.

                                             -- Joseph B. Wirthlin

At Connelly Law Offices, Ltd., we assist you in understanding the legal, financial, and social implications of dementia. Our team not only has technical knowledge about the legal and financial needs of individuals and their families but we also have personal experience with this condition.  The sooner a family seeks help from an elder law attorney, the greater the number of choices available to them for decision-making and care.  


The staff at Connelly Law Offices does not apply a cookie-cutter process for each client, instead, we look at the issues from a variety of perspectives, understanding that each individual and each family has unique needs.

We want to provide you and your family with a safe harbor.

Call us today.

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Our staff utilizes a multi-disciplinary approach with expert legal advice, professional fiduciary services and care coordination which allows us to be unwavering advocates for our clients, regardless of their living situation, diagnosis or means.

Collaborating with families at this most difficult time to ensure their loved one is receiving the best possible care in the least restrictive environment possible is what we strive for.  By doing this, we build professional and lasting relationships with our senior care community partners, allowing us to better serve our clients.

We believe that a diagnosis of dementia becomes the shared journey of seniors, families, financial and elder law professionals and practitioners, all working as a team, with trust and confidence in each other, planning for the best outcome possible.

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