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Elder Law Attorney for Rhode Island, Eastern Connecticut and Southeastern Massachusetts

Attorney Profile - RJ Connelly III, CELA

Rhode Island Elder Law Attorney

Attorney Connelly practices in the area of elder law. This area of law involves Medicaid planning and asset protection advice for those individuals entering nursing homes, planning for the possibility of disability through the use of powers of attorney for the both health care and finances, guardianship, estate planning, probate and estate administration, preparation of wills, living trusts and special or supplemental needs trusts.


Attorney Connelly practices heavily in both contested and uncontested probate court matters and provides a wide range of fiduciary services to his clients in acting as trustee, attorney-in-fact, and representative payee or other court appointments.  

He represents clients primarily in the states of Rhode Island, Connecticut and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He was certified as an Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF) in 2008. He was only the third attorney in Rhode Island certified as CELA and is the only practicing CELA in Providence County. Lawyers who are certified as specialists have been recognized by independent professional certifying organizations as having an enhanced level of skill, as well as substantial involvement in established legal specialty areas. Certifying organizations require lawyers to demonstrate special training, experience and knowledge to ensure that recognition as a certified specialist is meaningful and reliable.

Professional Affiliations

Bar Admissions

  • Rhode Island Bar Association, 1996

  • Massachusetts Bar Association, 1997

  • Connecticut Bar Association, 1997

  • Federal Bar Association

  • United States District Court of Rhode Island, 1997

  • United States District Court of Massachusetts, 1999

  • United States District Court of Connecticut, 1999

Legal Affiliations

  • National Elder Law Foundation - NELF

  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

  • Elder Law Answers

  • Rhode Island Bar Association

  • Connecticut Bar Association

  • Massachusetts Bar Association

  • Federal Bar Association

Other Affiliations

  • Rhode Island, Massachusetts Licensed Real Estate Broker 

  • Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant U.S. Army Reserves (ret)

  • Member, National Council on Aging

  • Member, American Association of Retired Persons

  • Member, Alliance for Better Long Term Care

  • Member, Rhode Island Assisted Living Association

  • Member, Rhode Island Health Care Association

  • Member, Association of Daily Money Managers

  • Board Member, John Clarke Retirement Community

  • Chairman, Stonington Council on Aging

  • St. Patrick's Church, Mystic, CT


  • St. Raphael Academy, 1986

  • Providence College, B.A., 1991

  • Suffolk Law School, 1994

  • Quinnipiac Law School, J.D., 1995


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2017 Estate Planning Award

Lawyers of Distinction Journal

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2017 Who's Who Award

Top Attorneys of North America

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2016 10 Best Estate Planning Attorneys

American Institute of Legal Counsel

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2016 Elder Lawyer of the Year

Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards

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Hero Award

Alliance for Better Long Term Care

Community Service

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Attorney Connelly presents to a local senior health association.

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Presenting on Elder Exploitation at the Scandanavian Home

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Seniors gather to hear talk during Elder Abuse Awareness Day

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Attorney Connelly discusses elder law at John Clarke Center