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Southern New England's Certified Elder Law Attorney

Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts Certified Elder Law Attorney

Attorney Profile - RJ Connelly III, CELA


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 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 by independent professional certifying organizations have recognized specialists as having an enhanced level of skill and 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

Community Service

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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

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Attorney Connelly presents to a local senior health association.

Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut Certified Elder Law Attorney

Rhode Island Fiduciary

"Southern New England's Certified Elder Law Attorney"

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Rhode Island Elder Law Attorney

Phone:  401-724-9400

Fax:  401-724-3046

Our office locations


Broadway Street

Mystic, CT  06355


Rhode Island - Main Office

372 Broadway

Pawtucket, RI  02860



Martha's Vineyard

East Chop, MA  02557


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