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Matthew J. Leonard, Esq., is of counsel at the Providence law firm of Salter McGowan Sylvia & Leonard, Inc., where he practices in the areas of estate planning and asset protection planning, Medicaid Planning, elder law, real estate, probate administration, and related litigation.  He is a member of the Rhode Island and Massachusetts bar associations, and the Florida Bar.  Mr. Leonard has lectured on “Demystifying Asset Protection Vehicles”, “The Probate Process from A to Z,” “Drafting the Essential Components of a Living Trust,” “Buying or Selling a Business in Rhode Island,” “Drafting Effective Wills and Trusts,” “Resolving Estate Will and Trust Contests,” “Protecting Assets While Qualifying For Medicaid”; and “Top Elder Care Strategies”.  He is a former member of the Town of Smithfield Planning Board.  Mr. Leonard is the past president of the Providence College Alumni Association, Greater Providence Area Club – the “Mal Brown Club” and a principal owner of Murphy & Fay Title and Escrow, LLC that offers closing and settlement services in all 50 states.  Mr. Leonard earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Providence College and his Juris Doctor degree from Roger Williams University School of Law.


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  1. Real Estate: 25%
  2. Estate Planning: 25%
  3. Business: 20%
  4. Probate: 20%
  5. Lawsuits & Disputes: 10%


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321 S Main St Ste 301
Providence, RI, 029037109

321 South Main Street
Suite 301
Providence, RI, 02903



FLMember in Good Standing200201/11/2016
RIAuthorized to practice law200009/26/2008
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Mal Brown AwardProvidence College Alumni Association2014
Men Who Make A DifferenceWoman's Resource Center2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalMurphy & Fay Title and Escrow, LLC2006 - Present
Of CounselSalter McGowan Sylvia & Leonard, Inc.2000 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Providence College Alumni AssociationPresident2003 - 2012
Town of Smithfield, Rhode IslandPlanning Board Member2000 - 2003
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Machado v. Holy Ghost BrotherhoodPlaintiff prevailed
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Publication nameTitleDate
National Business Institute SeminarTRUSTS 1012016
Protecting Assets While Qualifying For MedicaidProtecting Assets While Qualifying for Medicaid2015
National Business Institute SeminarTop Elder Care Strategies2014
National Business Institute SeminarResolving Estate Will and Trust Contests2013
National Business Institute SeminarProtecting Assets While Qualifying For Medicaid2013
National Business Institute SeminarDrafting Effective Wills and Trusts2011
Rhode Island Bar AssociationBuying or Selling A Business in Rhode Island2010
National Business Institute SeminarThe Probate Process from A to Z2009
National Business Institute SeminarDrafting the Essential Components of a Living Trust2009
National Business Institute SeminarDemystifying Asset Protection Vehicles2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Roger Williams University, Ralph R. Papitto School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
Providence CollegeMarketingBS - Bachelor of Science1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Trusts 101Trusts 1012016
Medicaid PlanningMedicaid Planning2016
Special Needs TrustsSpecial Needs Trusts2015
Saving the Family HomeProtecting The Home2015
Protecting Assets While Qualifying For MedicaidProtecting Assets While Qualifying For Medicaid2015
Elder Law Home Care AgreementsElder Law Home Care Agreements2015
Elder Care MattersSeniors Real Estate Seminar2014