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Earning a 5.0 rating on a scale of 5.0 Per Martindale-Hubbell

PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND, March 3, 2016– Attorney Matthew J. Leonard, Counsel with the law firm Salter McGowan Sylvia & Leonard, Inc. and owner and operator of the website is pleased to announce that he has achieved a peer review rating of 5.0 on a scale of 5.0 and has been endorsed for Ethical Standing, as reported by Martindale-Hubbell, an independent attorney evaluating company.

Martindale-Hubbell Peer ReviewMr. Leonard earned ratings of 5.0 on a scale of 5.0 in all measured categories which included: Legal Knowledge, Analytical Capabilities, Judgment, Communication Ability and Legal Experience. The Areas of Practice that the criteria applied to included Estate Planning.

“I have been practicing law since 2000 and have always admired and respected my peers and colleagues who earned the distinction of a 5.0 rating, I have found that these ratings are an accurate reflection of the skill and experience of the attorneys who have earned them, I am honored to have earned the respect from my peers to be among their company.” – Matthew J. Leonard, Esq.

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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; Business Formations and Transactions and Related Litigation. He is a member of the Rhode Island and Massachusetts bar associations, and The Florida Bar. Mr. Leonard is a frequent author and lecturer on topics such as: “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,” “Top Elder Care Strategies,” and “Elder Law Home Care and Caregiver Agreements” and “Trusts 101”. He is a former member of the Town of Smithfield Planning Board and the past president of the Providence area Providence College Alumni Association.  Mr. Leonard is the recipient of the Women’s Resource Center of Rhode Island “Men Who Make A Difference Award” and the Providence College Alumni Association Mal Brown Award.  He is a principal owner of Murphy & Fay Title and Escrow, LLC. Mr. Leonard earned his B.S. degree from Providence College and his J.D. degree from Roger Williams University School of Law.

Mr. Leonard’s Lawyer Profile can be found on Martindale-Hubbell at the following website:

About Martindale Hubbell on their website: Our 140-year-plus history began in 1868, when lawyer and businessman James B. Martindale first published The Martindale Directory. Its stated purpose was “to furnish to lawyers, bankers, wholesale merchants, manufacturers, real estate agents, and all others…the address of one reliable law firm, one reliable bank, and one reliable real estate office in every city in the United States…”

By 1896, The Martindale Directory included the basic information that still appears in our lawyer and law firm Profiles, as well as ratings and a section on foreign lawyers and firms.

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