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Our L.I.F.E. Group is comprised of attorneys with extensive experience in a range of practice areas including real estate, bankruptcy, personal injury, divorce/family, estate planning, elder law and wills & trusts. We design comprehensive solutions to help families manage their lives today, make plans for tomorrow and navigate the unexpected.

Accidents & Personal Injuries

Being injured in an accident in the Capital Region and upstate New York can be devastating and have long lasting consequences. Many victims suffer not only from lingering, painful physical injuries but also emotional trauma and financial distress. While accidents happen, they are often caused by the negligent or intentional actions of others. If you or a loved has been injured and another party is at fault, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Learn more.


Individuals and businesses faced with insurmountable debt have options that can enable them to eliminate or restructure these debts, obtain a fresh start and secure their financial future. The L.I.F.E. Group works closely with clients to assess their financial situations. We handle all aspects of bankruptcy law, including debtor filings under Chapters 7, 11, 12, and 13 of the Bankruptcy Code. In addition, we also represent banks and other lending institutions in commercial collection cases as well as creditors in bankruptcy matters. Learn more.

Criminal Defense

The O’Connell and Aronowitz Criminal Defense team is led by Stephen Coffey and Michael McDermott, former chief felony prosecutors in the Albany and Rensselaer County District Attorney’s Offices. Committed to assisting our clients in every step of the criminal defense process, our Criminal Defense team aggressively protects the rights of our clients as well as their reputations. With over 50 years of experience combined, our team has the reputation and relationships with prosecutors, law enforcement and judiciary to best serve our clients unique legal needs. We represent individuals for all levels of offense from misdemeanors to felonies to white collar crime. Learn more.


The Divorce/Family/Matrimonial Law practice of O’Connell & Aronowitz offers expert counsel to individuals and families. Our attorneys have handled hundreds of cases involving complex custody, visitation and support issues in many counties throughout New York State. Learn more.

Elder Law and Medicaid Planning

Because people are living longer, many are faced with challenging health issues: covering the high cost of long-term care, financial concerns and the potential for family disputes. Our experience elder law attorneys are dedicated to helping seniors find solutions to the challenges of long-term care as part of a comprehensive estate plan. Our team has extensive knowledge of Medicaid eligibility requirements and can help protect your home and your assets. We routinely prepare specialized powers of attorney, health care proxies, and other advance directives so that your wishes are carried out and your best interests are protected. Learn more.

Estate Administration

When an individual passes away, his or her estate will go through a legal proceeding referred to as probate or estate administration. This is a court-managed process in which the estate assets are managed and distributed.  Our experienced attorneys are dedicated to helping individuals navigate the estate administration process. We routinely prepare wills, trusts and other estate planning documents and represent clients in the probate courts. Our goal is to ensure that your wishes are carried out, and to help you protect your assets and provide for your loved ones. Learn more.

Lead Poisoning and Environmental Injury

Lead poisoning is the result of lead building up in the body over the course of months and even years. The consequences of lead poisoning in young children can be devastating and often results in severe mental and physical impairments. As the largest lead injury litigation group in upstate New York, our attorneys have handled more than 1,000 cases of childhood and adult lead poisoning.  Learn more.

Residential Real Estate

Buying or selling a home is often the most significant financial transaction individuals will engage in during their lifetimes. Our experienced attorneys routinely handle all phases of real estate transactions, such as reviewing and preparing purchase and sales contracts, examining title reports, drafting closing documents, and conducting and attending closings. We leverage our long-standing relationships with other real estate attorneys to engage in successful negotiations and work diligently to ensure expedient closings. Learn more.

Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning

The estate planning attorneys in the L.I.F.E. Group are dedicated to ensuring the well-being of our clients, protecting the wealth they have acquired over a lifetime, and ensuring that their wishes are carried out in the event of their death or incapacity. We provide individuals and families with sophisticated estate planning including the preparation of wills, trusts, and other essential services. We represent trusts, estates and the affected parties through the probate process and also assist clients in planning for long-term care, both for themselves and their dependents. All of our clients are provided with compassion, knowledge and a superior level of personal service. Learn more.

The L.I.F.E. Group at O’Connell and Aronowitz

The complexities of modern life present difficult challenges. The L.I.F.E. Group at O’Connell and Aronowitz is dedicated to helping families restore order when conflicts arise, and plan for their financial futures. With offices in Albany, Latham  and Saratoga Springs, we offer all of our clients in the Capital Region and Upstate New York compassion and legal acumen.  When you need superior legal representation, we provide Legal Insights For Everyday. Call our office today at (518) 462-5601 for a free evaluation.


The culture of teamwork and collaboration at O’Connell and Aronowitz helps our three office locations assist clients in a myriad of legal disciplines and harness the talents of O’Connell and Aronowitz attorneys across New York State. We offer the experience, resources, and skills to help you protect your rights and your best interests.


54 State Street
Albany, NY 12207

tel: 518.462.5601
fax: 518.462.2670

Saratoga Springs

1 Court Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

tel: 518.584.5205
fax: 518.584.5441