Matthew J. Dorsey

Matthew J. Dorsey Shareholder

Matthew's Practice Areas

Matt is partner concentrating his practice in the area of elder law, estate administration, and Medicaid planning. In his Medicaid planning practice, Matt works with families to preserve their assets, while obtaining access to necessary long term care services. Matt has been a Legal Services Provider for the Saratoga County Office for the Aging for over a decade and previously served as the Saratoga County Examiner of Guardianship Accounts. Matt is a frequent lecturer on elder law issues for the State and County Bar Associations, as well as the Office for the Aging and Community Hospice.

Matt is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the Elder Law Section. He also served as an elected representative to the New York State Bar Association House of Delegates between 2003 and 2005. Based on Matt’s professional background and long history of community service, the Saratoga County Bar Association nominated Matt in 2007 for a New York State Bar Association Outstanding Lawyer Award.

Matt’s interest in the well being of our elderly led him to establish the Saratoga Springs Memory Walk for the benefit of the Alzheimer’s Association in 1997. Matt served as Chairman of the Memory Walk from 1997 to 2001. The Saratoga Springs Memory Walk has been held annually since 1997 and has raised over $1 million dollars since its inception. In December, 2000, Matt was recognized as Volunteer of the Year by the Adirondack Branch of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Matt served as City Attorney for the City of Saratoga Springs from 2004 to 2006. During his tenure, Matt acted as the primary staff person responsible for the City’s purchase of six unique open space parcels, totaling 100 acres. Matt also drafted the first revision of the City of Saratoga Springs Ethics Code in over thirty years. Matt served as Special Counsel to the City in the defense of tax assessment cases between 2002 and 2006 and as Assistant City Attorney from 1996 to 1999. After leaving the City of Saratoga Springs, Matt represented the Town of Queensbury defending a tax assessment challenge case involving millions of dollars in assessed value. Matt has also successfully handled numerous tax assessment challenges for private landowners, resulting in significant reductions in their assessments.

Matt is a Member of the Saratoga Springs Rotary Club and served as Club President. He is also a Board Member and Secretary of the Saratoga Springs Rotary Education Foundation. The Foundation raises funds for and manages an endowment for the Rotary scholarship program, which provides over $40,000 in scholarship funding every year to area high school students.

Matt is a prior recipient of the Outstanding Young Leader Award from the Greater Saratoga Springs Jaycees. He is a 1998 graduate of the Leadership Saratoga Program, created by the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce to develop community leaders in the Greater Saratoga area.

Matthew's Locations

Admissions

  • United States District Court, Northern District of New York
  • New York State

Professional Associations

New York State Bar Association
New York State Bar Association
Elder Law Section
New York State Bar Association
Trusts and Estates Law Section
Estate Planning Council of Eastern New York
Saratoga County Bar Association
Saratoga Springs Rotary Club

Board Memberships

Saratoga Springs Rotary Education Foundation
Secretary, Board of Directors
Saratoga Springs Rotary
President
2012 – 2013

Awards

Outstanding Lawyer Nomination to NYS Bar Association
Saratoga County Bar Association
2007
Paul Harris Fellow
Saratoga Springs Rotary Club
2004
Volunteer of the Year
Alzheimer’s Association of Northeastern NY
2000
Outstanding Young Leader Award
Greater Saratoga Springs Jaycees

Presentations

Elder Law Planning Basics
Vital Aging Network Annual Meeting
2010

Publications

Medicaid Eligibility After Giving Has Occurred
Trusts, Estates & Elder Law Update
2014
Tax Changes to Keep in Mind for 2014
Trusts, Estates & Elder Law Update
2014
Elder Abuse: What Is It and What Can You Do To Prevent It?
Trusts, Estates & Elder Law Update
2014
Ask the Lawyer: How Do Medicaid Penalty Periods Work?
Trusts, Estates & Elder Law Update
2014
Significant Changes in the NYS Estate Tax Law
Trusts, Estates & Elder Law Update
2014
Ask the Lawyer: NYS Estate Tax Changes
Trusts, Estates & Elder Law Update
2014
Ask the Lawyer: What is a Guardianship?
Trusts, Estates & Elder Law Update
2014
The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012
Trusts, Estates & Elder Law Update
2013
What to do When Medicare Doesn't Cover You at the Hospital
Trusts, Estates & Elder Law Update
2013
How Your Assets Pass Within and Outside of Your Estate
Trusts, Estates & Elder Law Update
2013
Ask the Lawyer: How Does Medicare Work?
Trusts, Estates & Elder Law Update
2013
Planning for the Financial Future of Your Special Needs Child
Trusts, Estates & Elder Law Update
2013
What to Do When Your Spouse Applies for Medicaid
Trusts, Estates & Elder Law Update
2013
Ask the Lawyer: How do I Provide for My Final Wishes?
Trusts, Estates & Elder Law Update
2013
How to Choose a Nursing Home for Your Loved One
Trusts, Estates & Elder Law Update
2013
Ask the Lawyer: Q&A on Reverse Mortgages
Trusts, Estates & Elder Law Update
2013


Locations

The culture of teamwork and collaboration at O’Connell and Aronowitz helps our five 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.

Albany

54 State Street
Albany, NY 12207

tel: 518.462.5601
fax: 518.462.2670


Latham

624 New Loudon Road
Latham, NY 12110

tel: 518.213.8050
fax: 518.213.8048


New York City

111 Broadway, Suite 701
New York, NY 10006

tel: 212.706.6041
fax: 518.462.2670


Plattsburgh

22 US Oval, Suite 118
Plattsburgh, NY 12903

tel: 518.562.0600
fax: 518.561.8604


Saratoga Springs

1 Court Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

tel: 518.584.5205
fax: 518.584.5441