I was fortunate to grow up in Pinellas County with my father as a well-known and respected attorney and community leader. When I started thinking about my own career, my father told me that he loved going to work every day and helping his clients the best way he could. With my father’s encouragement, my own passion for helping others and my love of creative problem solving, I knew that practicing estate planning and elder law was the career path for me.
My estate planning and elder law practice is more than just my profession – it is my life’s passion. I understand the difficult decisions that my clients face when they are planning their estates, when they are experiencing health issues, and the affect their decisions have on their children upon their death. With the knowledge and the desire to help with the best solutions possible, I know that my clients are getting an estate plan that they, and their family, can rely upon to make sure they are provided for, their family is protected, and their legacy lasts for as long as possible.
I have been practicing law for over 15 years and have seen a number of changes to our estate planning world. While estate taxes had been eliminated for many, I still saw problems occurring when a client died or became incapacitated. For years, I created my estate plans with a traditional “transaction” based mindset, where my clients paid for prepared documents and I provided them directions on how to “fund” their estate plan on their own. After seeing multiple problems occur with the “transaction” based mindset, I came to the conclusion that I should not just prepare a will or trust for my clients and expect the plan to work upon their death or incapacity. The reality is that the estate plan that actually works is where the attorney and client follow a clear process to create and implement a personalized estate plan together. This is why we do not charge for the actual document preparation, we charge to put together a plan that will work for you and your family.
I take pride in giving each client personal attention, practical advice, timely assistance, and clear communication based upon their individual situation. We will take our time in discussing you, your family, your desires and your assets before deciding how to best proceed. I speak in plain English and know that you will understand the issues you face and how best to answer your concerns. Together, we will develop and implement an estate plan that follows your desires, protects you and yours heirs, and provides you piece of mind.
In choosing your estate planning and elder law attorney, you need someone with integrity, someone with the passion to help, someone friendly, and someone who you can rely upon to make the best decisions possible. I am certain you will find that working with me at DeLoach & Hofstra, P.A.
Professional Achievements of Rep DeLoach:
§ Board Certified Specialist in Elder Law by the Florida Bar Association. Rep is one of 98 attorneys Board Certified in Elder Law by the Florida Bar Association.
§ Author of 20 Ways to Protect your Estate in Florida.
§ Frequent lecturer to the public and other attorneys on estate planning and elder law issues.
§ Constant attendant of legal seminars to stay on top of the law and prevailing legal trends.
§ Member of Wealthcounsel, a national organization of professional estate planning attorneys.
§ Member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.
§ Member of the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys.
§ Member of the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association.
§ Member of the Board of Directors of Empath Choices for Care, a local not-for profit devoted to end-of-life decisions.
§ Former Executive Board member of SPCA Tampa Bay.
§ Former Board member of the Seminole Chamber of Commerce.
§ Actually returns your phone calls and e-mails.
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|FL||Member in Good Standing||1999||09/08/2015|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Outstanding Service Award||Elder Law Section of the Florida Bar Association||2008|
|Board Certification - Elder Law||Florida Bar Association||2005|
|President's Award||Clearwater Bar Association||2004|
|Attorney||DeLoach & Hofstra, P.A.||2001 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Life Care Planning Law Firms Association||Member||2010 - Present|
|City of St. Petersburg Commission on Aging||Member||2010 - 2011|
|National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys||Member||2002 - Present|
|Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys||Member||2002 - Present|
|Professional Advisory Committee, SPCA Tampa Bay||member||2002 - Present|
|Clearwater Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys||Member||N/A|
|St. Petersburg Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Mercer University - Walter F. George School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1999|
|Practical Estate and Charitable Planning||Pet Trusts||2015|
|Planning for Long-Term Care||Ethics in Estate Planning and Elder Law||2015|
|Florida Bar, Elder Law Section, Annual Review Course||Fiduciary Representation||2013|
|Florida Bar, Elder Law Section, Annual Review Course||Fiduciary Representation||2012|
|Resolving Legal and Financial Issues in Elder Care||Long Term Care Insurance and Legal Ethics||2011|
|SPCA Tampa Bay Planned Giving Conference||Pet Trusts II||2010|
|SPCA Tampa Bay Planned Giving Conference||Pet Trusts||2009|
|Elder Care in Florida: Resolving Legal and Financial Issues||How to Protect an Elderly Client's Assets||2008|
|Estate, Financial and Health Care Planning for the Elderly||Using Special Needs Trusts||2007|