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Dennis Reppard DeLoach III

Estate planning Attorney at Seminole, FL

5.0   70 reviews

also known as Rep DeLoach, D. "Rep" DeLoach, III

  • Licensed for 24 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1999
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Dennis

Learn Dennis’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Elder law
    11%
    A great deal of my practice is helping our clients and their families through the aging process. When an elderly family member is having physical or mental problems, we are able to assist our families through all of their twists and turns. We are a LIfe Care Planning law firm as well, with a Registered Nurse on staff.

    24 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Employment and labor
    11%

  3. Estate planning
    11%
    A great deal of my practice is preparing for a client's death or incapacity. We can help with simple and compliated estate plans, helping our client avoid probate, costs and estate taxes.

    24 years, 1,000 cases

  4. Health care
    11%

  5. Litigation
    11%

  6. Medicaid and medicare
    11%
    Helping clients protect their assets and apply for Medicaid is a daily practice at our firm.

    24 years, 1,000 cases

  7. Probate
    11%
    While the avoidance of probate is generally best for estate planning purposes, we will help the family members through probate as efficiently and easily as possible.

    24 years, 300 cases

  8. Real estate
    11%

  9. Trusts
    11%

  10. Other
    1%

Great Help With Your Estate Plan and Elder Law Concerns:

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. You will know I love my work as clients love working with us as well!

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 almost 20 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. 

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 & Cavonis, 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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Location

DeLoach, Hofstra & Cavonis, P.A.
8640 Seminole Blvd
Seminole, FL, 33772

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Posted by Mike | November 12, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Consultation
Met with Rep DeLoach, and he was fantastic. He was very patient, knowledgeable, and treated our case with the utmost importance and professionalism. Highly recommend
Posted by Steve | October 20, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Superb experience
Mr. DeLoch, and his excellent staff, handled my Probate matters in a very efficient and timely matter. They pay close attention to all matters that can effect outcome and are very responsive to phone and email inquiries. Additionally, they provided excellent information regarding non-probate related matters. A refreshing experience . Highly recommend.
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Posted by Lewis Niad | September 3, 2021
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| Consulted Attorney
Considerate Professional
I'm an attorney. I have care issues regarding my mother. Rep was very kind, considerate, and knowledgeable. I explained my issues. Though the issues I have are not the kind that Rep handles, he told me where I stood so I could make important decisions.
Posted by Mike | March 4, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Service
After speaking initially with a few lawyers regarding estate and Medicaid planning for my father, I decided to go with Rep and I am glad I did. He answered all my questions quickly throughout the entire process and made himself available whenever needed. I have hired other lawyers in the past but, without a doubt, Rep has been the best throughout all stages of the estate/Medicaid planning process and I strongly recommend him and his firm based on the great experience and quality of service I received. You won't be sorry.
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Posted by Jill | May 22, 2020
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| Consulted Attorney
Kind, professional, and knowledgeable
Rep DeLoach recently advised us on some estate planning/elder law issues. He was knowledgeable, kind, patient, and professional. He answered all our questions and helped us understand how Florida law differs from New Jersey law. He didn't try to sell us services we didn't need, but made it clear that he will be there for us should we need him in the future. I highly recommend Rep DeLoach and his team and will be using them again when and if the need arises. Moreover, I will be referring friends and family who need a knowledgeable, professional, and kind elder law/estate planning attorney. Thank you Rep!
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Posted by Tom D | March 29, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Rep and his firm suoer helpful
My wife and I went to one of Rep's seminars concerned about my mother in law and her dwindling assets at assisted living. The seminar gave great information with no pressure AT ALL to use their services. We had a follow up in person consultation with Rep. He reviewed our situation calmly and professionally. He really made us feel at ease. He recommended and gave us a new power of attorney. When asked by me directly about some other more extensive planning options, he clearly indicated these were not necessary. We left feeling much better about our situation with peace of min and a plan. A few weeks later I had a quick question about whether a particular annuity was an asset for VA purposes. Rep responded to my email the next day, a Sunday no less, with no charge. Great attorney and great office staff.
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Posted by Heidi | February 6, 2020
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| Consulted Attorney
Everyone there is so helpful!
I had many questions regarding a relative's estate and April walked me through everything I needed to do and forms I needed to have processed. Everyone in the office was so friendly and helpful as well.
Posted by anonymous | January 16, 2020
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| Consulted Attorney
Thank you April
A relative recently passed away in Florida. I live on the West Coast. Attorney Rep DeLoach's assistant April took the time (more than 1/2 an hour on the phone!) to listen carefully to my personal situation and answer many questions. She patiently explained how things are done in Florida. Thank you April, you really helped!
Posted by Waldo | November 22, 2019
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| Consulted Attorney
Appreciation for April Ellison
I would like to thank and recognize April for her outstanding help on late after-early evening of November 20. April was very thorough, patient, pleasant to talk to and was very willing to spend the time to explain things to me (36 min). She provided attention to detail cruising through several governmental websites in order to try to figure out my situation regarding my deceased parent's as if it was her own personal matter to deal with. Having dealt with thousands of people during my years as an air force officer, I was quite impressed with her. Her helpful action reflects not only great credit upon herself, but also to your law firm. To me, she's a keeper. Again, a big thanks to April. Sincerely, Waldo (the only Asian Waldo one would probably ever run into. Lol)
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Posted by Ann | July 16, 2019
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Very knowledgeable and friendly
We greatly appreciate their expertise in helping us with a complicated property title transfer. Thanks to April for taking time to explain all of the details and help us get everything finalized.
Posted by Robin | April 18, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Great firm
They helped us so much and took a great weight off our backs. Much needed help with Medicaid planning and finding a place for our mom. Gloria Centonze is so knowledgeable. Learned so much from her in one hour. Thanks
Posted by Brandon | February 27, 2019
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| Consulted Attorney
Finally, Answers
April was able to help me understand everything I was completely lost on about probate proceedings. I have inquired with others and was more or less left without any explanation. Thanks so much! I really appreciate the time you have spent on the phone with me.
Posted by Tina | November 8, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
April Ellison is amazing....
I called the office because I am the executor of a will and have never done this before. I cannot tell you how wonderful and helpful April was. She went out of her way to clarify things for me, was friendly, and I would highly recommend this office simply based on what my experience with her was.
Posted by Sylvia | October 17, 2018
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Sylvia Tuleweit
I can only highly recommend this firm, without their excellent and professional help we would not have been able to deal with matters. Thank you
Posted by Bill | October 5, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Could Not Have Done It Without Rep
Estate planning and setting up a family trust was easy with DeLoach, Hofsta, and Cavonis and Rep's personal assistance was wonderful. But, after the passing of my wife, the firm was vital. I can highly recommend this firm.
Posted by Michelle | September 20, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent guidance creating a will
It was such a pleasure working with Rep and his team. Every person in the firm is helpful, courteous and extremely knowledgeable. The marketing team sends you home with lots of useful goodies as well - a really nice touch!
Posted by Kathie and Bob | July 25, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Professional and knowledgeable
Rep DeLoach has assisted our family in the past with the utmost professionalism and kindness. He was instrumental in helping us apply for Medicaid for my father in addition to educating us on what was needed to qualify. We could not have done this without his advice and guidance. Our recent experience with estate planning was equally professional and enlightening. He and his staff prepared the necessary documents, answered our questions and presented us with a completed package. We can now rest easy knowing we have everything in place to make the process seamless and uncomplicated, should the time arise. Rep is a blessing to us and we look forward to a long relationship with him and his firm. Thank you for all you do!
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Posted by B and A | July 22, 2018
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Very Pleased and Confident
When we moved to Florida we needed our will, trust, and other documents revised or replaced. Rep gave a free seminar on estate planning that laid out the various options and their consequences very clearly. We put together all the financial and other information he requested and then met with him. He encouraged us to ask questions and explore alternatives. He answered all of our questions carefully and thoroughly. He was very attentive to our needs and desires and suggested an approach that we were comfortable with. His suggestions were customized to our situation and we never felt he was offering a "one size fits all" approach. We decided to involve Rep in all of our future legal work and are confident that he will always act with our best interests in mind.
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Posted by Donna | June 1, 2018
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Inquiring about qualifying a loved-one for Medicaid
My purpose was to get information, and possibly hire, a well-known, experienced Elder Law Attorney to qualify my mother for Medicaid, because she was placed in a long-term care nursing facility, which is very expensive. Mr. DeLoach listened to the whole story, and then celineated a strategy which was , he admitted, risky in the short term, but would pay-off in the long-term. After describing the strategy, as I understood it, key family members and my co-POA were unwilling to agree to go ahead because of the level of risk. We decided to continue with private pay to the nursing home. We also felt there was an ethical side to this, and other strategies we have since heard of, for removing money that Medicaid would count, which would disqualify the person for Medicaid, causing the State (ie, taxpayers) to pick up the unpaid tab after Medicaid pays it's percentage. For those who have no problem with this, these kinds of strategies work, and have worked for a long time, when applied to a patient with a somewhat longer life-expectancy than our Mom may have. Mr. DeLoach clearly laid out the risks, fees, penalties, and tax implications for the strategy he presented to us. There wouls have been no surprises, if we had hired him and gone with that strategy.
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Posted by Lucia | April 20, 2018
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Very Pleased
I contacted Rep to see if my husband could be eligible for Medicaid to help pay for a skilled nursing facility. Rep was extremely helpful and knowlegeable about the Medicaid process. He answered all of my questions and was patient and caring during this stressful time.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • DeLoach & Hofstra, P.A.
  • 2001 - Present
  • Attorney
  • DeLoach, Hofstra & Cavonis, P.A.
  • 1900 - Present

Education

  • Mercer University - Walter F. George School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • Mercer University
  • BA
  • 1996

Associations

  • Life Care Planning Law Firms Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • 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
  • City of St. Petersburg Commission on Aging
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 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
  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • N/A
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Practical Estate and Charitable Planning
  • Pet Trusts
  • 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
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (16)
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Unknown Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rep and his firm are dedicated to their clients, and ensuring they have a great experience with the firm is always top of mind for him and his team. If any of my friends or family members were in need of a Florida estate planning lawyer, I would send them to Rep without hesitation."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As an attorney, I am very picky with the attorneys I hire or endorse. Rep was a pleasure to work with, and his office was attentive and courteous. Estate planning is a sensitive area, and Rep explained everything clearly. I would highly recommend him and his office."
Probate Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Rep Deloach is a dedicated, knowledgeable, and hard working attorney. He has handled many Probate, and Elder Law matters for my nursing home abuse clients. They have all spoken very highly of the work that Rep has performed for them."
Elder law Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I unequivocally endorse this lawyer. Rep DeLoach certainly lives up to his credentials and exceeds expectations. Not only is he carrying the torch for one our community's top law firms, but his expertise, knowledge, and professionalism set the standard for others to emulate. I believe that Rep DeLoach not only provides a top level of expertise, but also a grounded sense of compassion, empathy, and ability to understand and relate to his clients in order to best guide them through what can be murky and complicated issues in Estate Planning/Probate, Elder Law, and Medicare/Medicaid issues."
Elder law Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney DeLoach for his work in Elder Law and Estate Planning. I would not hesitate to recommend a client to him."
Elder law Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known and worked with Mr. DeLoach for many years. He consistently demonstrates himself as an intelligent, experienced, and dedicated elder law attorney. I endorse Mr. DeLoach without question."
Estate planning Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rep is my go to guy for estate planning, elder law, probate and all related legal areas. With the utmost confidence in his acumen and abilities, I refer individuals to him."
Probate Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rep truly is one of the very best and most impressive lawyers in this community; he has earned the respect of both lawyers and clients alike, for good reason. He truly is an asset to this community."
Elder law Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"Rep cares for his clients and treats them like family. He is one of a select few Board Certified Elder Law attorneys in Florida and puts that expertise to good use creatively solving elder law issues. I wholeheartedly endorse Rep."
Elder law Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"Dennis Reppard DeLoach, III ("Rep") is one of the few elder law attorneys who implements Life Care Plans for his clients and their families. With the support of his team, he meets clients whenever and where ever is necessary, even if they require assistance outside the normal work day. His passion is helping people and it shows. I endorse attorney, Dennis Reppard DeLoach, III for all your estate planning, elder law, and/or Medicaid planning needs."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse D. "Rep" DeLoach III for Estate Planning and Elder Law matters. Mr. DeLoach is one of 100 attorneys in Florida who are Board Certified in Elder Law. Mr. DeLoach's expertise in Elder Law enables him to effectively address the unique needs of each individual client."
Probate Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer highly. Mr. Deloach is one of the most knowledgeable people I know to handle probate and estate planning matters. While I handle estate planning matters in my practice, I make sure that any probate issues go to him because I trust that he will treat his clients right and do the best job possible for them. In short, a great attorney."
Elder law Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rep is known throughout the state of Florida as being very knowledgeable in estate planning and elder law. He has conducted Florida Bar seminars for experienced attorneys in these two practice areas. He has personally advised me in two procedural areas that I needed help with. I find him very approachable and very generous with his knowledge. I do not hesitate to refer clients in the St. Petersburg area to him."
Estate planning Attorney | Dec 15
Relationship: Friend
"Rep has all the attributes one wants in a lawyer - integrity, honesty, intelligence, and a charming personality. He is well-versed in his areas of practice and is a very good person. I consider it an honor to know Rep and to be his friend."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've referred multiple family members to Rep for Estate planning and Medicaid planning. He knows his stuff and "bedside" manner is excellent."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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