My experiences with elder care started very early in my life. One holiday season, I went Christmas shopping with grandmother. While we were going down her list, I noticed my grandmother could not remember for whom she had bought gifts. Soon after, I found out she had Alzheimer’s disease. My grandmother already knew, but I wasn't told or at least did not understand until then. She declined rapidly. After she passed, my grandfather was left fighting his own demon–Parkinson’s disease. As he weakened, family ties became strained.
Throughout this chapter in my life, I felt and saw what many families go through. I was the person worried about the professional care of a loved one. I witnessed my family sweat over how to pay for medical expenses, while balancing my grandfather’s need for comfort and his desire to maintain the legacy that he worked so hard to build. It was this early experience that helped me realize I could help other families by pursuing a career in the law.
I specifically chose to study at Stetson University College of Law for its excellent Elder Law Concentration Program. Most of my professional and academic development went towards strengthening my knowledge in this field.
Elder Law attorneys, like me, help families prepare for a phase in life where children become the caregivers to their parents. But, beyond that, we also help parents navigate the legal ramifications of their special needs child blossoming into a special needs adult; we assist the power couple with protecting their assets from accidents, while the couple attempts to conquer their world; we get personal with our clients very quickly, console them when times are hard, and guide them through their legal quandaries, while (hopefully) giving them a sense of control.
Elder law attorneys must have compassion, patience, understanding, and answers. Elder Law is the beating heart of the legal profession. By joining DeLoach, Hofstra & Cavonis P.A.’s team, I furthered my aspirations of becoming a great Elder Law attorney. My experience working with D. "Rep" DeLoach III has been invaluable. We are a client-centric law firm, and we strive to implement the best strategies for navigating through tricky situations. Our team is here for you and your family’s estate planning and long-term care needs.
About Christine O’Neil
A native of St. Petersburg, O’Neil earned her bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Florida State University and her Juris Doctorate from Stetson University College of Law in 2014. Estate Planning and Board Certified Elder Law Attorney D. “Rep” DeLoach III described Christine as having “the work ethic, compassion and people skills needed to work in the estate planning and elder law field." He went on to say "we are thrilled to have her as a part of our team.” Christine is currently serving as Secretary to the Seminole Chamber of Commerce.