Meet Attorney D. "Rep" DeLoach III - Our Board Certified Elder Law Attorney (Transcript)
D. "Rep" DeLoach III, Estate Planning and Board Certified Elder Law Attorney
Rep: I've always loved my dad's work ethic. One of the main reasons why I got into the practice of law is I knew my dad loved it. He worked nights and weekends to help build his practice starting in the 70s, and I really loved that because he was the master of his fortune. He was the master of his fate, and he knew that he loved working hard and helping families out. I thought, "Well jeez, if you can go to work and you can help people out and you enjoy what you're doing, sign me up!"
As an elder law attorney what really sets me apart is the fact that I'm not there just to help protect money for mom and dad. Of course, we want to get paid. We're a business, but really our first thing to do is help people out, whether it's going to be an estate planning issue dealing with your will or trust, or dealing with us from an Elder Law perspective, dealing with mom or dad in Medicaid and Medicare and VA benefits, that's what brings me to work every day. I love helping people and I love helping solve their problems. It's a lot of fun, and it's personally rewarding.
Sandy (Client): I could not think of a more compassionate, careful, considerate, knowledgeable, professional group of people than your firm. And we have been so pleased, and blessed, to have the opportunity to get to know you and to have you on our side, as part of our team, helping us care for our parents.
Charlann (Client): It's the most incredible experience I've ever had. I've never had to worry about how many questions I asked, Rep would answer, very patient, very kind.
Heather (Hospice Nurse): : He was really good with the older folks and explained everything very simply, made it easy, and really was advocating for them.
Rep: Really one of the things I love about the practice of law is I still get to show up. I get to go see my father and work with him on a daily basis. We get to sit down. We get to talk about the issues that we're facing. He gets to tell me some of his experiences and I get to give him good advice now based upon my knowledge as well. Most people never have that opportunity in their life, and I can truly say that I love that. That's one of the best things I love about the practice of law.
Professionally I do a lot of training, and the training there is to stay on top of the law, to stay on top of the trends in the law, to attend continuing legal education so I can be the best that I can. That helps me be a better attorney because I'm taking the time out of my own career, my own life, to also hone my skills by reading, studying, spending hours upon hours of just trying to be the best I can, because I truly just want to be a professional in my practice.
Personally there are some things I like to do such as rock climbing. Rock climbing in the practice of law, there are a lot of similarities, and ultimately it's trying to be the best. When you're on the wall and you're trying to climb and get to the top, it's a horribly difficult thing to do, rock climbing. If you've ever done it, it's very difficult, and you're always trying to take about ways to get to the top, what's the path that you need to follow and you have to try it in different ways. You may or may not eventually get there, but you're always trying to reach the top, and sometimes you need to do physical training, mental training, watching videos, but you're just trying to hone your skills on the rock climbing walls and get better.
Charlann: It's a perfect scenario. This is the perfect law firm with a perfect attorney, and I can't say enough about what a good experience anybody would have using Rep. And he's Board Certified in Elder Law.
Heather: I raised some concerns with him about the family dynamics, and he took that into account and did what was absolutely in the best interest of his client.
David (Client): Got a question? Call Rep. They'll take care of you. Everybody will take care of you. That's the way it should be. That's family.
Rep: My philosophy and really our entire team's philosophy is to help our clients make the best decisions they possibly can, and we're going to treat people like our family. We're here to give them good advice. How would we do this situation? We're not always in our clients' shoes, we're going to try to just help them make the right decisions for themselves. We're going to give them the best options, the facts, the law, how's it going to apply, so we just want to educate our clients and help make them have the right decisions for themselves. So if we have an overriding philosophy for our practice, it's educating our clients and giving them great advice, and everyone on our team tries to do that on a daily basis.
My name is Rep DeLoach, and I’m the estate planning and board-certified elder law attorney for the law firm DeLoach, Hofstra & Cavonis in Seminole, Florida.
Why I Became an Attorney
My father has been practicing law for over 50 years. In growing up, he said that the loved going into work every day. When I was thinking about careers for myself, I thought that just sounds amazing – love going into work then you never have to work a day in your life. And truly I love the practice of law because you get to use your mind and do creative things. You get to help people in difficult situations, and it’s really is a feel-good venture where you get to help people out and do the things you love. Practicing law is what I really love, and the estate planning and elder law world is perfect for me.
What to Look for in an Attorney
Experienced in law is so very important because you can read the book and know the statutes, but you have to know how to apply all the specific areas to your client’s situation. What you are looking for is not just the road to memorization of law but what you are looking for is for an attorney who knows how to work with you to get your specific situation done, your wishes accomplished, and also making sure this is done in a practical matter so that it makes things easy for you and it also makes things easy for your heirs and for your family.
What Does My Name “Rep” Mean?
My full name is Dennis Reppard DeLoach III, and I go by the name Rep. My grandfather was always called Rep and my father was Dennis. When I was born, the family called me Rep. I probably would have gone by Dennis in my professional career except for the fact that I practice law with my father who still practices in the firm to this day so I cannot go by Dennis DeLoach who has been practicing in the area for over 50 years. I get to go by my family nickname, which I’m alright with. It fits my personality.