Attorneys

Thomas Rogers, J.D., C.P.A.

Mr. Rogers, an attorney and accountant by profession, designs estate and asset protection plans. He founded Sweetwater Law Offices, PLC, an estate and charitable planning law firm in Longwood (Orlando) Florida in 1981 and Wealth Strategies Collaborative Inc. in 2000, a collegial group of attorneys nationwide who collectively combine their expertise designing asset protection and wealth preservation plans. Mr. Rogers received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and his J.D. from Ohio Northern University. 


Mr. Rogers has been a frequent lecturer and instructor on estate and asset protection techniques for accountants, financial planners, stock brokers, insurance agents and the public. Prior to practicing law, Thom practiced in the tax departments of international, regional and local accounting firms.


Mr. Rogers is a member of The Florida Bar and the Florida Institute of CPA's.  He founded the Wealth Strategies Collaborative Institute, a national organization of colleagues, and the Central Florida Estate Planning Institute, a local study group of professionals.  He is a former member of The Florida Bar's Committee on Relations between Attorneys and CPAs. He currently chairs the Florida Hospital Foundation Planned Giving Committee and is a consultant to a number of charities.


Thom is a former executive committee member of the Members Advisory Board of the National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys, a member of the Association of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants, and a fellow and faculty member of the Esperti Peterson Institute, an organization of Global Wealth Strategists.


He was a contributing author and reviewer for Cutting Edge Conspectus, a technical estate planning journal for attorneys, CPAs, and professional advisors. He was also a contributing author to a comprehensive estate planning guidebook for the general public, Generations: Planning Your Legacy, 2000, the Esperti Peterson Institute and a contributing author to a comprehensive charitable planning guidebook for the general public, Giving: Philanthropy for Everyone, 2002.

Krista Riddick Rogers, J.D.

Krista Rogers is an attorney at Sweetwater Law Offices, PLC practicing in the area of Estate Planning and Administration, Probate and Asset Protection.


Krista received her J.D. degree, magna cum laude from Barry University School of Law. While in law school, she was an Associate Editor of Barry Law Review and a member of Delta Theta Phi Legal Fraternity. Her law review article was also published in Barry Law Review. Promoting a Paradigm of Collaboration in an Adversarial Legal System: A Problem Solving Perspective for Shifting Prevailing Attitudes from Competition to Cooperation Within the Legal Profession, 6 Barry L. Rev. 137 (2006).


Prior to entering the legal profession, Krista spent several years as an Elementary Gifted Education teacher having earned her B.S. degree cum laude, from the College of Education at Florida State University. While at Florida State University, she was a member of Alpha Delta Phi Sorority.  


Krista is admitted to the Florida Bar and the Nebraska State Bar. 

Thomas E. Hynes, J.D., M.B.A.

  

Thomas E. Hynes is an attorney for Sweetwater Law Offices, PLC practicing in Elder Law, Estate Planning and Administration, Probate and Asset Protection. He received his Juris Doctor from Rutgers School of Law, and Master of Business Administration, with distinction, from New York Institute of Technology. Mr. Hynes is licensed to practice law in Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and is accredited with the Department of Veterans Affairs.


Prior to entering the legal profession, Mr. Hynes acquired nearly seven years worth of practical and substantial experience in investment and insurance strategies and products as a FINRA registered representative of Vanguard and licensed insurance producer appointed with Vanguard’s partnering insurance companies. While at Vanguard, he consulted directly with clients and provided tangible guidance concerning matters of finance, securities, tax, and insurance.


Mr. Hynes has since incorporated his finance and securities skills into the legal arena, where in addition to pursuing elder law and estate planning solutions for clients, he has developed experience resolving labor, employment and business matters. Mr. Hynes has been entrusted to manage some of the most sensitive and comprehensive client situations based upon his demonstrated ability to research and analyze complex issues, position sound and pragmatic solutions, and obtain meaningful results.