570.322.2077 | Williamsport
814.237.4100 | State College
  • Get the answers you need

    Question or Comment

    Do you need assistance finding the information you need? Have a comment about our website or services? Click the button below to send us an email! We're always happy to help.

  • Register for a seminar

    Register Now

    Learning has never been more enjoyable. Seminars offered at the Elder & Special Needs Resource Center provide an interesting range of topics, qualified presenters, and an opportunity to explore information with likeminded people in a peaceful, comfortable environment. Register for a seminar that sounds interesting to you today.

  • Our book cracks the code on long-term care planning

    Request your book

    Don’t miss this indispensable resource from a dream team of leading elder law attorneys. Protect your family and your hard-earned assets before it’s too late.

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4

Planning for Your Second Half of Life

When you are ready to choose a law firm to help you with your planning, choose the firm that is willing to provide and stand behind the most comprehensive and thorough eldercare planning available: Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurchak.

Learn more >>

Elder & Special Needs Resource Center

The Elder & Special Needs Resource Center was developed as a one-stop facility where people could begin to research the services and supports that are related to the issues surrounding aging or disability.

Learn more >>

Representing You in Litigation

Trust Kathleen Yurchak, Esquire to work for you and with you in a compassionate and thoughtful manner as you seek a favorable resolution of your case.

Learn more >>

  • "What I liked best about Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurchak was the wonderful staff, the warmth and caring. Putting up with my
  • "Everyone was pleasantly helpful and nice."
  • "We appreciated the time you took to explain everything – sometimes multiple times. Very professional and fun too! We feel very
  • "Very professional yet friendly service."
  • 1
  • 2

Chronic illness may affect a person in a multitude of ways. There are the obvious medical and physical symptoms as well as the emotional and social impact on the individual. It may affect the nature of marital and family relationships as the spouse and family members accept the role as caregiver.

Caregiving may come naturally to some; not so much to others. Regardless, the role change can be emotionally troublesome for the care receiver and the care giver.

One goal of the medical and rehabilitative team is be to treat the illness holistically, anticipating and minimizing the impact of the symptoms on the individual, and the family system, over time.

The legal, financial, and care management team should be and will be equally proactive in helping make the necessary plans to accomplish the second half of life goals. This team should work collaboratively to address some or all of the following:

  • Who will manage finances and make financial and health care decisions if incapacity occurs?
  • What kind of care is desired, now and in the future, and what care setting is preferred?
  • What kind of treatment and care is desired in the event of a terminal illness?
  • What are the financial goals, and how can they be accomplished during the individual’s lifetime?
  • What are the goals to protect the estate for heirs and how can those goals be accomplished?
  • If informal care giving cannot meet the care needs, what is the preferred way to pay for longterm
    care?

It is as important to be open and honest with your health care and legal team when planning for your second half of life. They can help you achieve your goals if you tell them what those goals are. Likewise, share your thoughts and concerns with family members/significant others who you trust. Consider including them in the health care and legal planning process. In the event that they might be making decisions for you in the future, you will be doing them a favor by telling them now what your wishes are for the future.

Planning and Protecting Logo

Visit PlanningandProtecting.com to find an elder law attorney in your area!