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Williamsport, PA― The fifth annual Dr. Alexander Nesbitt Commitment to Caring Award was presented to MSGT George W. Heiges, Jr. (Ret.), Director of Lycoming County Veterans Affairs, on April 18, 2018 in a surprise ceremony following an End-of-Life Choices seminar at the Elder & Special Needs Resource Center in Williamsport. Dr. Nesbitt presented the award, established by Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurchak, and named in his honor. Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurachak also provided a cash donation to the non-profit charity of the recipient’s choice. The Dr. Alexander Nesbitt Commitment to Caring Award was established by the elder care law firm in 2014. According to Attorney Julieanne E. Steinbacher, the award recognizes an individual or a non-profit organization in the community that shows an extraordinary commitment to caring that improves the lives of others.

This year’s recipient is a Lycoming County native, raised in Montgomery, where he met and married his high school sweet heart, Katherine. Together they raised two beautiful daughters, Stephanie and Jamie. George knew he wanted to serve the country and enlisted, serving for 21 years in the US Air Force, retiring in 2001 with a rank of Master Sargent. His military service was followed by eight years as a police officer in Louisiana before George opted to return home to Lycoming County.

George is fully accredited as a Veterans Service Officer by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Recognized as the second largest department in the US Government, The Veterans Administration has had numerous struggles in providing care and assistance to those who served. When necessary, George challenges this system to perform as expected, ensuring his clients receive quality care in the quickest way possible.

Master Sergeant Heiges has been known to exhaust all measures in seemingly very difficult cases, going above and beyond in gathering information from doctors and VA professionals when others gave up hope in receiving compensation or pensions. He has coordinated resources from various organizations and established a strong financial pool for veteran financial assistance, access to services and supports for the disabled Veterans, and is a constant source of information for the uninformed.

George has a long history of completing outreach to nursing homes, elderly care facilities as well as visiting sick or housebound veterans in their homes if necessary. His selfless approach to helping veterans off all ages, branches and limitations has brought a tremendous positive reputation to the Lycoming County office, reaching multiple milestones in number of claims, financial rewards, and number of veterans assisted. In his time as Director of Veterans Affairs, George has helped our disabled veterans and their widows secure over 40 million dollars in health care services and benefits to support them for their service to our county. Additionally, George is an active member of the Lycoming County Veterans Council, The American Legion, The VFW, Korean War Veterans Inc., and Vietnam Veterans Inc.
At statewide conferences for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Military Affairs, George has become a mentor and leader for all Veteran Service persons. His experience in the inter working of the system is commendable. He provides quick solutions to difficult cases and is very knowledgeable of simple and effective ways to achieve success when filing for services within the VA.
.Perhaps the most compelling strength one can observe when interacting with George is his genuine concern for the wellbeing of his clients. He quickly puts troubled veterans and spouses at ease taking their stress upon himself. He insists the veteran does not become frustrated with a challenging system and his success rate with handling difficult circumstances convinces each client they have made the right decision in conferring with George.

06/11/2018 – State College, PA — H. Amos Goodall Jr., CELA*, of Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurchak was named President of the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF) on June 1, 2018. He will serve a two-year term. Amos brings extensive legal knowledge and passion for assisting the elderly community into his new leadership role.

Attorney Goodall has been previously recognized by NELF through its Certified Elder Law Attorney designation. NELF was among the first organizations authorized by the American Bar Association to issue specialist law certifications, and it remains the only national organization authorized to do so. There are nearly 500 Certified Elder Law Attorneys across the country, and the organization’s numbers continue to grow steadily. NELF is the only national organization certifying practitioners of elder and special needs law.

Attorneys who are certified as elder law attorneys have demonstrated knowledge in elder law and special needs, passed a rigorous examination, maintained continuing education and involvement standards, and have been recognized by their peers and colleagues.

Attorney Goodall has been practicing in Centre County in 1976. He is a member of the Special Needs Alliance—a private practice group representing individuals and families of persons with disabilities by coordinating private resources with public benefit programs. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, and he earned an LL.M. degree (with honors) in Elder Law from Stetson University School of Law.

He is also an author of the LexisNexis treatise Tax, Estate & Financial Planning for the Elderly as well as the forms set for the same subject.

Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurchak is an elder care and special needs law firm offering quality representation to clients throughout Pennsylvania. Since its beginning, the firm has dedicated itself to practicing law with extraordinary standards of ethics and values. The vision of the firm has been to provide individuals and their families with a unique plan to protect their assets for their spouses and future generations, while providing for their immediate and long-term needs. To schedule your appointment, call 1-800-351-8334 in the Lycoming and Centre County communities.

01/02/2018 – Williamsport, PA — The elder care and special needs law firm of Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurchak was recently awarded the recognition of “Best Law Firms” in Pennsylvania by U.S. News & World Report. Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurchak is featured in the 2018 “Best Law Firms” publication for their nationally-regarded work in trusts and estates law.. 

“We are extremely grateful for this honor,” said firm owner, Julieanne E. Steinbacher, CELA*. “The firm works carefully to make sure our clients are properly prepared for their second half of life. We are committed to helping our clients achieve their planning goals, and the peace of mind they deserve.”

U.S. News & World Report undergoes an extensive and rigorous evaluation process to compile their list of “Best Law Firms.” The process includes client and lawyer evaluations, peer reviews from leading attorneys, and a review of additional information provided by the law firms themselves. Clients are asked to give feedback about a firm’s responsiveness, civility, and whether they would refer friends and family members for future assistance. Lawyers provide insights into a firm’s integrity, cost-effectiveness, and whether they consider the firm to be a worthy competitor. After an extensive review, rankings are given based on practice and geographical areas.

*Certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation.

Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurchak is an elder care and special needs law firm offering quality representation to clients throughout Pennsylvania. Since its beginning, the firm has dedicated itself to practicing law with extraordinary standards of ethics and values. The vision of the firm has been to provide individuals and their families with a unique plan to protect their assets for their spouses and future generations, while providing for their immediate and long-term needs. To schedule your appointment, call 1-800-351-8334 in the Lycoming and Centre County communities.

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