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Attorney Julie Steinbacher, owner and founding shareholder of Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurchak, was recently named by Pennsylvania Business Central to its annual Women Making a Difference list. This annual recognition program run by PA Business Central's Women in Business publication recognizes women in central Pennsylvania whose intelligence, drive, determination and dedication have led to business success and community involvement. This marks the ninth year of the program (see Julie's profile in Women Making a Difference)

Nominations were made by readers of PA Business Central and others in the business community within PA Business Central's coverage area. Nominations were reviewed and candidates were selected to the list by a selection committee at the St. Francis University Business Development Center. 

Alzherimer's Dieease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States, and it can also have a devastating effect not just on the person with it, but also their family, caregivers and their finances and those of their family. In episode 22 of the Second Half of Life podcast, Attorney Brittany Smith and Long-Term Care Planner Tammy Zilske share how to prevent this from happening to your family if a loved one receives an Alzheimer's diagnosis or another related Dementia. Brittany and Tammy discuss community resources as well as government resources and benefits available to help those dealing with such a diagnosis, and also offer caregiving tips and steps to take right now to help mitigate the effect of a Dementia diagnosis in your family. 

This episode is a recording of a virtual seminar originally held on August 11, 2020, and this and other episodes of the Second Half of Life podcast can be accessed on the Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurchak website, as well as on several podcast directories. The podcast is also available on most podcast platforms, including Apple PodcastsSpotifyTuneIn + Alexa, iHeartRadioStitcherPodcast AddictGoogle PodcastsPodchaserDeezerListen NotesBullhornOvercastPocket CastsCastro and Castbox.

Attorney Brittany O.L. Smith, Esq., recently earned her Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA®) certification from the National Elder Law Foundation. The CELA® certification is frequently referred to as the "gold standard" for elder law and special needs practitioners, and only just over 500 attorneys have this certification in the entire country, including just 67 in Pennsylvania. Brittany joins fellow Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurchak attorneys Julie Steinbacher and Amos Goodall as CELAs, giving the law firm three of 67 in the entire state, and three of just six total that practice in the greater Williamsport and State College areas combined. 

Preparation for the CELA designation is rigorous and a multi-stepped process. Applicants for the certification must have practiced law for at least five years, half of which must be in the special needs/elder law field for at least the last three of those years. They also must demonstrate substantial involvement in special needs and elder law practice by showing a minimum number of individual cases spread across a number of different categories making up the "elder law" definition. They also must complete a day-long written exam, of which passing rates are usually below 50%. Finally, applicants must undergo a review by peers and colleagues, focused on the applicant's reputation for ethical and competent representation in elder law and special needs planning matters. 

Brittany is licensed to practice law in both Pennsylvania and Virginia. She has been with Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurchak since 2015, and heads up the firm's long-term care planning and estate administration departments. Working in conjunction with long-term care planner and Certified Medicaid Planner Tammy Zilske, Brittany also handles Medicaid planning, guardianships, veterans benefits, special needs planning and tax planning clients. 

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