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By H. Amos Goodall, Jr., CELA*

In 2005, Congress passed the REAL ID act, establishing standards for identification documents for certain purposes. Since most folks will use driver’s licenses to establish their identity, by October 20, 2020, every state and territory resident will need to present identification documents which comply with the REAL ID Act in order to obtain a “REAL ID compliant” driver’s license or identification card. For driving purposes in Pennsylvania, a REAL ID license is not required.

Under the Act, REAL ID cards are required for accessing nuclear power plants or federal facilities not open to the general public, and boarding commercial aircraft. There are probably very few readers of this article who need to access nuclear power plants who do not already have appropriate documentation, and the same is true for sections of federal facilities not open to the general public. Nevertheless, after October 20, 2020 in order to board a commercial aircraft, using a state-issued driver’s license, it will be necessary that the license meet REAL ID standards.

Julieanne Steinbacher, Esq., founding shareholder of Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurchak, and founder of the National Alliance of Attorneys for Alzheimer’s Planning (N3AP), as well as Kristin Daugherty, long-term care planner, Certified Medicaid Planner™ and Certified Dementia Practitioners®, recently traveled to Tempe, Ariz., from Jan. 31 to Feb. 1 to meet with over 75 other leading elder law attorneys and key staff from across the nation. Presentations focused on Alzheimer’s and dementia planning; employee engagement in elder law firms; creating dementia friendly environments and included two options for dementia care certification training with the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP). Guest speakers included Matt Paxton, speaker, podcaster and host of the hit TV show Hoarders and new show Legacy List; Nellie Stolarz, Vice President of Training with NCCDP; members of the N3AP Steering Committee; SHRM-SCP, Kolbe Certified Consultant Julie Shore; and publisher, author and coach, Mike Capuzzi.

Julieanne Steinbacher, Esq., CELA and H. Amos Goodall, Esq., CELA, LLM, have been named to the Pennsylvania Business Central Top 100 People of 2020. This annual list, which is published each January, recognizes 100 people representing large and small businesses and nonprofits from throughout Pennsylvania Business Central's 23-county footprint, which includes both Lycoming and Centre Counties, where Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurchak has offices. This list highlights and celebrates the Top 100 people in business and economic development who have made a dynamic impact on their organizations and communitities. 

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