Attorneys Julie Steinbacher, CELA®, LLM, and Kathleen Yurchak have both been named to the 2022 Pennsylvania Business Central Top 100 People list. This annual list is published each January, and it recognizes 100 people representing various organizations from throughout Pennsylvania Business Central's 23-county footprint, which includes both Lycoming and Centre Counties, where two of Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurchak's four offices are located. The list highlights the vibrant economic and social life of central Pennsylvania by honoring the people who make it happen.
While the 2021 edition marks the second straight year that both Julie and Amos have been named to the list, both have now been honored on this list more than twice. This year marks Julie's fifth time on the Top 100 People list, and her third straight. In addition to 2020 and 2021, she was also named to the list in both 2016 and 2018. The founding shareholder of Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurchak, Julie is Certified as an Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation, has a "superb" AVVO rating for attorneys and has been named a Super Lawyer® for the last two straight years in Thomson Reuters' annual listing of the same name. Julie has lectured extensively for several organizations including the Elder Law Institute, Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants and many more, and is also the president of Estate & Long Term Care Planning, Inc. She has also authored several books in a Protect Your Family series that informs people about planning for the second half of life. Julie, along with Attorney Jenna Franks, co-published the 2021 Supplement to the Pennsylvania Trust Guide, which was published by the George T. Bisel Company, Inc. Julie is also a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), as she and Attorney Amos Goodall are two of only as two of only 98 attorneys in Pennsylvania to be ACTEC fellows, and two of only five in the northeast and north central region of Pennsylvania ranging from the Poconos and west beyond State College. Julie also recently attained her LLM degree in elder law and estate planning. An LLM is Master of Law degree, and a graduate qualification in the field of law. It was created for attorneys to further expand their knowledge or study a specialized area of law. See Julie's Top 100 People profile.
What do we mean when we talk about estate planning? Well, there's a lot that it entails, and to get into everything in depth, it takes a lot longer than just five minutes. But, in the Second Half of Life Podcast episode 51, Attorney Jenna Franks gives a short version of what we're generally talking about when we refer to estate planning. Jenna gives a few tips on what is most important to be aware of regarding Wills and Powers of Attorney, and also gives a tip about an unconventional place that some people keep their actual legal documents if they don't have a fireproof safe. She also offers advice about making sure adult children or another appointed person is aware about where documents and assets are located, even if you don't want to share too specific information about assets.
All episodes of the Second Half of Life Podcast can be found on the Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurchak website, as well as on most podcast directories, which includes Apple Podcasts, Spotify, TuneIn + Alexa, iHeartRadio, Stitcher, Podcast Addict, Google Podcasts, Podchaser, Deezer, Listen Notes, Bullhorn, Overcast, Pocket Casts, Castro, Castbox, Podfriend, Player FM, Podcast Index and Pandora.
View Video of Attorney Goodall Accepting the Award (his portion starts at approximately the 24:00 mark)
Attorney Amos Goodall, CELA, LLM, of the elder law firm of Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurchak, was recently presented with a 2021 Achieva Award of Excellence. These annual awards are presented each December by Achieva to "citizens and organizations that have done or achieved extraordinary things when helping people with disabilities lead lives of personal significance." Achieva is a non-profit organization located in the greater Pittsburgh area that provides lifelong support to people with disabilities and their families.
Attorney Goodall received the Excellence in Legal Services award during a virtual awards presentation held in December. This honor is presented to an attorney, law firm or legal department who have used their professional skills to enhance the lives of people with disabilities. Amos, who has been practicing law in Centre County since 1976, has worked with numerous individuals with special needs and their families over the course of his career on special needs planning and everything that it encompasses. He is a member of the Special Needs Alliance, an organization of leading elder law and disability law attorneys located throughout the country.