Attorney Julie Steinbacher, the owner and founding shareholder of Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurchak, has been named a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). The ACTEC is a national organization of more than 2,500 attorneys and law professors that are peer-elected to membership. Members are called "fellows," and they represent the best and brightest in the trust and estate practice, with years of experience representing and advising individuals and families.
Julie, who is also a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) through the National Elder Law Foundation, joins Attorney Amos Goodall as a fellow in the ACTEC. Julie and Amos are two of only 96 attorneys in Pennsylvania to be ACTEC fellows, and are two of only five attorneys in ACTEC from the northeast and north central portion of Pennsylvania ranging from the Poconos and west through the State College area. They are also the only ACTEC fellows in both the greater Williamsport and State College areas.
Founded in 1949, the ACTEC is made up of attorneys and law professors that are skilled and experienced in the preparation of wills and trusts, estate planning, probabte procedure and administration of trusts. To qualify for membership, an attorney must have at least 10 years of experience in the active practice of probate and trust law or estate planning, and must be elected to be fellows based on their outstanding reputation, exceptional skill and substantial contributions to the field through writing, lecturing, teaching and participating in bar activities.
Fellowship in the ACTEC is just the latest honor for Julie, who has garnered several honors throughout her career, including several in just the last year. During 2020, Julie was named to the Pennsylvania Business Central Top 100 People list for the third time in 2020, and was also named to the same publication's annual Women Making a Difference list. She was also selected as a Super Lawyer® by Thomson Reuters in its annual list of the same name in 2020. A Magna Cum Laude graduate of Widener University School of Law, Julie founded the law firm Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurchak in 2002, and she sits on the board of Hope Enterprises, Inc. and also is a trustee for the YWCA of North Central Pennsylvania.