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Henry Amos Goodall Jr.

Estate planning Attorney at State College, PA

5.0   5 reviews

also known as Amos Goodall

  • Licensed for 49 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1974
    Status
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3
Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    40%

    50 years, 3,500 cases

  2. Elder law
    30%

    50 years, 7,500 cases

  3. Wills and living wills
    30%

    50 years, 5,500 cases

Amos Goodall has been practicing law in Centre County since 1976, and is currently affiliated with the elder care and special needs planning firm of Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurchak. Amos is Certified as an Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation of which he is 2016 President elect, and also serves on the Elder Law Certifying Exam Drafting Committee. He is a Fellow both of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), and is a member of the Special Needs Alliance, an organization of leading elder law and disability law attorneys located throughout the country.

Amos is a contributing author for Lexis Nexis “Tax, Estate & Financial Planning for the Elderly” and “Tax, Estate & Financial Planning for the Elderly: Forms & Practice”. He has been recognized as a pre-eminent attorney by Martindale-Hubell since 1992 and has been named as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in the area of Elder Law by Philadelphia Magazine every year since that category was created. Amos has been recognized for a number of years in the list of Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of elder law, and this year was identified as the Best Elder Lawyer in central Pennsylvania. In 2016, Amos was appointed to the Advisory Council of the Center for Excellence in Elder Law at Stetson University College of Law. Amos is a member of the PA General Assembly–Joint State Commission on Decedents’ Estates Laws; The PA Bar Association, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, Inc., Board of Directors; The American Bar Association, Military Pro Bono Project, “Operation Standby”.

Amos received his bachelor of arts degree from Franklin and Marshall College, his juris doctor from Fordham University School of Law, and his LL.M. in Elder Law from Stetson University. As a long time resident of Centre County, Amos’ many community service commitments include the Centre County Community Foundation Board of Directors; incorporator and solicitor with The Centre County Farmland Trust; Halfmoon Township solicitor; Foxdale Village agency solicitor; State College Friends School agency solicitor; Center County Bar Association, Centre County Legal Journal Associate Editor; University Baptist and Brethren church, church counsel.

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

A 1974 graduate of Fordham University School of Law, he has practiced and been involved in the Centre County community since 1976. During that time, he has worked in a variety of matters from capital murder defense cases to class action prosecutions. His current clients include municipalities, banks and credit unions, large landlords, a retirement community, several homeowners associations, a number of businesses and many individuals. He is also solicitor to the Fraternal Order of Police Organization which includes central Pennsylvania police personnel.

Mr. Goodall is a Certified Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation and is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. He advises persons and families with estate planning concerns, competency issues and estate administrations. For a number of years, he was solicitor to the Register of Wills. He was awarded an Estate Practice certificate by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. Mr. Goodall was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel by the College's Board of Regents. He is the only Centre County lawyer to be so honored.

Mr. Goodall's practice has included a number of cases of first impression, including, in 1978, the first proceeding under Pennsylvania's then-homicide by vehicle law, in 1992, the first proceeding under Pennsylvania's current guardianship law, and in 1999, the first proceeding before the Pennsylvania Charter School Appeal Board. He is frequently in Court on estate, probate and competency matters. Mr. Goodall has clerked for a number of judges including a New York City Criminal Court Judge (now NY Supreme Court Justice), a Federal Magistrate (now U.S. District Judge, S.D.N.Y.) and the Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Mr. Goodall studied at the American College in Paris, University of South Carolina and is a 1970 graduate of Franklin and Marshall College.

Mr. Goodall has extensive involvement in community affairs. He has been solicitor to the Centre County Youth Service Bureau since 1977 and to the Centre County United Way since 1988. His community service awards include (1991) Pennsylvania Bar Association Pro Bono Service Award, (1992) Centre County Youth Service Bureau R. Paul Campbell Award, (1996) IOLTA Board Recognition Award, (2000) Clearwater Conservancy Award for Thompson Wood Project. With his children, he has been involved in serval international projects.

A frequent lecturer on ethics and Elder Law topics, Mr. Goodall was a member of the Pennsylvania Judicial Inquiry and Review Board and is a Hearing Committee member for the Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board.

Location

Henry Amos Goodall Jr.
Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurchak
328 S. Atherton Street
State College, PA, 16801

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Posted by Randy | December 22, 2011
Savvy and meets my needs
Mr. Goodall reviewed my documents when I moved to Pennsylvania, and, while he did not suggest major changes, he found some important things my prior lawyer missed.
Posted by Robert | December 22, 2011
He really listens
I had been to several other lawyers who tried to make my needs fit their pre-conceived plans. Mr. Goodall took the time to listen to me and design an estate plan that fit me like a glove. He also made some very helpful suggestions.
Posted by anonymous | July 31, 2007
Great Solutions
He found a solution of what to do for my special needs shild, when other lawyers were clueless
Posted by anonymous | July 23, 2007
Innovative
This lawyer found a unique solution to my problem. He has a vast knowledge of the law abd how it applied to me.
Posted by anonymous | July 18, 2007
Estate Planning
Mr. Goodall listened to my explanation of my family situation and prepared a will that covered my unusual situation.

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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Private Practice
  • 1976 - Present
  • Law Clerk
  • US District Court, MDPa
  • 1974 - 1976
  • Law Clerk
  • US District Court, SD NY
  • 1973 - 1974
  • Law Clerk
  • NYC Criminal Court
  • 1973 - 1973
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Education

  • Stetson University College of Law
  • LLM
  • 2010
  • Fordham University School of Law
  • JD
  • 1974
  • Franklin and Marshall College
  • AB
  • 1970
  • American College in Paris
  • 1967
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Associations

  • Stetson University College of Law
  • Advisory Board
  • 2016 - Present
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Fellow
  • 2005 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Trustee
  • 2002 - Present
  • 2001 - Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Trustee, Trust SIG
  • 1998 - Present
  • Pensylvania Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers
  • founding Board Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Former Chair
  • 1986 - Present
  • Board Member
  • 1992 - 1993
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Honors and Awards

  • Pennsylvania Lawyer of the Year
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • 2017
  • Theresa Award
  • Theresa Alessandra Russo Foundation
  • 2017
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • FindLaw
  • 2005
  • Wilkinson Community Service Award
  • Center for Alternatives in Community Justice
  • 2003
  • Volunteer for Thompsons Woods Preserve Project
  • ClearWater Conservancy
  • 2000
  • Pro Bono Publica
  • Keystone Legal Services
  • 1995
  • Service Recognition
  • Pennsylvania Judicial Inquiry and Review Board
  • 1993
  • Campbell Volunteer of the Year
  • Centre County Youth Service Bureau
  • 1992
  • Outstanding Contributions to Pro Bono Services in PA
  • 1991
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Publications

  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI)
  • An Overview of Revocable Trusts
  • 2007
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI)
  • Trust Planning for Minors
  • 2007
  • Trusts & Estates
  • Sad Reward
  • 2006
  • Centre Daily Times
  • Heir Today and Gone Tomorrow
  • 2006
  • Centre Daily Times
  • Ethical Wills
  • 2006
  • Active Life
  • Is There a Hippo in Your Doctor's Office
  • 2005
  • Colorado Lawyer
  • Is Senility Revserible?
  • 2005
  • Trusts & Estates
  • Is Your Client Really Senile?
  • 2004
  • Trusts & Estates
  • The Gift of Education
  • 2003
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Speaking Engagements

  • National Structured Settlement Trade Association Lecture at Notre Dame Law School
  • Government Benefit Programs
  • 2019
  • iHeart Radio Program
  • Parents Are Hard to Raise: Emergency Preparedness: Steps You Need to Take in Advance
  • 2019
  • Foxdale Village seminar
  • Family Involvement in Estate Planning: Three Key Elements
  • 2019
  • Altoona Curve Baseball Club
  • Estate Planning 101
  • 2019
  • The Arc of Blair County
  • Legal and Financial Services: Guardianship, Able Act, and Trusts
  • 2018
  • Schlow Library Public Seminar
  • Charitable Donations in the New Millennium
  • 2018
  • iHeart Radio Program
  • Parents Are Hard to Raise: Recent Changes to Veterans Benefit Regulations
  • 2018
  • Foxdale Village seminar
  • Estate Planning Documents Every Senior Needs to Consider
  • 2018
  • Estate Law Institute
  • Estate Planning for Heirs with Disabilities
  • 2018
  • Centre Region Down Syndrome Association
  • Planning for Our Children
  • 2018
  • University of Arkansas School of Law
  • Medicare
  • 2017
  • Stetson College of Law
  • Medicaid
  • 2017
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • Small Estates Legislative Update: Practice & Procedure, Payment, and Special Considerations
  • 2017
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • Death and Taxes
  • 2017
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Summit
  • Medicaid Planning and the Code of Processional Responsibility
  • 2017
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Missouri chapter)
  • Aspirational Standards
  • 2017
  • Estate Law Institute
  • Use of Life Insurance in Estate Planning
  • 2017
  • Centre County Bar Association Lunch & Learn
  • Tools in the Toolbox: Estate Planning for the Disability Community
  • 2017
  • State College Community Seminar
  • Planning for the Second Half of Life in these Political and Economical Times
  • 2015
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute's 18th Annual Elder Law Institute
  • Elder Law Tips for New (and Not so New) Attorneys
  • 2015
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Webinar
  • E-Networking - The Legal Community's Party Line
  • 2015
  • Use of Trusts in Estate Planning
  • Use of Trusts in Estate Planning
  • 2007
  • Community Academy for Lifelong Learning
  • The Sad Case of Vickie Lynn Marshall/Anna Nicole Smith
  • 2007
  • Community Academy for Lifelong Learning
  • Legal Issues Facing Seniors
  • 2007
  • Bench Bar Day
  • The Lights are On; Maybe Somebody's Home--Advancing Senility
  • 2004
  • Elder Law Institute
  • Establishing a Rural Elder Law Practice
  • 2003
  • Elder Law Institute
  • Basic Medicare, Medigap and Long Term Care Ins
  • 2002
  • CLE
  • What Every Lawyer Needs To Know About Elder Law
  • 2001
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Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (9)
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Elder law Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Amos Goodall is well known, both locally and nationally, for his expertise in the area of elder law. Many attorneys, including fellow certified elder law attorneys, look to Amos for guidance as he is truly a pioneer in this field. His service to the Pennsylvania elder law community is more than appreciated. I had the pleasure of co-presenting with him at a seminar and he is not only extremely knowledgeable, but personable and witty as well."
Probate Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Elder law Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer.Amos as he is known by his friends, is a very knowledgeable attorney. if you hired him, he could help you solve your problem. His analytical skills are the best. He woud represent you very well."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Elder law Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Amos and I have worked together in a professional organization. He is conscientious and thoughtful, and excellent at working with people to achieve common goals. His knowledge of elder law combined with his litigation background make an impressive combination. I look forward to working with him again."
Elder law Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Amos for a number of years now. We attended LL.M coursework together and Amos was a leader in the class. Amos is a national leader for all elder law attorneys. Amos is one of the good guys and I would trust him with any elder law matter."
Elder law Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Other
"I first met Amos at a conference in 2000 and have come to know him for his incisive and thoughful counsel, combined with his compassion and integrity. He is one of the nationally recognized attorneys upon which the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys is built."
Elder law Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommned Amos for any senior or senior's family who is searching for a very competent and ethical attorney who can help navigage the complicated maze of laws that apply when families are looking to protect life savings and qualify for applicable public benefits. I would work with Amos if my own familiy was needing such advice, which is about the best compliment I can give to a colleague."
Trusts Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Amos Goodall is nationally known for the breadth of his legal knowledge and his common-sense approach to problem solving. He holds an LLM in elder law (he's one of the first in the country), is certified as an elder law attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation (holding a CELA certification), and is actively involved in the national and local legal communities in which he works. He is one of the best."
Elder law Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Elder law Attorney | Oct 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Amos is an active member of the Elder Law Bar on both a state and national level and does excellent work. Rob Clofine"
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State College Estate planning Lawyer Henry Amos Goodall Jr.
Henry Amos Goodall Jr.
Estate planning Attorney
State College, PA
Licensed for 49 years