Karleigh A. Gangwer

Karleigh is a paralegal in Barley Snyder’s Trusts & Estates Practice Group where she assists with estate administrations. Karleigh is passionate about collaborating with others to complete estate plans that best serve the client’s needs.

Prior to joining Barley, Karleigh worked as a paralegal preparing post-nuptial agreements, complaints and deeds. She received her undergraduate degree from Kutztown University while also completing a collaborative ABA approved Paralegal Studies program with Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC). At LCCC, she was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Paralegal Honor Society.

Outside of the firm, Karleigh is an avid reader and she enjoys exploring various cities, museums and art galleries.

Corinne A. Crawford

Corinne is a paralegal in Barley Snyder’s Immigration and Employment practice groups, helping businesses with their employment-based sponsorship needs.

Corinne has experience in this often fast-paced role, previously working as an immigration paralegal in the Philadelphia area where she filed labor certifications for corporate clients. She helped clients compile documents, complete forms, and instructed employers through the recruitment process. Corinne also filed I-140s, I-485s and assisted with a variety of non-immigrant visa filings such as H-1B, F, O and J visa waivers. She enjoys facilitating employment sponsorship to help individuals succeed as well as supporting workforce diversity.

Corinne is a dedicated member of the Sweet Pea Project in Lancaster, Pa., a non-profit that offers support and guidance to families that have experienced the death of a baby. Corinne graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor of Arts in English, and she works in the firm’s Lancaster office.

Tracey McQuaid

Tracey is a paralegal in the firm’s Finance practice, helping guide clients through commercial loan transactions. She has spent over 30 years working for law firms, including more than 20 years of experience working with financial institutions.

She has experience assisting clients and attorneys with loan documents, SEC filings as well as banking and securities matters. With a background in real estate, Tracey has experience working with deeds, sheriff’s deeds and drafting loan documents.

Tracey is passionate about hospice care and began volunteering for Accent Care/Southeastern Health Care at Home in February 2021. She visits a hospice-care patient weekly.

Tracey works in the firm’s Lancaster and Reading offices.

Elaine N. Holehan

Elaine is a paralegal in Barley Snyder’s Trusts & Estates Practice Group where she assists with estate administrations for the firm. She received her Paralegal Professional Certificate from Villanova University and her undergraduate degree from Bryn Mawr College.

Outside of the firm, Elaine is active in her community, specifically with volunteering at local community libraries throughout Berks, Lancaster and Lebanon counties. She enjoys reading, gardening, and going on road trips along the East Coast. Originally from southeast Texas, Elaine currently resides in Ephrata with her husband and pet rabbit, Mr. Rochester.

Valerie L. Hays

As a former attorney, Valerie keenly understands the paralegal role at a law firm as a member of the Barley Snyder Trusts & Estates Practice Group. Valerie worked as an attorney in Arkansas before shifting gears to a paralegal role when she returned to the workforce after undertaking the role of stay-at-home mother to raise her children. Now in her role as a paralegal, she works in estate administration helping clients secure their future and the future of their families.

Outside of the office, Valerie enjoys photography, reading fiction, traveling, and creating various eclectic artistic projects in her spare time. She also relishes time spent with her 14-year-old daughter and 17-year-old son.

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Amy M. Daniels

Amy is a member of the firm’s Litigation and Employment practice groups. Through 20 years of experience as a paralegal, she has experience in:

  • Preparing and answering pleadings
  • Preparing and answering discovery
  • Reviewing discovery documents
  • Summarizing documents/records
  • Docket deadlines
  • Legal research
  • Client intakes
  • Preparation of corporate minutes
  • Business formations and incorporations
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Tara M. Miller

Tara recently has begun her career as a paralegal in the Barley Snyder Trusts & Estates Practice Group after working for two years as a paralegal assistant. As a paralegal, she has prepared inheritance tax returns, inventories, final status reports as well as communicated the process with the client. As a paralegal assistant, she interacted with the clients, prepared receipt and release documents, opened estate checking accounts, prepared transfer request forms, prepared checks for deposit and bill payments, among other tasks.

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Theresa A. Michio

With 16 years of experience as a paralegal, Theresa has handled all aspects of the estate administration process including preparing estate tax returns, marshalling assets, paying bills, calculating beneficiary distributions and preparing formal and informal accountings to settle estates.

Theresa enjoys working closely with each and every client to take them from beginning to end, by removing any pressure and burden from them during this emotional process. She also attends annual continuing education seminars to add to her experience.

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Linda Swanger

Linda’s career of working in different aspects of the legal system has brought her to Barley Snyder as a paralegal in the Trusts & Estates Practice Group. Her criminal justice degree in the Penn State University system led her to a career in probation departments across Pennsylvania where she had a first-hand look at the inner workings of the state’s legal system. During her time as a treatment specialist at the Dauphin County Prison, she assisted in the facility’s inmate law library. That sparked a new interest in the law, and she enrolled at Harrisburg Area Community College where she will soon complete her paralegal certification.

Linda is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Theta Kappa honor societies. Away from the office, the Florida native enjoys spending time with her family and her two cats.

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Melanie A. Taylor

Melanie has nearly 30 years of experience in the legal field, working mainly in estate planning and estate administration. As a member of the Barley Snyder Trusts & Estates Practice Group, she drafts:

  • Wills
  • Financial and health care powers of attorney
  • Irrevocable trusts
  • Revocable trusts
  • Gift tax returns
  • Inheritance tax returns
  • Guardianship petitions
  • Inventory and guardianship reports
  • Deeds

Melanie supplements her vast experience by attending Estate Law Pennsylvania Bar Institute seminars since 2016.

She lives in Wyomissing, with her husband, three sons, and their English mastiff, Marty. In her time away from the office, Melanie enjoys hiking, sailing and attending live concerts.

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