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Welcome to Luallen, Cearlock, Barth & Burnam, Ltd.  Certified Public Accountants and Consultants

Over the last 60 years, Luallen, Cearlock Barth & Burnam, Ltd. has built its reputation on providing exceptional accounting, tax, audit and bookkeeping services for our clients throughout the Vandalia, Greenville, and Highland, Illinois areas.  The firm's professionals bring a wealth of experience in accounting, tax and business consulting services to help you and your business succeed.  We understand the financial challenges that our families and business owners face and are here to help you pursue your goals.  At Luallen, Cearlock, Barth & Burnam, Ltd., we are not just accountants, we are your trusted financial partners.

For over 20 years, Joe Cearlock has been providing Financial Planning and Wealth Management Services to his clients.  With over 30 years experience as a CPA, he can consolidate the financial planning processes of investment, retirement, income tax, estate and risk management planning all in one office.

Our offices are conveniently located at 1007 North Eight St, Vandalia, IL, 114 North Second St, Greenville, IL and 1101 Main St, Highland, IL.

Investment and financial planning services are offered by Joseph Cearlock through his affiliation with HD Vest.

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