The Mazza Law Group, P.C.
2790 W. College Ave., Suite 800
State College, PA 16801 March 10, 2016
(814) 237-6255

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If you're searching for an attorney in State College, Pennsylvania, chances are you're going through a tough situation. You may feel like no one is on your side, especially if you are considering bankruptcy, have been charged with a criminal defense, or are filing or appealing a Social Security Disability claim. During this difficult time, you need someone you can trust.

At The Mazza Law Group, P.C., we understand your fears and concerns. Our firm dates back 57 years, and our attorneys have the experience needed to help you. We will be by your side every step of the way, protecting your rights and working toward the best outcome for you. We take pride in considering ourselves your lawyers, your neighbors, and your friends.

Legal matters are often confusing and complicated, requiring experience and strategy to successfully resolve. With a highly respected and experienced attorney behind you, you can rest easy knowing that your case is in good hands. The experienced attorneys at The Mazza Law Group, P.C. in State College, Pennsylvania to protect your rights.

We stay up to date with changes in our legal system. If you have questions about how any recent changes in the law may affect you, contact us today.

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New Divorce Law |victims of domestic violence

Beginning on June 21, 2016, changes to the divorce law will go into effect in Pennsylvania, allowing the Courts to consider convictions for some crimes of violence in deciding when a divorce decree may be issued.  Governor Wolf has signed Amendments to the divorce code into law.

The statute already allows spouses to enter a divorce by consent when ninety (90) days have passed after the filing of a divorce complaint alleging the marriage is irretrievably broken.  Soon the Court will be able to assume that a spouse has consented if they have been convicted of certain crimes against the other spouse.  In effect, it appears that one spouse will be able to submit a proposal for a divorce decree under the theory of “mutual consent,” and the Court can assume that the spouse who has been convicted of a crime of personal injury against the other spouse also consents to the divorce.  Crimes of “personal injury” include homicide, assault, kidnapping, human trafficking, and others, although it is hard to predict how homicide against a spouse will affect the Court’s ability to grant a divorce.  For purposes of this divorce law, “convicted” means “having been found guilty, having entered a plea of guilty, nolo contendere (no contest) or having been accepted into Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program.

The law will also change to prohibit the Court from requiring the parties to attend counseling if a Protection from Abuse (PFA) order has been entered against one of the parties and the protected spouse objects to counseling.  Divorce counseling will not be ordered if a party is convicted of a crime of personal injury against the other spouse.  These “convictions” and crimes of “personal injury” are defined in the same way as the ones related to consent for a divorce, as described above.

If your marriage is irretrievably broken, or if you have questions about the changes to Pennsylvania divorce law, contact the Mazza Law Group to consult with a family law attorney experienced in matters of divorce and custody.

 

Wills – Prince died without a Will

According to court documents filed by Prince’s sister, he died without a Will.  This might come as a shock for someone with a considerably large estate but not having a Will is more common than you think.  Have you made your Will? The importance of a Will is to provide direction for distribution of your […]

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Parental Alienation Awareness Day – 4/25

Parental Alienation, sometimes known as Hostile Aggressive Parenting,  is behavior by a parent which could cause alienation in the relationship between a child and the other parent. Parental Alienation occurs most often in divorce and custody disputes, where a child may be turned against a parent by a series of actions or statements by the […]

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Deferred Action for Immigrants

Deferred Action: Supreme Court to hear arguments regarding Executive Action to expand DACA  (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and DAPA (Deferred Action for parents of US Citizens and Permanent Residents). On Monday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments regarding President Obama’s executive actions to expand relief under certain programs meant to benefit certain immigrants who arrived as […]

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Attention: Pennsylvania Registered Nurse

As of October 17, 2015, a Pennsylvania Registered Nurse is now required to report pending criminal charges within 30 days of the filing of criminal charges. In addition, if you have received disciplinary action in another state you are required to report the final disposition to the Board within 90 days.  Pursuant to Title 49 of […]

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PA License Suspension for DUI Reversed

The Commonwealth Court has reversed a driver’s license suspension because the driver’s conviction for DUI was not reported to PennDOT for ten years after her conviction.  In Gingrich v. PennDOT, 748 C.D. 2015 , the driver was convicted of a DUI in 2004, but that conviction was not reported to PennDOT until 2014.  The driver […]

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Is it illegal recording a conversation with an Iphone app?

Yes- if the conversation is being taped surreptitiously- that is, secretly.  Illegal recording of a conversation is prohibited under the Pennsylvania Wiretapping and Electronic Surveillance Law.  A recent Superior Court holding in Commonwealth v. Smith determined that an iPhone is a device which falls under the Pennsylvania’s wiretap act.  The Superior Court ruled that an […]

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Penn State – Lawyer’s Letter to Parents

Penn State Lawyer

Dear Parents:  Is your son or daughter a Penn State Student and have they been contacted by an investigator or perhaps a law enforcement officer in the State College area? Chances are if you’re searching for lawyers you have ended up on this page for a reason.  The attorneys at The Mazza Law Group share […]

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Custody Agreement – Be Careful What you Bargain For

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A self-imposed financial penalty in a custody agreement was recently upheld by the Superior Court against a father who had agreed to pay damages for seeking a modification of his own child custody schedule.  In the matter of Huss v. Weaver, 2016 Pa. Super. 24, the Court held that the father’s custody agreement to pay […]

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Will my juvenile record be automatically expunged?

Many people have the mistaken belief that their juvenile record is expunged when they reach the age of 18.  While juvenile records are not available to the general public, your record is not automatically wiped clean at the age of 18, and records of charges, adjudications and dispositions can be maintained and viewed by law […]

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