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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Jesse Elliott
Jesse Elliott

5 out of 5 stars

posted 3 months ago

I would highly recommend The Mazza Law Group. I really appreciate the ease of getting through to the staff that you need to speak with. Everyone is always ready and willing to help when needed. They do a very good job with their work.

Emily Bennett
Emily Bennett

5 out of 5 stars

posted 4 weeks ago

I had a great experience working with the Mazza Law Group. My attorney was really available to me and I'm happy with the outcome of my case. What more can you ask for?

Melany Tapia
Melany Tapia

5 out of 5 stars

posted 7 months ago

Mazza Law Group has been representing me for several years. And while their professionalism, advice, and knowledge has always impressed me, what impresses me most is that they put what is best for the client first. They do not feed off emotions; they talk you down when necessary and recommend the course of action that would result in the best possbile outcome for the client. Attorney Steve Trialonas and Attorney Judith Homan are knowledgeable and exceedingly helpful; and the wizard behind the curtain is Christine Meenan; always helpful, knowledgeable and kind. If she doesn't know the answer off hand, you can be assured she'll find out for you. I am so grateful that the Mazza Law group was recommended to me by a friend and I will never use another law firm.

Immigration Law – Student Visa

Student Visa – Immigration Law: Extension of Optional Training Period for certain foreign students extended- new rules take effect May 10, 2016

An immigration benefit for students has recently been expanded.  Certain foreign nationals with student visas who earn degrees from US institutions of higher education in the fields of science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) may remain in the country for Optional Practical Training (OPT) after completing their studies.  Students with student visas who have been granted permission to remain in the United States for twelve months of OPT may now extend their stay for an additional 24 months, pursuant to rules set forth by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and which go into effect on May 10, 2016. This replaces the prior 17-month extension that was already in effect.  In order to qualify, the OPT must be in same field as the student’s primary area of study.

Along with the additional immigration benefit, regulations and oversight have been put into place along with this extension.  For example, employers must provide a formal training plan, DHS may conduct announced and unannounced site visits, and US full, part-time, permanent or temporary workers may not be replaced by students in OPT programs.  Students and employers will also be required to complete evaluations and report their progress to DHS throughout the period of training. They must also report any changes to the training program or employment status.

These regulations may benefit many current students and recent graduates of Penn State.  If you are a student or an employer and have a question about a student visa or other immigration law matter, call The Mazza Law Group to speak with an immigration lawyer who can explain your rights and the benefits for which you may be eligible.

Hearsay Evidence at Preliminary Hearing

Hearsay is a statement that the declarant does not make while testifying at the current hearing or trial and is offered for the truth of the matter asserted.  Rules of Evidence allow this type of evidence in certain cases but under limited circumstances.  A point of contentions in Pennsylvania is whether this type of evidence […]

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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 […]

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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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