Category: Blog

Dec
06
2018

TURNING A “PAPER STREET” INTO PAPER DEED: DO YOU OWN ADJOINING PROPERTY AND NOT EVEN REALIZE IT?

Do you have rights to a paper street that would entitle you to ownership of an adjoining property and not even realize it? With the rise to prominence of subdivisions in developing areas, such as State College, comes a plethora of unique legal issues. In particular, the law has been asked to deal with not […]

Nov
20
2018

Attorney Todd J. Ciancarelli joins The Mazza Law Group

The Mazza Law Group is pleased to announce the addition of Attorney Todd J. Ciancarelli to the firm. Todd joins the firm after graduating from Penn State Law, during which time he worked as the firm’s legal intern. As a legal intern, Todd worked closely with the other attorneys at the firm on a wide […]

  • By: Joseph Swartz
  • Filed Under: Blog
Apr
27
2018

FIREARM RIGHTS RESTRICTED DUE TO MEDICAL MARIJUANA CARD

Obtaining a license to use medical marijuana prevents an individual from lawfully possessing a firearm. This can come as a shock to residents of Pennsylvania- which has recently enacted legislation permitting the possession and use of medical marijuana for serious medical conditions. However, the federal government has not legalized marijuana in any form, and the […]

Apr
19
2018

Alimony, Spousal Support and the Entitlement Defense

In divorce proceedings, one spouse often seeks to receive alimony or spousal support from the other. What is the difference? Alimony can be provided in a final divorce decree to the spouse with lower income and fewer assets. In contrast, spousal support can be ordered by the Court after a divorce complaint has been filed […]

Feb
27
2018

New Tax Laws Impact Alimony

The new U.S. tax law, known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, was approved by Congress on December 20, 2017 and went into effect in January 2018. The focus of the media coverage regarding the tax reforms so far has been related to tax brackets, tax rates and the potential effect of the new […]

Feb
13
2018

IS DRUG USE WHILE PREGNANT CONSIDERED CHILD ABUSE?

The Pennsylvania Superior Court has ruled that illegal drug use by a woman while pregnant could be considered child abuse after the child is born. If a child is born with injuries caused by the mother’s use of drugs, the baby could be defined as an abused child under the Child Protective Services Law (CPSL). […]