Marianne M. Stivala


JJoining the firm 28 years ago, Attorney Stivala is well versed in Elder Law, Estate Planning, Probate and Administration for all variations of family structures; health care directives; business formation and incorporation; business sales and acquisitions; drafting of commercial and individual contracts; and liquor license transfers. A B.S. graduate of the University of Scranton and J.D. graduate of the Widener University School of Law, she is licensed to practice in the courts of Pennsylvania and U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Current memberships include Lackawanna County and Pennsylvania Bar Associations and Elder Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.


Elder & Estate Law

Experienced representation and concern in helping our clients preserve their assets and plan for the unexpected. We assist with Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts, Health Care Directives and Powers of Attorney and additionally handle Probate and Estate Administration, helping our clients through this difficult time. It is our role to support the decisions of our clients and prevent the law from dictating against their wishes.

Real Estate Law

Experienced representation in all phases of real estate transactions: Home Purchases, Home Sales, Financing, Refinancing, Commercial Sales, Commercial Purchases and Land Use Planning. We are a licensed Title Insurance Agent with over thirty years of experience that own and operate a title abstract company known as ETA Inc., issuing Title Insurance through First American Title Insurance. Our clients can rely on us to guide them through the entire process from initial Agreement of Sale through Closing.

Business Law

Experienced representation in the Formulation of Small Businesses as well as the Sales and Purchases of Existing Businesses; expertly creating entities most suitable for our clients, whether it’s a Corporation, Partnership, Limited Liability Company or a Sole Proprietorship. We handle the purchases and sales of all businesses and have over thirty years of experience in the transference of liquor licenses during the sale of restaurants and bars. Paying close attention to all the details ensures that our clients are always secure in their decisions.

Civil Law

Experienced representation in civil actions before all levels of the Judiciary; representing businesses and individuals in Social Security Disability Claims, Contract Disputes, License Violations, Monetary Disputes and Personal Injury Cases. In the instance of specialized personal injury cases, we direct a network of highly vetted firms which are experts within specified areas of personal injury. We guide our clients to the appropriate firm and then continue to provide assistance and guidance throughout the relationship.

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania - 2001 / Present

Memberships & Associations

  • The Lackawanna Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association - Elder Law Section


  • University of Scranton - 1997
  • Widener University School of Law - 2000

Client Testimonials

  • “My divorce was especially painful; I was lucky to have Brian and his staff there every step of the way.”

  • “When I began the purchase of my home, I was simply scared. I called the firm and from the beginning to the end, their process was flawless. Their expertise and concern for me made for a pleasant experience.”

  • “At the time in which my Dad got older, he needed to make plans for his estate and assets. The staff of this office was kind, caring and understanding with my father. Not only did they draft the estate plan and the documents he needed, when he passed, they helped probate his estate. They did the best job for our family.”

  • “As soon as I met with the firm and found that they prioritized my needs as well as my child’s needs, I knew I was in the right hands.”

  • “We decided to get into the restaurant business and were warned of the complicated and difficult procedure of buying a business and obtaining a liquor license. Brian and his staff made the entire experience seamless and easy, their professionalism ensuring the transfer of the liquor license on time to start our dream.”

  • “I really messed up by drinking too much and ultimately, getting arrested. The lawyers guided me through the criminal process, secured the help I needed and counseled me through this difficult time. I couldn’t have done it without them.”

  • “Brian and his firm were responsive to all of my needs during my divorce, always returned my phone calls, answered my questions and helped me through the difficult time.”

  • “Last year my restaurant was cited by the LCB for a liquor violation. The staff knew what they were doing; guiding me through the system, the result was outstanding. I learned from what occurred and now have the business running without any issues.”