Beacon Law

Helping you Navigate
the Legal System

If you need help through a complicated legal process, we are here to guide you. With years of experience in both York and Lancaster County, the lawyers at Beacon Law will be your counselors and advocates when you are in need of a beacon in the darkness.


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Our Team

Alina M. Dusharm, Esq.

Alina M. Dusharm, Esq.

Attorney Dusharm has a wide variety of knowledge and experience in numerous areas of practice, but currently concentrates her work on child custody, support, and children and youth cases in York County. She specializes in complex custody matters that often involve various other "problems" including PFAs, criminal charges, children and youth investigations, and dependency matters. Attorney Dusharm's strength that she brings to the firm is her dedication to finding a good result no matter how bleak the circumstances.

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Attorney Dusharm’s experience includes Federal Court cases including Fourth Amendment civil rights cases, such as police brutality and prisoners’ rights violations, as well as workers compensation and personal injury.

Attorney Dusharm is actively involved in her church, New Life Assembly of God, as a board member, teacher, and a Bible Quiz coach. In her free time, she loves to crochet, participate in competitive volleyball, and play board games with her husband and children.

Mark T. Montanye, Esq.

Mark T. Montanye, Esq.

Attorney Montanye focuses his practice primarily in criminal defense and family law matters in Lancaster County, including child custody, support and divorce.

Attorney Montanye has years of experience in both Pennsylvania and New York. At the beginning of his career, Attorney Montanye served Essex County, New York as an assistant district attorney and later served as an assistant county attorney.

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He also served as the Essex County Public Defender representing indigent defendants in various criminal matters ranging from traffic misdemeanors to serious felonies. Prior to relocating to Pennsylvania, Attorney Montanye managed a private law practice in Saratoga County, New York where he handled family law and criminal law matters, as well as real estate transactions, formation and management of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, school law, and employment law. Since moving to Pennsylvania, Attorney Montanye has mainly been handling child custody, divorce, support, wills/estates, and criminal defense matters in York and Lancaster County.

Attorney Montanye is now admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of New York. He is a member of the Pennsylvania and New York Bar Associations, as well as the Lancaster Bar Associations. He resides in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania with his wife and family and worships at Mount Joy Mennonite Church.

Melissa M. Rivera, Esq.

Melissa M. Rivera, Esq.*

Melissa Merritts Rivera brings a wealth of experience and practical knowledge to our firm as she has been practicing law since 1994 in the areas of personal injury, worker’s compensation, civil litigation, family law and adoptions. Attorney Rivera can identify issues early on in a case, working with the client towards the best outcome. This is just one of the many reasons why she is an attribute to our firm. Attorney Rivera concentrates her practice in the area of adoption law in York, Lancaster, Cumberland and Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.

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Attorney Rivera is a member of the U. S. Middle District Federal Court, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, and is a member of the Lancaster and York County Bar Associations, as well as the Pennsylvania Bar Association. Attorney Rivera is a graduate of Millersville University in PA, and a graduate of Widener University School of Law. She is married and has two children attending college.

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Cynthia R. Dennes

Cynthia R. Dennes

Cindy has worked in the legal field as a paralegal for over 16 years, in York and Lancaster counties. Cindy primarily focuses on family law, but also has experience in real estate and estate planning areas of law.

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Cindy has been a member of the Lancaster Area Paralegal Association since 2007, and is currently the Vice-President and Special Events committee chairperson. Additionally, Cindy holds the title of Pennsylvania Certified Paralegal through the Keystone Alliance of Paralegal Association, and has been has been a notary public since 2004 through the Pennsylvania Association of Notaries. Cindy is also a member of Holy Spirit Lutheran Church in Lancaster.

Beside the practical side of being employed as a paralegal, Cindy brings knowledge, compassion, and enthusiasm to each and every client Beacon Law serves. As an example, one former client published a Google review stating “we have worked with Cindy for so long she feels like family”.

Cindy will work tirelessly and provide excellent assistance to the Beacon Law attorneys and clients alike.

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Areas of Practice

Please contact us to find out if our dedicated team can help you.
Here are some of our firm’s specialties:

  • Custody
  • Wills/Estates
  • Child Support
  • Criminal Defense
  • Protection from Abuse (PFA)
  • Third-party & Grandparent Custody
  • Divorce
  • Children & Youth/Dependency Cases
  • Adoptions

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3701 Carlisle Rd., Dover, PA 17315
Mon-Fri, 8:30am - 5:00pm

Phone: 717-931-0111
Fax: 717-308-4113