About Steph Weber

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Steph Weber is an award-winning journalist specializing in healthcare, business, and law. She has written for Physicians Practice, Medscape, and Rheumatology Network and created content for several other industry publications, companies, and colleges. As a frequent Super Lawyers contributor, she enjoys drilling down complex legal topics into bite-sized, actionable advice for readers and interviewing the nation’s leading attorney voices, highlighting their most memorable achievements and lessons learned. She lives in Northern Indiana.

Articles written by Steph Weber

Is a Living Trust Right for You?

Why the estate planning option can have distinct advantages over a will

A living trust is an estate planning tool that, like a will, allows people to make end-of-life decisions about what happens to their assets and belongings after death. What Is the Difference Between a Living Trust and a Will? What’s the difference between these two legal documents? Generally, a will (short for “last will and testament”) accomplishes the distribution of assets to beneficiaries and dependents (such as minor children) upon death. By contrast, a living trust first houses the …

Navigating Surrogacy in New York: Legal Insights for Intended Parents

An inside look at the legalities of New York surrogacy

After many years of lagging behind most of the nation, New York state, thanks to a recent law, has made it easier to expand a family through gestational surrogacy. The Child-Parent Security Act (CPSA), which took effect in 2021, created a path for establishing parental rights for those using assisted reproductive technology to have children. An Important Change in the New York Law of Surrogacy Before that, New York was one of only a few states that forbade hiring someone to carry a child, says …

Advocacy, Class Actions and Food Trucks

Beth Terrell takes on cases and causes for those without a voice

Beth Terrell is in the midst of another sleep-deprived 80-hour week, handling depositions for a multimillion-dollar discrimination suit against the University of Washington Police Department. She is representing five Black officers who allege they experienced severe racial discrimination while working at the university. Most of their accounts date back to 2017. Raised in rural Idaho, Terrell got a degree in philosophy and political science from Gonzaga, then headed for Northern California in …

When Fences Don’t Make Good Neighbors in Florida

How to deal with neighbor property disputes in Florida

For many people, owning a home is a dream come true. But when neighbors encroach on your turf, it can become the stuff of nightmares. “Property rights are very personal,” says Brendan Sweeney, a real estate attorney at Sweeney Law in Fort Lauderdale. “People become focused on their property lines and obsess about them.” Fueled by high emotions, the disagreements can steamroll into “litigation on steroids.” Know Your Boundaries   If you suspect a neighbor is violating your …

What To Do When You’re Injured by a Product in New York

Legal options when something you’ve purchased is more harmful than helpful

Most products are designed to make consumers’ lives easier or safer. When the opposite happens—and injury or irreparable harm results—a lawsuit against the manufacturer may become necessary.  “Product liability cases commonly involve medical devices, automobiles, aviation, and retail products such as defective coffee machines,” says Marie Napoli, a personal injury lawyer and founding partner at Napoli Shkolnik in New York City. She says injuries can be wide-ranging: “Traumatic …

Justice Shall Be Done

The cases Robert McCampbell worked as a U.S. attorney

Robert McCampbell has been a business litigator for most of his 40-year career, with two notable exceptions: From 1987 to 1994, he served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma, as well as chief of the office’s financial fraud unit; and, following the 2000 presidential election, he returned to assume the district’s top spot, U.S. attorney. “One of my friends at the district office called me and said, ‘What if you tried to come back and get appointed?’” …

After an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

How to memorialize your wishes with a carefully crafted estate plan

For the six million Americans currently living with Alzheimer’s and the 14 million expected to receive a dementia diagnosis by 2060, creating an estate plan is a crucial part of preparing for what’s to come. At a minimum, a plan should include a will, power of attorney, and a health care proxy detailing how assets should be distributed upon death and appointing individuals to make financial and medical decisions. “You want to act sooner than later for the primary reason that it’s …

What Happens If You File for Bankruptcy Multiple Times

Only the timing matters, New York attorneys say

According to the American Bankruptcy Institute, New Yorkers filed approximately 15,000 bankruptcies in 2021—and have filed more than 230,000 since 2014. What the institute doesn’t track is how many of those filings came from those who’ve already gone through at least one bankruptcy. “There’s absolutely nothing in the law that prevents somebody from filing bankruptcy multiple times,” says Michael Kasen, a consumer bankruptcy attorney at Kasen & Kasen. “But some of the benefits …

Act Global

Claudia Salomon’s rise to the top of the International Court of Arbitration

In July 2021, Claudia Salomon began a three-year term as president of the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Court of Arbitration. It was a groundbreaking moment. She was both the first woman and the first person from North America to hold the position. The ICC, which began in the aftermath of World War I, “engages with people from all over the world as we do the work of the Court to review draft arbitration awards and assess challenges to arbitrators to assure independence …

Can Florida Police Search Your Car in a Traffic Stop?

Maybe—that’s why knowing your rights is key

Routine traffic stops are common in Florida. In 2020, police officers issued 250,000 citations in Miami-Dade County alone for moving vehicle offenses ranging from speeding to broken taillights. But when it happens to you, it can be an unnerving experience, especially when the officer catches you off guard by requesting to search your vehicle.  “Generally, the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution requires police to obtain a warrant prior to conducting a search,” says Mark Eiglarsh, a …

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