Stephanie Wiegand, Esq.
Stephanie Wiegand, Esq.
Stephanie Wiegand is a Partner at the firm who concentrates a majority of her practice on matters involving General Civil Litigation, Community Association Law, Landlord/Tenant Law, and Collections. Ms. Wiegand started at the firm as an Associate in 2014 and regularly appears in court throughout New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. She regularly attends proceedings in New Jersey Law Division, Special Civil, Landlord/Tenant, and Municipal courts, New York Supreme Court, Civil Court, and housing courts, and Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas and Magisterial District Courts.
Ms. Wiegand has represented the firm’s clients in various complex litigation involving breach of contract, fraud, and breach of warranty of habitability. More recently, Ms. Wiegand successfully defended a lawsuit for a client and obtained a $70,000 money judgment in the client’s favor for the plaintiff’s breach of contract and frivolous litigation. She also successfully defended and resolved a lawsuit involving alleged habitability, damage, and personal injury claims. She continues to vigorously defend lawsuits on behalf of her clients and prosecute claims for clients, while balancing and considering their financial and business needs.
Ms. Wiegand has also successfully handled to completion a number of nonpayment of rent, notices cases, and Marini hearings for issues involving habitability claims for her clients. She also provide thorough lease drafting and lease reviews. In addition, Ms. Wiegand has represented the firm’s Community Association clients in mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolutions.
She also has experience negotiating transition issues involving construction defects for the firm’s Community Association clients. Further, her day-to-day practice involves assisting clients with immediate needs, trouble-shooting for managers, resolving tenancy issues or Association membership concerns, and negotiating contracts, releases, and settlement agreements for her clients.
Ms. Wiegand is a member of the Community Associations Institute New Jersey Chapter (CAI-NJ) and was a committee person for three years, including chairperson in 2017. She is also a Certified Mediator through CAI-NJ. Additionally, Ms. Wiegand has presented at numerous seminars, including the New Jersey Apartment Association (NJAA) Fair Housing & Beyond, the National Apartment Association (NAA) Certified Apartment Manager (CAM) Fair Housing & Legal Responsibility, and Landlord-Tenant Law: Lease Agreements, Defaults, and Collections. She has also presented several other seminar on various topics to clients, managers, and other including fair housing, landlord/tenant law, collections, and rent receivership.
She has been selected to the New Jersey Super Lawyers – Rising Stars for 2018, 2019, and 2020. Ms. Wiegand received her Juris Doctor from New York Law School, where she graduated cum laude and served on the Law Review as a member and a Managing Editor. Prior to law school, she received a BA degree from the University of Delaware, where she also graduated cum laude.
News & Announcements
NEW YORK EXTENDS MORATORIUM ON EVICTIONS AND FORECLOSURES
May 12, 2021
On May 4, 2021, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed 2021 N.Y. SB 6362A. The Act amends chapter 381 of the 2020 laws establishing the “COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2020,” as well as chapter 73 of the 2021 laws establishing the “COVID-19 Emergency Protect Our Small Business Act of 2021.”
New Department of Health Pool Standards
May 11, 2021
This week, the New Jersey Department of Health released revised Covid-19 Pools and Aquatic Recreation Facility Standards, dated May 7, 2021 (“New Standards”). If you compare the Standards published last year with the New Standards, you will note that the requirement of a pool ambassador has been eliminated. The role of Pool Ambassador in last year’s Standards read, “Implementation of an ambassador role to monitor and encourage social distancing of bathers on the pool deck.” (Section I(3), Page 2).
DISCUSSION ABOUT REOPENING ASSOCIATION FACILITIES IN THE PANDEMIC - 2021
March 19, 2021
Determining whether to open Association facilities or keep them closed this year is a harder choice than ever, in our ever-changing Covid-19 environment. It is mid-March, 2021, but we have experienced our first 60 degree day. It has been a year since Covid-19 hit. Everyone thought that the safeguards would be temporary, but we are learning that nothing is easy in this pandemic. The vast majority of Associations closed their facilities last year, and nearly all have remained closed.
NEW JERSEY EXTENDS THE EVICTION MORATORIUM & ALL OTHER EXECUTIVE ORDERS RELATED TO COVID 19
March 18, 2021
On March 17, 2021, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed NJ Exec. Order No. 231 (2021). The executive order extends the current Public Health Emergency related to COVID‑19 for an additional thirty (30) days.
NEW JERSEY SUPREME COURT FEBRUARY 5TH ORDER: APPLICATION FOR A COMMERCIAL LANDLORD/TENANT TRIAL IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES
February 10, 2021
On July 14, 2020, the Supreme Court of New Jersey authorized several steps to support the resumption of landlord/tenant case processing during the COVID-19 crisis. Namely, the Court carved out an exception to the suspension of landlord/tenant trials, allowing landlords to apply for issuance of an Order to Show Cause for evictions in emergency circumstances.
SAVE YOUR COVID 19 VACCINATION PAPERWORK
January 18, 2021
If you have been watching the news, you know that the roll-out of the vaccine process has, so far, been much slower than anticipated. Early predictions that we would all be vaccinated by the end of May, 2021 are already being revised to the end of October, 2021.
There are approximately 330 million people in the United States. The talk is that we, as a nation, are going to vaccinate a million people a day, as we get ramped up – and we have to administer these vaccinations twice in that period. If that is indeed the case, the process will take close to a year, even if we discount those who will refuse to be vaccinated and those who can’t be. Unless we ramp up to close to double the “million a day” goal, we will not have a majority of U.S. citizens vaccinated by the summer.
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