Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Consumer Issue: Hyundai Billing Error and Lease Default

I received an interesting inquiry recently where Hyundai Motor Finance apparently added an unexpected charge ($359.33) plus a $40 late fee to a customer's 2015 lease bill despite full payment of the prior month's statement.

I am attempting to help the customer resolve the error, and I am curious if this was a large-scale error affecting other customers. If you have had the same problem, please send me a quick email: SJK@QHCLaw.com with: (a) your name; (b) whether you had a surprise charge and/or late fee such as the one described above; (c) your name and contact information; and (d) a brief description of the date and circumstances.  Attach copies of the relevant account statements and proof of payment if available (inquiries will be kept confidential, and you may redact personal identifying information).  

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Personal Injury Attorney

Email: SJK@QHCLaw.com    
Phone: 631-482-9700

          I have successfully tried cases in Suffolk County, Nassau County, Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Manhattan; and my clients have recovered substantial awards for injuries ranging from paraplegia to soft tissue damage.  I will fight to get you the best result I can, and have the experience to confidently advise you on the value of your claim and your odds of success.  Contact me for a free consultation.  


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Monday, July 20, 2015

New York Creates Statutory Guidelines for Alimony

New York's divorce law received yet another significant overhaul on June 24, 2015, when the New York State Legislature passed a new law, largely going into effect in October, that -- in addition to adjusting income caps and the temporary maintenance formula -- creates a guideline for calculating the amount and duration of "post-divorce maintenance" (i.e. alimony).

Under the new rules, the amount will be similar to pendente lite maintenance, and the duration will be a sliding scale as follows:

    • Length of Marriage      --      Length of Maintenance
    • 0-15 years                    --      15-30%
    • 14-20 years                  --      30-40%
    • >20 years                     --      35-50%
The guidelines allow for substantial deviation within the guideline amounts, and the Courts can deviate from the amounts entirely under appropriate circumstances, but it will be interesting to see how this is actually applied in practice. 

Monday, May 25, 2015

Personal Injury Attorney - Construction Accidents

I have helped many injured workers throughout New York City and Long Island obtain compensation for construction accident injuries, particularly gravity-related injuries such as falling from a height or being struck by a falling object. 

I have over ten years of experience with construction accident cases cases, starting with a law school internship in the claims department of a major municipal entity working on evaluating possible settlements for hundreds of construction injury claims.  I focused on personal injury litigation following law school, and not only settled and tried numerous cases, but also argued and won multiple significant appeals.

If you have been injured in a construction accident, contact me for a free consultation.  

Scott J. Kreppein, Esq.
Email: Skreppein@Qhmlaw.com

Friday, May 8, 2015

Employment: Minimum Salary

I have seen a few cases recently where employers paid a minimal salary to avoid minimum wage and overtime requirements.  

There are legal requirements for making someone a salaried (or "exempt") employee. 

Among other things, the minimum pay must be at least $23,600 per year ($455 per week).  That is an absolute minimum, and does not, by itself, render someone exempt from overtime laws.  Paying a salary cannot be used an excuse to circumvent minimum wage and overtime laws.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Divorce and Family Law: Put On A Happy Face

One difficult issues that parents face when dealing with divorce, custody, or visitation is the pick-up and drop-off.  In addition to logistical problems (who drives where and when), the exchange is an emotional trigger for all involved.

One frequently used adage by judges is that both parents need to "put on a happy face."  In normal circumstances (absent health and safety issues), even if there's a profane litany of thoughts about your ex in your mind, and your child is expressing their reluctance to go, your outward expression needs to be something to the effect of "you're going to have so much fun."  It is similar to school.  Even if you didn't like going to school, and your child doesn't like going to school, you make them go and try to sound positive about it.  

On return, you welcome them back.  If you ask questions, they should generally be positive and geared towards reinforcing the exchange as a positive experience. The drop-off should not be followed by a debriefing trying to dig up negative information about the other parent.

Kids look to their parents for guidance about how to feel about situations. If you show that you're scared, nervous, or upset, then they may feel scared, nervous, or upset.  

Friday, April 24, 2015


There has been a lot of activity lately in the Superstorm Sandy litigations.

At least with respect to my inventory of cases on the insurance claims, we are getting closer towards finalizing settlements in both the residential and commercial matters.  

I spent the morning in the Town of Hempstead building department helping a client work through issues.  Although the process may be difficult for many, the local town staff in the affected municipalities have been, from what I have seen, very helpful.  

Many individuals and businesses have recovered, but too many are still unfortunately, as I have heard it described, "trapped in the second day of the storm."

For those with attorneys, there are plenty of excellent lawyers working on these cases.  There are also, sadly, many storm victims who just became numbers on a spreadsheet somewhere halfway across the country.  

If you need help resolving your Sandy-related claim, please feel free to contact me at 631-482-9700 or send me an email at Skreppein@Qhmlaw.com.