Michael Hales
  • Real Estate Law, Business Law, Social Security Disability/SSI...
  • Florida, Idaho
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  • Real Estate Law
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University of San Diego School of Law
J.D. (2009) | Law
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Idaho State Bar # 8191
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63 Questions Answered

Q. My father (PA resident) has timeshare in Nevada. Can I do the paperwork for the set-aside without administration?
A: When I have clients that need advice on Nevada probate law, I typically refer them to Russell Bowler, an attorney at Bowler Dixon & Twitchell.
Q. Can a nonprofit in a one state involve lawyers from different states to help, and any other legal issues with my idea?
A: There are going to be a number of ethical issues here for attorneys. For example, there are rules about referral services like this as well as how the attorneys would be paid. Because there are so many issues to discuss, I'd recommend finding an attorney to review this all in detail.
Q. I have a point based timeshare where do I list that on the schedules??
A: I had a client who listed these with their real estate holdings. When the timeshare is alerted that you have filed for bankruptcy, you will have the ability to give the timeshare back to the resort. I'd recommend this because I had a client who did not do this. And while her existing maintenance fee bills were extinguished when she filed for bankruptcy, those annual maintenance fee bills accrued while the bankruptcy was pending. When she came out of bankruptcy, she had very large bills that she couldn't pay. Therefore, I usually recommend forfeiting them to the timeshare company as soon as possible.
Q. Can you sell a timeshare on contract? Can buyer handle maintenance fees while under contract?
A: Timeshare companies will allow the sale of the timeshare so long as it is paid in full. You execute a deed to effect the transfer on the public records AND you work with the timeshare company to effect the transfer on their records. If the timeshare is not paid in full, the timeshare company may allow the transfer if the buyer has the appropriate credit worthiness and can assume the balance of the loan. The best way to do this is by working directly with the timeshare company. It can refer you to a reputable title company or any third party needed. Let me know if you have any questions.
Q. Can I cancel or rescind a timeshare sampler purchased 3 days ago?
A: My recollection is that sample packages do not have the typical recession rights as a true timeshare purchase. That being said, you may still have some options if you'd like to get an attorney involved and depending on how the purchase was structured.
Q. I bought a timeshare in Friday in Tennessee and I want out. What do I have to do.
A: You have to follow the directions in the documents they gave you. If you have any questions about that, let me know.
Q. Is a handwritten, signed, dated, non notarized change on a revocable trust legal in WI? This cut out 1 of the 5 children
A: I'm a little confused with some of the facts here, but I can answer any questions you have about the timeshare matter. I recently wrote an article about legal options regarding timeshares that you can access here: https://www.targheelaw.com/article If you have any questions about that issue, let me know. Otherwise, I recommend reaching out to a local attorney in Wisconsin regarding the other issues. Some may be willing to negotiate a fee agreement based on those potential future earnings.
Q. Can someone add me to title of a property without my signature?
A: You can always deed property to another by filling out the forms, but the timeshare statutes that I'm aware of require acceptance by the transferee...you in this case. I'd recommend pressing this with the attorney for the resort.
Q. I own 4 deeded timeshare units if all taxes,dues,fees have been paid in 3 can I be blocked from use in any of those 3
A: I just answered this on your other post, but let me know if you still have questions.
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