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Michael is a full-time faculty member of BYU-Idaho's Business Management department. While teaching is his main focus, he maintains a law practice focused on business law, contract disputes, and disability. He is licensed in Idaho and Florida.
- Real Estate Law
- Business Law
- Social Security Disability
- Consumer Law
- Credit Cards Accepted
- Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
- English: Spoken, Written
- Spanish: Spoken, Written
- Business Faculty Member
- Brigham Young University-Idaho
- - Current
- Faculty member teaching business law and business writing courses.
- Skidmore Hales
- - Current
- University of San Diego School of Law
- J.D. (2009) | Law
- The Florida Bar # 0103904
- Idaho State Bar # 8191
Articles & Publications
- Timeshare Law
- The Advocate
- J Reuben Clark Law Society, Idaho Falls, ID
- Discussed the legal considerations of timeshare ownership
Websites & Blogs
85 Questions Answered
- Q. Is it illegal to create and sell shirts that say "Engorgio" (a spell) and have the deathly hallows Harry Potter symbol?
- A: You're probably fine with the word engorgio, but once you include any symbols from Harry Potter, you'll run afoul of trademark laws.
- Q. I bought a laptop from facebook, they advertised that it had 16 gigs of RAM when it only had 4.
- A: You might want to bring a small claims action against them if it's worth the time.
- Q. I have 2 years left on a Mexican time share with an annual maintenance fee of $ 575.00 US and I stop paying it ?
- A: I've seen a few timeshare companies in Mexico get aggressive when it comes to past-due maintenance fees. The typical method is to hire a collection agency and report the delinquency to the credit bureaus. I wrote a bit about this recently and you can access my article here: https://skidmorehales.com/article Please let me know if you have any questions.
- Q. Do we have any days in which to cancel a contract for a timeshare, signed yesterday in the state of Virginia.
- A: Yes, I believe you have 7 days to cancel a timeshare signed in Virginia. Check your contract for exactly how to cancel and make sure you follow the procedure exactly. Speak with an attorney if you have any questions.
- Q. We are Canadian selling our timeshare to Mexican travel agent. Do we send initial notary costs to Profeco as advised?
- A: Goodness no! This is a common scam to have you wire money. No such requirements exist to transfer a timeshare in Mexico. Once you send it, the money is gone and you probably won't be able to get anything back. I wrote an article about these types of scams a while back that you can access here: https://skidmorehales.com/article I hope that helps, but let me know if you have any questions.
- Q. Can a Timeshare Association rent a unit in foreclosure process? If so does the rental $ go to association or owner?
- A: In Florida, the answer is yes. Under most association bylaws, the revenue generated from the sale will likely go to the homeowners' association. Let me know if you have any follow up questions.
- Q. Is price fixing illegal in Tennessee?
- Q. If I receive a 1099-A representing a loss of $13k for ditching a timeshare can I claim this as a loss? Will it help me?
- A: I'd be wary of any attorney that tells you this. I've practiced law in Florida for many years and when I've helped clients get out of a timeshare, they will often receive a 1099 when the timeshare cancels the loan/mortgage. However, if the loan that was cancelled was $13k, the form will also report that the value of the timeshare surrendered back to the timeshare company was worth $13k, meaning that the transaction is tax neutral. There are a lot of timeshare scams out there that spread misinformation, so I'd be very careful. I did write an article for the Idaho state bar that may help you. It's posted at: https://skidmorehales.com/article
- Q. Can I get my brothers social security money if my mother refuses to help support him?
- A: The easiest thing to do in this situation is go to your local social security office and start the process there. You may need to involve a lawyer to challenge your mother as payee for your brother, but I'd start with the local office and ask for their assistance first.
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