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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
71 Questions Answered
- Q. Which is State for rescinding a license to occupy a suite
- A: It will depend on the contract you signed, but even if says something contrary, the state where the property is located will almost always also apply. However, there can be some confusion about this, and I wrote an article about this very issue with my local bar that you can read here: https://skidmorehales.com/article Let me know if you have any questions.
- Q. I need to ask for help with timeshare and timeshare exit companies help.
- A: I'd be happy to help. I did write an article about timeshare exit companies that you can find here: https://skidmorehales.com/article The short of it is that timeshare exit companies tend to be scams. They ask for money up front and do little to help timeshare owners. In fact, they cause great harm by triggering the owner's default on fees/loans, meaning that their credit scores often take a hit. But please let me know if you have a more specific question.
- Q. How do I find out if my brother and I are named beneficiaries in our grandmas estate if my uncle won’t produce a will?
- A: I recommend retaining an attorney to communicate with your uncle if he continues to ignore your requests.
- Q. my Husband and his ex wife own a joint title in a time share in Arizona. His ex wife says I have to sign off on it.
- A: If Arizona's community property laws are like ours here in Idaho, you shouldn't have to sign off on anything. If the ex does not want the timeshare anymore, she can sign it over to your husband, or she can take it. Based on my experience with timeshares, I'd recommend trying to give it to her, but please let me know if you have questions about the process or options to clean up the ownership.
- Q. Can I sue an ex for not paying for a timeshare because my credit score has lowered even if only 2 payments were missed?
- A: It's possible, but title to timeshares are typically takes with both owners being joint and severally liable. Meaning that you are responsible to pay if he does not. I suppose that you could sue on equitable claims, but it may be difficult. In these situations, clients have often hired me to make a deal with the other owner. I usually offer to give the timeshare to the ex or offer to take the timeshare off the ex's hands. Sometimes I've negotiated a price during these, but that will depend on the ex's opinion as to the value of the timeshare. Let me know if you have any questions on how to proceed.
- Q. I have a Retail Installment Credit Agreement for a travel membership. Can they sue me if I want to cancel? Can I cancel?
- A: I would probably have to review the agreement, but in most cases, these can be cancelled by having an attorney contact the collection agency. Please let me know if you have any questions about this process.
- Q. Can closing fees be recovered if contracts are cancelled within the seven day period? I paid with a new credit card.
- A: Yes, all fees must be returned to the purchaser. The association, however, is permitted at times to retain the value of any promotional items given to you at the sales presentation. And if I understand your second question correctly, then yes, the new purchase contract would be rescinded as well. But having an attorney review your contract and rescission letter might be useful to ensure that everything was in order.
- Q. Can gossiping be considered working in hostile enviroment. If it both me to the point go seek medical help to cope
- A: If it's sufficiently severe, then yes, it would be actionable. The question is whether the gossiping would be objectively hostile. You'll want to review the facts with an attorney.
- 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.
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