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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
91 Questions Answered
- Q. Should I deed-back my timeshare deed to terminate my responsibility in maintenance fees to the company?
- A: This is the type of thing my partner (Texas bar) reviews fairly regularly. Typically, you want to review it to ensure that the agreement eliminates all ownership and liability. I wrote an article about this a couple years back that you can review here: https://skidmorehales.com/article Let me know if you'd like to have my partner review this.
- Q. Bought a timeshare from a realtor. Just wondering how long does the law allow for it to be transferred to me.
- A: This is an interesting question and I feel like I need a lot more information to really answer. To be honest, this sounds like a very typical scam that I deal with all too often. If you have questions about this transaction and want to discuss, I'd be happy to. You can also access an article I wrote about timeshare scams at https://skidmorehales.com/article.
- Q. I own a timeshare in Mass and paid my maintenance fee late. They are refusing my payment (check).
- A: If they never sent you paper bills, you may have an argument that they did not give you notice. If that does not work, you may have an attorney negotiate with the collection agency. Most timeshare companies use the same collection companies. I've found that they'll typically negotiate on the fee involved when contacted by an attorney. There may be other options too. Let me know if you have more questions.
- Q. What paperwork do I need to fill out to remove my children's names from an Arizona timeshare
- A: Assuming that the timeshare is paid in full, the resort will allow you to remove the names of other co-signers. Contact the owner services (or similar) department to get the process started. You may want to contact an attorney with experience in timeshares if you have additional questions or want a review of the documents the resort asks you to sign.
- Q. Can I put in my sole name a timeshare that is deeded jointly between me and my father, who passed away?
- A: This should not be a problem. If you contact the timeshare's member services department, they will be able to get you the paperwork you'll need to update their records. Depending on how it was deeded, you may not even need to complete any paperwork. You may want an attorney to review your paperwork.
- Q. I have an established small business (LLC) with a distinctive name. Another business took my name.
- A: It sounds like you have a potentially strong claim for trademark infringement, so I'd recommend speaking to an attorney to get this resolved.
- 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.
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