Michael Hales
  • Real Estate Law, Business Law, Social Security Disability...
  • Florida, Idaho
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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.

Practice Areas
  • Real Estate Law
  • Business Law
  • Social Security Disability
  • Consumer Law
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  • Contingent Fees
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  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
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
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Professional Associations
The Florida Bar # 0103904
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Idaho State Bar # 8191
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Articles & Publications
Timeshare Law
The Advocate
Speaking Engagements
J Reuben Clark Law Society, Idaho Falls, ID
Discussed the legal considerations of timeshare ownership
Websites & Blogs
Legal Answers
107 Questions Answered

Q. I need a real estate lawyer familiar with Mexican Timeshares to review a contract I was offered to buy my timeshare.
A: I'd be happy to review this for you. But I'll tell you that very few of these are legit. If they are offering to pay you substantial money for a timeshare in Mexico, it's probably a scam. Don't wire or send any money until you have an attorney review the agreement.
Q. I need to know what to do about being scammed by a business online? The company has stolen over $22,600 from me
A: I've had run-ins with this same company. I found that it is not a legitimate company and doesn't even exist other than virtually. Please shoot me an email or give me a call if you'd like more information. I'm teaching much of the day today, but will get back to you as soon as possible.
Q. My older brother has sent my a form to gift over a deed to a timeshare week to him. Do I have to sign this if I object
A: You don't have to. It would probably be a good idea to speak with a timeshare attorney if you're looking for some advice.
Q. If my timeshare deed was never signed due to a mistake by the timeshare company, am I legally responsible to pay for it?
A: A contract must be signed by the party against whom enforcement is sought. If you never signed the contract, you have an argument that you never agreed to the terms of the offer. The timeshare company, however, may have arguments that you did agree (i.e., making payments after closing). I'd recommend having an attorney review your situation because I've had some success with similar cases in the past.
Q. A new const. apt. has been pushed back 7x's totalling 6+months. We have no more timeshare points and are nearly homeless
A: I would need more information to give an answer. I've worked with most timeshare companies, but I'm not entirely sure what happened. It's possible there's a breach of contract claim, but that would largely depend on the agreement and additional facts I don't have. Feel free to reach out if you'd like to discuss.
Q. I am having trouble with a Timeshare company adjusting my interest rate after I deployed in 2016? It is in the SCRA?
A: This probably requires some negotiation, either by your or your attorney. I don't know that they're contractually or legally obligated to do so, but it might be worth having an attorney review the documents you have.
Q. Is it legal to have never received a copy of your Sales Contract for the purchase of a timeshare.
A: Usually, the timeshare company is required to give you a copy on the day of signing. If they didn't, you may have an argument that your rescission period doesn't start until you receive a copy. It may be worth the time to chat with an attorney to review the documents for you.
Q. My girlfriend and I bought a timeshare but I'm not legally separated from my wife. Does that mean she has rights to it?
A: In many states, property acquired during marriage is part of the marital estate. I recommend that you find a local attorney to review your specific case.
Q. Are maryland residents required to take a tour of a timeshare if u are offered a free saty at the resort?
A: I don't know if Maryland law requires this, but these transactions are usually governed by the law where the sale takes place. For example, if you purchase a timeshare in Florida, you're not required to take a tour of the resort. However, the state of your residence may dictate that the purchase agreement have specific disclosures, but I've never heard that any states have tour requirements.
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Skidmore Hales
18 South 1st East
Rexburg, ID 83440
Cell: (208) 403-5839