What is a Timeshare Attorney?
February 24, 2014
A timeshare attorney is a legal representative who can act on your behalf in a court of law. Unlike a timeshare lawyer, attorneys have the authority to represent you legally in court. A timeshare lawyer on the other hand can only offer you legal advice or guide you through a timeshare contract and so on.
The occasions when you might need a timeshare attorney are few. People who have been involved with a deliberate timeshare scam may call upon the services of an attorney to represent them against a fraudulent company. In these cases a class action suit may be a good idea. In the case of a deliberate scam, you will find there are many others in the same position as you and it may work out in you favor to join together in a class action suit and save on attorney fees. However, always beware of timeshare attorneys who approach you to join a class action against a genuine company, as you are not likely to win and the attorney will simply make a profit out of you.
Other occasions where a timeshare attorney may be necessary is if you have gotten behind on your maintenance fees. If you stop paying your timeshare maintenance fees, you will be vulnerable to a suit against you by the timeshare operator. In those cases you will need to seek legal assistance or pay your fees. It is much easier to pay your fees than contracting an expensive timeshare attorney. You will find that you can come to a payment plan without using a lawyer or an attorney to represent you in court if you speak directly to the timeshare operator.
The other thing to remember is that there are very few attorneys who are dedicated solely to timeshare, therefore, you are best to seek a recommendation from a friend. It is also wise to avoid pop-up adverts on the internet or on timeshare forums promoting timeshare lawyers or attorneys.
Paying your Maintenance Fees on your Timeshare
October 8, 2013
One of the things you must consider when you buy a timeshare is that you will be required to pay yearly maintenance fees. Details of these fee should be in writing in your contract.
Your maintenance fees are a legal requirement that protects you as well as other owners. If you cannot pay your maintenance fees you should contact your timeshare operator, as failure to adhere to your maintenance fee payments may result in legal action against you. You have to pay your maintenance fees regardless of if you use your timeshare, so you should try to make sure that someone occupies your unit, even if you cannot make it yourself.
Maintenance fees cover all the repairs and general caretaking of your timeshare property, making sure that all of the appliances, furniture, fixtures and details are in correct working order. Your fees will also include the replacement of items that deteriorate over time so that your timeshare investment is protected for the future. Likewise, the maintenance fee quota covers the caretaking of common areas including the pool, spa, clubhouses, gym and other amenities.
You should also be prepared for the maintenance fees to increase over time. As the cost of manpower, materials and services get more expensive due to inflation, so will your fees increase. Established timeshare companies are renowned for reasonable increases, so it is better to avoid emerging companies who have been known to hike maintenance fees after the initial period.