What to Know Before You Hire an Attorney
Like Timeshare exit companies, timeshare attorneys can also scam thousands of dollars from timeshare owners. It's always best to start with your timeshare developer before you hire an attorney to see what options are available to sell or cancel your timeshare. It will save you time and money in the long run if you do your homework first.
If you choose to hire an attorney, research the attorney just like you would anyone working on your house, for the same reason that you want a skilled, knowledgeable, qualified individual who will charge you fairly and get the job done in a timely manner. Sorry, there is not an Angie's List for timeshare attorneys, but you can check with the Better Business Bureau and your state's Attorney General office for complaints. You can also come prepared with a checklist of questions for the attorney.
These questions will help you make an informed decision before hiring the attorney:
What are all the fees involved?
Are there any upfront fees? (Beware if there are.)
How long does the process usually take?
What if it takes longer than expected? Are there more fees?
What are the past timeshare cases they have worked?
Can they provide you a list of past timeshare clients that you can contact?
- Contact these clients and ask them about their experience.
- Did they cancel or sell their timeshare?
- How much did they pay?
- How long did it take?
- Were there any repercussions?
- Was their credit negatively impacted?
- Were the attorneys responsive and helpful?
- Did the attorneys communicate in terms you understood?
- Were they knowledgeable about the process and the timeshare industry?
After you have asked the attorney and their clients these questions, ask yourself, is it worth it? What's keeping you from using your timeshare? Have you considered renting or exchanging it? These options will maintain the investment you have already made and save you legal headaches and possible negative consequences from unsuccessfully exiting your timeshare. Don't let fraudulent timeshare attorneys take your hard earned money and your vacations! Consider the other options first.