Florida attorney Susan Budowski, a timeshare victim advocate, warns consumers to be aware that with the resurgence of the timeshare industry, timeshare scams will rise with it. According to Howard Nusbaum, President of the American Resort Development Association, a pro-timeshare industry association, “The travel and timeshare industry is seeing a resurgence of travel in 2011, terrific news for the timeshare industry.” Attorney Budowski warns consumers this also brings more victims of deceptive sales practices by unscrupulous sales representatives.
Budowski adds, “Unfortunately many timeshare owners are getting taken advantage of multiple times. I have seen those who have been misled or coerced into buying a timeshare and then later desperate to get out of their contract, attempt to sell their timeshare only to be taken advantage of by a resale company.” Evidenced by a recent SWAT team raid of a purported timeshare resale company, Orlando Police Department’s SWAT team raided an illegal timeshare resale telemarketing operation. A spokesman for the Orlando Police Department said, “The company was taking two to four thousand dollars per customer without providing any services. The raid and arrests were a result of timeshare owners from Florida to Canada filing multiple complaints.”
Attorney Budowski advises timeshare owners that feel they have been a victim of a resale scam to contact their local authorities. She adds, “The majority of legitimate real estate transactions do not require an upfront fee to try to sell or rent a property; if a company does, that should raise a huge red flag.”
Budowski also warns of a surge in timeshare cancellation companies on the Internet and utilizing similar unscrupulous telemarketing firms to take advantage of timeshare owners’ misfortunes. “These companies make false claims of legal expertise and claim to guarantee refunds and/or cancellations of timeshares, and like the resale companies, require an upfront fee, many times exceeding what it would cost to hire an attorney.”
Budowski further conveys she understands many people are reluctant to get a lawyer involved; however, when dealing with a timeshare company on a matter like misrepresentation, deceptive trade practices or coercion in a timeshare sales contract, she believes it is imperative to be represented by an attorney, whether her firm or another law firm. “Consumers need to recognize that some of their contract documents are hundreds of pages and that the timeshare company spent tens of thousands of dollars drafting them, and certainly not on the purchaser’s behalf. Not to mention, they have lawyers that work directly for them as well as an outside law firm on retainer. While there are some do-it-yourself document services for basic legal issues that work, this is far from a basic legal matter.” She adds, “This is one battle where you definitely want a lawyer on your side of the table.”
“If you feel you were taken advantage of by your timeshare sales representative and pressured to sign a contract, I recommend only working with a licensed attorney who specializes in these matters. They will assess your situation to determine what legal remedies you may have. Then, if it warrants canceling your timeshare contract, he or she will take the proper steps to make sure your situation is properly handled. Until then, don’t try to cancel your timeshare or sign a timeshare cancellation contract with anyone or a firm that is not a licensed attorney to represent you,” Budowski said.
To find out more about Attorney Budowski’s services for timeshare victims and a free consultation, visit http://www.mytimeshareattorney.com
About Attorney Budowski
Ms. Budowski is a licensed attorney in Orlando, Florida (considered the timeshare capital of the world). She has been a member of the Florida Bar since May of 2004. She previously worked at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in Langley, Virginia, where she received multiple Exceptional Performance Awards from high-ranking members of the CIA, including then CIA Director William Gates, our current Secretary of Defense.
CONTACT: Michael Martin, The Law Offices of Susan M. Budowski, LLC, +1-888-265-7900, firstname.lastname@example.org
Web Site: http://www.mytimeshareattorney.com
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