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Unfortunately I have a timeshare with Club La Costa which I

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Unfortunately I have a timeshare with Club La Costa which I am trying to exit from. I thought my case was being handled by ITRA/ECC and now M1 Legal, all the same company and fraudulent. Timeshares Legals via an independent operator have informed me of the said fraud. They are to assess my paperwork and if they believe I have a valid case will represent me but will require payment upfront. Am I being scammed again?

Hello, this is Jim and welcome to JustAnswer. I will be the lawyer working with you today.
Sorry to hear of the issue. I will set out my written answer shortly.

You should not deal with that company - they are considered by many people to be operating a scam - see this link: https://m1legal.com/news/20200124-consumer-warning

I presume they cold-called you (called you out of the blue) too. If anyone does this or anyone asks you to pay a large up front fee - you should run a mile.

Many others are in the same situation - there are a lot of mis-sold timeshares around and they charge exorbitant fees to exit. Ideally, a law firm who specialises in timeshare claims should be instructed to stand the best chance of getting out of this at no cost. I am not sure if you were subject to pressure-selling, though these companies usually do this - they invite you to a lengthy meeting and they tempt you to pay a large up front fee - typical sales tactics. If the timeshare was not mis-sold then you may be bound to the terms and conditions meaning an exit fee is payable if you terminate.

JustAnswer cannot act for you as this is an internet forum, not a law firm, but any of the following should be able to assist you on a no win no fee agreement (nothing to pay up front) :

  1. https://www.lindermyers.co.uk/for-you/dispute-resolution/timeshare-disputes

  2. https://www.oakwoodsolicitors.co.uk/service/timeshares

  3. https://sarahwaddingtonsolicitors.co.uk

  4. https://www.timeshare-solicitor.co.uk

I hope this helps and answers the question - my goal is to ensure you are happy with the answer and have the information you need. If you have any follow up questions then please let me know. I will reply as soon as I can to help with any further queries.

Many thanks,
Jim

Please let me know if the answer helped or if you need me to cover anything else?. I am happy to clarify the answer or if you have any follow up questions. If so, I’d be grateful if you would let me know. I am free most days, including weekends, so feel free to ask me anything you are unsure of.

Best wishes,

Jim

Customer: replied 7 days ago.
Thankyou Jimi you have been very helpful especially with providing me with a list of solicitors I can turn to as I do need professional help and guidance.
One important question for me is: should companies like Timeshare Legals Ltd be asking for money up front for any services rendered or is that a scam?

Generally it's a red flag and indicative of a scam. You have zero protection if you pay up front and given they are not UK law firms. For a timeshare claim you should use a specialised law firm like any of those I mentioned.

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