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Cancelling Timeshares In Portugal

Many people who have an unwanted timeshare in Portugal wish to cancel their timeshare but find it hard to know who to trust.

The timeshare industry has attracted a very bad reputation over the years, and with good reason! High pressure sales tactics, unscrupulous salespeople and out and out lies have left many people feeling completely duped by the whole timeshare experience.

Not only that, but many people who already own timeshares in Portugal are regularly contacted by “Timeshare Specialist” companies offering to help to “sell” or “cancel” their timeshare. Often these companies are just scam companies set up to extract more money and without actually delivering what they promise, leaving timeshare owners in the same position – just further out of pocket!

 

This articles discusses cancelling your timeshare in Portugal. For information about cancelling your timeshare in Spain see our article about timeshares in Spain here: How To Cancel Your Spanish Timeshare Contract And Claim Your Money Back!

 

Many people who have a timeshare in Portugal wish to cancel their timeshare for various reasons, including:

  • They are not receiving the benefits expected from the timeshare;
  • The are not using the timeshare;
  • The maintenance fees have escalated;
  • They do not want the burden of the timeshare to pass to their children.

If you want to cancel your Portuguese timeshare contract, you should ensure that you instruct a well established and reputable law firm who have the expertise to assist you with this. But how can you spot a good company from a bad one? Well, this is easier said than done and you are right to be cautious.

There are many companies and “associations” online which appear to be legitimate but are actually scams targeted at timeshare owners who are desperate to get out of their timeshare contracts.

As a good rule of thumb, be cautious of the following:

  • Anyone who cold calls you or contacts you without you having contacted them first. This begs the immediate question of how they got your details in the first place. Despite what they tell, it is likely that they have bought or stolen your details from a timeshare company in order to elicit money from you.
  • Forums providing “advice” about cancelling your timeshare. At best these are often frequented by well meaning, but completely unqualified people passing on snippets of information which have varying degrees of accuracy. In some cases the “advise” can actually make your situation worse or jeopardise your position. At worst these are used by companies trying to obtain contact details from people with timeshares who are vulnerable to timeshare related cons.
  • Firms set up solely to deal with timeshare claims. Although there may be some genuine companies, it may be better to speak with a law firm which deals with a range of legal matters but has experience and expertise with timeshare claims in Portugal rather than a company of timeshare ‘specialists’ specifically targeting people with timeshares in Portugal.
How can I cancel my timeshare contract in Portugal?

There are various pieces of legislation, contract law and consumer laws which provide for the cancellation of timeshares in Portugal. You do however need to make sure that you instruct a reputable lawyer with expertise in dealing with timeshare matters in Portugal to ensure that you get accurate information about what is and isn’t possible in your specific situation.

Having an unwanted timeshare can become a very stressful experience for many people. However there is usually a way to solve the problem and relieve yourself of this burden if you seek proper advice.

If you have an unwanted timeshare in Portugal and would like to seek advise from a lawyer with experience and expertise in dealing with cancelling timeshares in Portugal and making timeshare related claims in Portugal, Worldwide Lawyers can help.

Contact Worldwide Lawyers on 01244 470 339 or at info@worldwidelawyers.co.uk. We will be happy to put you in touch with a lawyer with experience with cancelling timeshares in Portugal to assist you in relation to your timeshare claim in Portugal. 

The lawyer will be able to provide you with a free, no-obligation assessment of your Portuguese timeshare claim to help you find a solution to your Portuguese timeshare headache.

The assessment will advise you as to whether you are able to cancel your Portuguese timeshare and the procedures to be followed to cancel or make a claim in relation to your timeshare in Portugal.

If you do decide to take further action, our recommended timeshare claims specialists will provide you with a no-obligation fixed fee quote for all costs to assist you with this.

If you have a timeshare in Portugal and would like to know what your options are in relation to cancelling the timeshare contract, contact Worldwide Lawyers on 01244 470 339 or at info@worldwidelawyers,co.uk.

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Recommended Lawyers in Portugal

Do you need to instruct a lawyer in Portugal?

If you have a legal issue relating to Portuguese law you will usually need to instruct a lawyer in Portugal to assist.

Whether you need a Portuguese lawyer for a property purchase/sale in Portugal, a Portuguese inheritance matter or business transaction you will want to instruct the best lawyers in Portugal to assist you with your particular legal matter, but it can be hard to know who to choose.

Unless you have a recommendation for a reputable English-speaking Portuguese lawyer it can be difficult to know how to find a suitable lawyer in Portugal to assist you.

Fortunately, Worldwide Lawyers can help!

Worldwide Lawyers can put you in touch with a recommended English-speaking lawyer in Portugal who will provide you with a no-obligation quote. Contact us on 01244 470 339 or email us at info@worldwidelawyers.co.uk.

We have provided some guidance below to point you in the right direction when choosing a Portuguese lawyer. You can of course just contact Worldwide Lawyers for details of a recommended English-speaking lawyer in Portugal!

All of Worldwide Lawyers’ recommended Portuguese lawyers satisfy the following criteria. Before instructing any lawyer in Portugal, you should check that there are:

  • Registered: You should check that your Portuguese lawyer is registered with the Portuguese law society. Ask for their registration number and ensure that you check this.
  • Experienced: Not all lawyers in Portugal do the same type of legal work. You will therefore need to ensure that your Portuguese lawyer has the relevant experience to assist you with your legal matter.
  • English-speaking: Your lawyer in Portugal should be fluent in both English and Portuguese so that you will be able to understand the advice you are paying for.
  • Recommended: Ideally it would be good to have personal recommendation from someone who has used the Portuguese lawyer before and can recommend their services. Worldwide Lawyers obtain feedback from other people who have previously instructed our recommended lawyers in Portugal to get their feedback and recommendations.
  • Independent: It is extremely important to make sure that your Portuguese lawyer is not in any way connected to the seller, estate agent or property developer (if dealing with a property transaction) or any other parties in your case. So steer clear from recommendations from estate agents, developers, sellers or the party on the other side of your transaction!

If you need advice in relation to Portuguese law, Worldwide Lawyers can put you in touch with a recommended English-speaking Portuguese lawyer who has the relevant experience to assist you.

We can put you in touch with a Turkish lawyer who can assist with any of the following areas of law:

If you need a lawyer in Portugal, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01244 470 339 or email us at info@worldwidelawyers.co.uk 

Our friendly and experienced team will be able to discuss your requirements with you and, if required, put you in touch with a suitable Portuguese law firm to provide you with a no-obligation quote for their services.

Our lawyers can assist all over Portugal including Lisbon, Algarve, Madeira, Porto Santo, Central Portugal, Porto (Oporto)….

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Finding a Recommended Turkish Lawyer

Do you need to instruct a Turkish lawyer?

There are lots of reasons why you may need to instruct a Turkish lawyer – for example you may be buying a property in Turkey, getting a divorce in Turkey, or dealing with a business or inheritance issue in Turkey. Regardless of your legal issue, if you need to instruct a Turkish lawyer it can be hard to decide who to choose.

Lawyers in Turkey have not traditionally had the best reputation for their reliability and efficiency. Unless you have a recommendation for a reputable Turkish lawyer it can be difficult to find a suitable English-speaking Turkish lawyer to assist you with your Turkish legal matter.

Fortunately, Worldwide Lawyers can help!

Worldwide Lawyers can put you in touch with a recommended English-speaking Turkish lawyer who will provide a non-obligation quote. Contact us on 01244 470 339 or email us at info@worldwidelawyers.co.uk.

We have provided a little bit of guidance below to help point you in the right direction when choosing a Turkish lawyer. You can of course just contact us for details of a recommended Turkish lawyer too!

All of Worldwide Lawyer’s Recommended Turkish lawyers satisfy the below criteria. When instructing a Turkish lawyer you should check they are:

  • Registered: You should check that your Turkish lawyer is registered with one of Turkey’s regional bar associations.
  • Experienced: Not all lawyers in Turkey do the same type of legal work. You will therefore need to ensure that your Turkish lawyer has the relevant experience to assist you with your legal matter.
  • English-speaking: Your Turkish lawyer should be fluent in English and Turkish so that you will be able to understand the advice you are paying for.
  • Recommended: Ideally it would be good to have an independent person who has used the Turkish lawyer before and can recommend their services. Worldwide Lawyers obtain feedback from other people who have previously instructed our recommended Turkish lawyers to get their feedback and recommendations.
  • Independent: It is extremely important to make sure that your Turkish lawyer is not in any way connected to the seller, estate agent or property developer (if dealing with a property transaction) or the other side to your case. So steer clear from recommendations from estate agents, developers, sellers or the party on the other side of your transaction!

If you need advice in relation to Turkish law, Worldwide Lawyers can put you in touch with a recommended English-speaking Turkish lawyer who has the relevant experience to assist you.

We can put you in touch with a Turkish lawyer who can assist with any of the following areas of law:

If you need a Turkish lawyer, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01244 470 339 or email us at info@worldwidelawyers.co.uk

Our friendly and experienced team will be able to discuss your requirements with you and, if required, put you in touch with a suitable Turkish law firm to provide you with a no-obligation quote for their services.

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Need A Recommended Lawyer in Cyprus?

Do you need a lawyer in Cyprus?

If you need to instruct a lawyer in Cyprus it can be hard to decide who to choose.

Whether you are dealing with a property transaction, an inheritance matter or a commercial issue, without a suitable recommendation for a lawyer in Cyprus it is difficult to know where to start to make sure you find a reputable English-speaking Cypriot Lawyer who is right to assist you with your legal matter.

Fortunately, Worldwide Lawyers can help!

Worldwide Lawyers can put you in touch with a recommended English-speaking lawyer in Cyprus who will provide a non-obligation quote. Contact us on 01244 470 339 or email us at info@worldwidelawyers.co.uk.

We have provided a little bit of guidance below to help point you in the right direction when choosing a lawyer in Cyprus. You can of course just contact us for details of a recommended lawyer in Cyprus too!

When deciding on a suitable lawyer in Cyprus to instruct you will need to check that your lawyer is as follows (All Worldwide Lawyer’s Recommended Cypriot lawyers satisfy the following):

  • Registered: You should check that your Cypriot lawyer is registered the Cyprus bar association.
  • Insured: It is wise to check that your lawyer in Cyprus has professional indemnity insurance, to cover the advice that they provide to you.
  • Experienced: Not all lawyers in Cyprus do the same type of legal work. You will therefore need to ensure that the lawyer in Cyprus has the experience and expertise to assist you with your specific legal matter.
  • English-speaking: Your Cypriot lawyer should be fluent in English so that you will be able to understand the advice being provided.
  • Recommended: Are you able to find anyone who has used the lawyer before and can recommend their services? Worldwide Lawyers obtain feedback from other people who have previously instructed Cypriot lawyers to get their feedback and recommendations.
  • Independent: It is extremely important to make sure that your Cypriot lawyer is not in any way connected to the seller, estate agent or property developer (if dealing with a property transaction) or the other side to your case. So steer clear from recommendations from estate agents, developers, sellers or the party on the other side of your transaction!

If you need advice in relation to Cypriot law, whether in Paphos, Limassol, Nicosia, or any where else on the island (including in Northern Cyprus), Worldwide Lawyers can put you in touch with a recommended English-speaking lawyer in Cyprus who has the relevant experience to assist you. All of our recommended Cypriot lawyers are registered and insured in accordance with their practice requirements in Cyprus.

We can put you in touch with a lawyer in Cyprus who can assist with any of the following areas of law:

  • Buying, Selling or Transferring Property in Cyprus.
  • Wills, Probate, Succession and Inheritance Law in Cyprus.
  • Resealing Cyprus Grant of Probate / Resealing Foreign Grants of Probate in Cyprus.
  • Cypriot Contract Law.
  • Family Law in Cyprus / Divorce law in Cyprus.
  • Debt Recovery in Cyprus
  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution in Cyprus
  • Enforcing Judgments in Cyprus
  • Buying or Selling a Yacht in Cyprus, Yacht Registrations
  • Cypriot Shipping Law
  • Banking and Finance in Cyprus
  • Cypriot Tax Law and Tax Planning

If you need a lawyer in Cyprus, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01244 470 339 or email us at info@worldwidelawyers.co.uk

Our friendly and experienced team will be able to discuss your requirements with you and, if required, put you in touch with a suitable law firm in Cyprus to provide you with a no-obligation quote for their services.

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Spanish property deposit refunds

Off-Plan Spanish Property Deposits To Be Refunded By Banks

Have You Lost Deposit Money on an Off-Plan Property In Spain?

Spanish ruling provides new opportunity for people who lost deposits on off plan property purchases in Spain to get their money back.

A landmark judgment from the Spanish Supreme Court on 21 December 2015, ruled that banks can be held responsible, together with the Spanish property developers, for the loss of the deposits paid by Spanish property purchasers.

Banks in Spain will therefore now be liable to refund money which was paid and lost by home buyers where the developer or builder failed to complete the properties. The refund can be claimed regardless of whether or not a bank guarantee was in place and regardless of the solvency status of the developer.

The new opportunity for people to reclaim deposits lost in relation to Spanish off-plan properties from the Spanish banks has finally been picked up by the British media, including BBC news, The Daily Mail, The Times and The Irish Times, whose reports have all helped to alert those affected that they may be able to recover the money they lost.

If you have been affected, contact Worldwide Lawyers on 01244 470339 or at info@worldwidelawyers.co.uk for a free, no-obligation assessment of your case to see if you can make a claim on a No Win No Fee basis.

Why did people lose their deposits for off-plan properties in Spain?

In accordance with the Spanish Law, builders and property developers receiving deposit money for properties in Spain were legally obliged to put this money in a specific account and provide their clients with a bank guarantee. This meant that the money would be safeguarded and the bank would then be liable for the return of the deposits if the developer failed to complete the property.

This obligation was frequently breached by builders and property developers especially during the Spanish property crash. Many developers and builders then went bankrupt or just disappeared, leaving many unfinished properties and many of those who had paid deposits for off plan properties out of pocket.

Although in theory these clients, could make a claim against the developer or builder, most developers and builders had already gone bust with no means of finishing properties, refunding deposits or paying out in relation to any claims made.

Why are people now receiving refunds of their off-plan property deposit money in Spain? What’s changed?

In December the Spanish Supreme Court made a ruling in relation to refunds of property deposits in Spain which has ignited fresh hope and realistic prospects for people to recover the deposit money they lost in Spain.

This ruling has made it clear that the banks in which the defaulting property developers deposited their customers money, are liable to refund these deposits regardless of whether a bank guarantee was provided or not and regardless of the solvency status of the developer.

This now allows people to make a meaningful claim against the bank with real prospects of recovering their money. Previously it was thought that the claim could only be made against the developer who in most cases were insolvent and did not have any money with which to refund the deposits.

The Spanish Supreme Court’s decision has now provided thousands of people who lost money with off plan properties in Spanish with the right to make a claim for their money (plus interest) to be refunded by the Spanish banks.

What is the Spanish Law relating to Off-Plan Property Deposit Refunds?

The basis for the claim for a refund of an deposit for an off-plan property in Spain has been established by a series of Spanish Supreme Court cases, the latest of these was December 2015, which have established the following:

  • A developer is legally required to provide a Bank Guarantee to the buyer where the property is not yet finished and where no Licence of First Occupation (LFO) has been obtained.
  • The full amount of money paid prior to completion of the Spanish Porperty is guaranteed, not just the amount set out in the guarantee, even if this right appears to have been waived by the buyer.
  • It is the developer’s obligation (not the buyer’s) to ensure that deposit funds are placed in a special account. The fact that the developer did not do this does not affect the buyer’s rights to a refund of deposits paid.
  • Even if the developer did not comply with their legal obligation to give the buyer a bank guarantee, the bank with whom the funds were held is still jointly responsible for refunding this money to the buyer because the bank had a duty to ensure that the developer had complied with its legal obligations.
  • The bank (or insurer who issued the guarantee) are jointly and severally liable which means that the buyer can sue the bank or the insurance company without having to first sue the developer.
  • The banks can be sued regardless of whether there was a bank guarantee in place or not.

I lost my deposit for an off-plan property in Spain, what should I do?

If you have lost money when buying off plan property in Spain, Worldwide Lawyers can help. Contact us on 01244 470339 or at info@worldwidelawyers.co.uk. We can put you in touch with specialist lawyers who will be able to advise you if you are able to make and claim and for how much.

We will be able to talk you through the process and arrange for a specialist lawyer to assess your claim for free and with no obligation, to help you to get a refund of the money you have lost in relation to Spanish property deposits on a ‘No Win No Fee’ basis.

Those affected will only have the opportunity to attempt the claim for a refund of their lost money once. It is therefore strongly advised that you therefore get assistance from a lawyer who has expertise in this area of law to assist you in recovering your lost property deposits in Spain.

Your right to claim may be subject to a deadline so you are strongly advised to contact us as soon as possible.

If you have been affected and lost money in relation to an unfinished property in Spain, get in touch with Worldwide Lawyers as soon as possible on 01244 470339 or at info@worldwidelawyers.co.uk.

We can arrange for a specialist lawyer to review your claim for free and with no obligation. Eligible claims can be made pursued for you on a ‘No Win No Fee’ basis.

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