Just wondered if anyone else has experienced this and to ask if there is an official body with whom to lodge a complaint?
We approached a local Notaire with a view to having our wills drawn up. All went well, no problems with our requests and an appointment was made to return with witnesses to sign the papers. The next day we received a letter confirming the date and a bill for 800 euros. Yes 800 euros!!
I thought - OMG they must have put the decimal point in the wrong place....
So I queried it and they confirmed that "Yes Madame, that is correct - 800 euros....."
I did a bit of investigating and discovered that the charge for making of wills is regulated at 117 euros plus another 50 or so (for something that I didn't really understand) so I thought - ok about 170 each equals 340 NOT 800.
So I write another email - "I am a bit confused - it appears according to this (link attached of official regulation) the costs should be 340ish euros"
Voila - I get a reply "oh silly me - yes of course it will be only 340 euros - we seem to have made a mistake"
Now maybe I am wrong and maybe I'm not but I REALLY think that they were trying to rip us off and I took great umbrage at that and I promptly cancelled our dealings with them.
The questions are -
Were they trying it on?
How many other people (foreigners like us maybe) have just paid without query?
Can they get away with it?
Is there some ombudsman type body that ought to know??
Let me know what you think.....