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About RomanH

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  • Location Schöneberg, Berlin
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  1. Finding a social circle

      German is a difficult language and I believe it's probably three years pretty intense study to get to the point of understanding conversation. On the other hand, lots of German are fine speaking English because they like the practice.   As for the OP's question, I agree with catjones. You're doing the opposite of what you need to do to meet people. Still, here's a really simple step: join McFit. It costs very little, it'll get you in shape, it'll get you out of the house, and you'll meet lots of people. Most of them will be complaining about how crummy McFit is, but at least you'll have something in common.   
  2. Thank you, LeonG. I was hoping there was some sort of maximum that a company could charge more than an estimate and that looks true by your link. Still haven't heard back from the tax preparers though.   Fraufruit, I meant tear up every copy of the contract, including the one with the lawyer, who I'm assuming wouldn't charge you a tear-up fee based on your net worth. I believe the difference here is that in America lawyers hold onto contracts while in Germany they are filed with the government, which means they're harder to cancel.
  3. I moved to Berlin three years ago, and every time I have to do something official -- buy property, get married -- it costs me a fortune. Everyone from translators to tax consultants charge 100 euros per hour minimum.   Since I can't avoid them entirely, it would help if I could understand what's going on. There are two contracts in particular I'm wondering about.   1. My husband filed a prenup when we got married, and now he wants to nullify it. In America we'd simply tear up the paper. In Germany evidently you need someone expensive to write up a paper that nullifies the contract, and their bill is calculated FROM YOUR ENTIRE NET WORTH. What the hell is up with that?   2. I found a tax firm that estimated my German income taxes at 750 euros and my U.S. taxes at 750 euros. Under that, the contract says the price would go up if they needed to represent me in court, etc. They didn't represent me in court, etc., so I expected a 1,500 euro bill, but it totals 5000 euros WITHOUT VAT. In America, again, a businessperson can't exceed the estimate beyond a certain amount. In Germany are they just establishing a minimum that you will pay, with no ceiling?   I emailed them asking about this. I think they'll lower the bill but I still need to know what's going on.   Since Germany is so weird legally, I'll tack on a disclaimer: In asking these questions, I am not giving anyone permission to charge me for an answer and I am not agreeing that I will pay anyone for their information or advice.