Taking Responsibility

04 Oct

Taking responsibility is not usually difficult, although it is sometimes time-consuming, and I would think we have all thought at some time or other, ‘I wish I didn’t have to spend my life thinking of things I must do, rather than things I would like to do!’ Ensuring our grandson receives an education that fits his needs is our responsibility, ie the responsibility of the adults in our small family unit. Because our lifestyle does not allow for formal education, that responsibility falls on my shoulders, fairly and squarely. It’s no hardship, he is a gem who soaks up learning like a sponge, and I never really envisaged retiring from teaching, anyway!

So, on Monday 1st October, Tom and I travelled to Aurillac to do what we had to do to ensure grandson’s ‘home education’ could legally continue for yet another year. During our journey through and along the perimeters of the wonderful, lush green craters of long since exploded, and still sleeping, volcanoes, we talked about our next steps to find out if we could continue to seek justice to atone for the vice caché. It seems to us that our (third) avocat and our specialist Cour de Cassation avocat are not interested in making sure we know what’s happening with our Case. In fact, as I commented to Tom, I believe we could all pop our clogs and nobody within the judicial system would be any the wiser or interested!

We decided to call on the legal expertise of an old friend in Aurillac, a French barrister, Maitre C. We were out of luck on the Monday, but Maitre C’s lovely wife asked us to return during the Tuesday afternoon, and we did.

Now, that was a revelation!

It appears that our Case will continue because Napoleon made provision for the disappearance of spouses when the law has not fully run its course. Simply, Madame T must complete the proceedings on her own. If Madame T does not survive the long drawn-out processes, her offspring must take up the slack, followed by her grandchildren if necessary! Does the same apply for the other foot’s boot, ie if Tom and I don’t live long enough to witness the final resolution? Yes.

So, there you go, it really doesn’t do to get on the wrong side of Napoleon’s laws, whether you are perpetrator or victim!

Although Tom was visibly tired, driving takes its toll these days, he wanted us to go for a drink in our village bar-tabac, to celebrate my 63rd birthday. The Bar-Tabac-Presse is only two doors down from our house – moving in the direction that’s away from the Church, of course! As we parked outside the house, a couple of our friends were heading toward the bar-tabac and they joined us. We joined a larger group inside the bar-tabac and updated everybody about the day’s events. One of them reported to us what he had been told by one of our sellers’ sons, ie that if Madame T had passed away, rather than her husband, the family would have offered to settle out of Court. But, as things stand, the matriarch calls the shots!

Can we move back into our house that’s not a home?

No. The hairdresser left too much damage in her rush to remove fixtures and fittings, none of which can be repaired because Napoleon decreed that ‘….it would not be in the public’s best interests for repairs to be carried out on a property at the centre of dispute…’! Some of us take responsibility, some of us don’t.

Were we surprised? What do you think?


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6 responses to “Taking Responsibility

  1. Susan Oakes

    October 4, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Ha! I see you won’t be living in the hairdresser’s quarters of your house! Still, hope you had a lovely birthday, Chrissie, despite all your troubles.

    • hobosinfrance

      October 4, 2012 at 12:43 pm

      Hi Sue, good to e-see you. No, the shop section is just as uninhabitable as the rest of the house! If we were permitted to make even simple repairs, we could create a reasonable degree of comfort, but sanitation and heating are very important – camping sites offer clean, working toilets etc! ‘Working’ being the operative word, lol!! Hope you, Tchica and Elmo are well? I will email you now that we’re back on-line. Much love from us all. xxxx

  2. Sarah

    October 4, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Well, I’m glad you can continue the fight, although it’s a shame the old bat is maintaining her illegal position. It just shows what can be done when a group of ne’er do wells are in cahoots (notaries, agents, etc.).

    Actually notaries often have a terrible reputation and people are very keen to keep using their own once they find one who isn’t crooked or totally incompetent.

    • hobosinfrance

      October 4, 2012 at 7:37 pm

      I fully understand the point of using any professional who has proved his/her worth, Sarah, and I’ll add avocats to your list, our first one was either abysmally incompetent or he was ‘got at’! In all honesty, we thought it was the former until a couple of years ago, but, since discovering a couple of relevant links between the Immo and Toulouse, we are convinced that our first avocat was nobbled! Seriously. Good to e-see you, hope all is well at your end. Chrissie & menfolk xx

      • Helen Devries

        October 5, 2012 at 4:21 pm

        From experience I don’t trust any of them as far as i can kick them…and they certainly won’t help you if you have a conflct with a local bigwig.
        There are good ones, of course, but finding one is like the search for hens’ teeth!

      • hobosinfrance

        October 7, 2012 at 11:15 am

        Hi Helen, good to e-see you, hope you and yours are well. TBH, the only truly good and sincerely professional avocat we have found in France (where our house Case is concerned) is British, French-trained, qualified and experienced. She is the Maitre who sacked our first, incompetent or nobbled, avocat and took on the Case herself, despite being very ill with cancer. She dug up evidence that her less than honest colleague had hidden, collated it, built on it and made it ready for presentation to the Riom Appeal Court. Unfortunately, the Appeal Court justices let us all down! Generally, we have found French avocats to be extremely lazy, unrealistic and over-optimistic at the start, and they run for cover as soon as the going gets tough! It’s strange how they are always en vacance when the avoué pops up to report a less than favourable judgement! 😦 Hen’s teeth? Definitely! C xx


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