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  1. thank you both very much. The article in connect looks interesting, but who knows if or when they will ever get around to it!

  2. I have searched the forum and can only find 4 year old answers about this, am wondering what the current situation is.

    I am looking to move to the Lot (46) to an old mill and its in a dip and too far from an exchange to get ADSL broadband, so it looks like my only choice is satelite.

    I work from home and need to be able to upload as well as download stuff and need to be able to use SKYPE too and I need it to be reliable and a decent speed.

    Apart from either not moving there or giving up my job, what are my options?  I dont necesarily mind a higher installation cost if it will work, and preferably with wifi.

    Can anyone advise on the latest situation with this and what options I could look into?

    Thanks in advance.


  3. MKT

    ambulance charges

    thanks Val, thats a huge relief.

  4. MKT

    ambulance charges

    thank you again, Chancer and PatF especially.

    Shall I perhaps photocopy the CV, the passport and the death certificate thing and send it to them with a copy of the letter they sent me and repeat the explanation about the accounts are blocked curretnly?


  5. MKT

    ambulance charges

    Thank you very much, I shall do as you say and also will ask the Mairie secretary when it opens next Tuesday.

    If I have only got to pay some or part then of course I will, when the accounts are available, and I imagine the cost is high becuase it was 2am on a Sunday morning and we are 40 mins from Auch so if you count their travel time it was probably 3 hours in total. I did repeat the amount to her as I was somewhat in shock. You may be right about the treating us as foreigners - they took neiher his nor my carte vitale details.

    Anyway, theres hope so I will try not to worry about this too much for the minute.



  6. MKT

    ambulance charges

    As per my post elsewhere, my healthy 48 year old husband suddenly had a massive heart attack on 18th July in the early hours  and died.

    I called 18 of course, and the pompiers came and they (i assume) called the SAMU who arrived later and then some police came too. It was all in vain and my darling was already dead and never recovered. I am unclear what the SAMU people did as I had been removed from the room and they were still trying to resussitate, but he didnt go in any ambulance anywhere - I had to call the funeral directors to collect him.

    To my horror today a letter arrived addressed to him from Auch hospital (I live in the Gers - 32) and it said send them a photocopy of our mutuelle and that if they didnt hear from me in 7 days they would be billing me. Well we didnt have a mutuelle, we paid any difference ourselves. I rang them and told them this and also told them they could send any bill they liked but that they wouldnt be paid becuase his accounts have all been frozen. Fair enough she said, she would block the bill for the moment and I would need to get in touch with her when I could pay it. I asked how much we were talking about and to my horror she says €1100 . Well I havent got that sort of money even when the accounts are unblocked,. The funeral cost nearly 4k and that pretty much cleans me out - apprently they take it out even though its blocked.

    Leaving aside the insensitive treatment aspect of this upsetting letter, is this a normal amount does anybody know? and will I get any of it back via CPAM? (we are covered under criteria of residence and pay URSAAFF or whatever they are called) and will I get some time to pay?. I thought emergency treatment was covered free and if dying of a heart attack isnt an emergency I dont know what is .

    I know I am not a frequent poster on this site but I have already received help and support in both the motoring and legal sections of this forum on this matter and would be grateful for any information about how this works.


  7. Once again, thank you for your help in my hour of need. or hours should I say.

    the van is a french one, and LHD. its 2000, so 10 yrs old and has 183thousand kilometres on the clock and its diesel. Reasoanble condition - nothing wrong with it that I know about but the tyres look a bit like they could do with changing, at least two of them. Its  Nissan Vanette Cargo 2.3, and its boarded out inside. Controle technique next due December. We have always been very pleased with it - if I could drive it myself Id keep it but I cant so no sense in sentimentality.

    Interesting comments about using it on the road - my brother has already driven it for me to move a load of gear (after I phoned the insurance and checked). It wont be driven again except for test driving.

    have made appt with notaire but he's away until 6th august so looks like I cant do anything before that anyway.

    I would utterly welcome anybodys rough estimate as to what it might be worth   - I know someone who says he would be able to sell it but I will have no idea if hes quoting me a good bad or indifferent price.

    on further question -

    The insurance comes up for renewal on 1st Sep, and they usually send the form out about now. Do I have to renew if it is off the road?

    Many thanks for all the recommendations for small automatics here. I dont know why they are so rare, but liking the sound of the citroen with dog headroom but its going to come down to what I can get secondhand in automatic I suppose

    Anyway, just wanted to say thanks


  8. Thank you all so very much for all the help. My neighbours here have been fantastic and have rallied around and my mum is here and says she will stay on, I think I am ok for the changeovers now but thank you so much for taking the time to answer and ESPECIALLY for the excellent CGT guesstimate, that was all I was after, a rough working knowledge of how it worked. I am very grateful and have made an appt with the notaire who drew it all up - he is away so the appt isnt un til 6th August but thank you for the excellent advice, especially re the bank.

    Thank you too to Fay, and I have noted that address and when I feel able to better communicate I will certianly check that out and I am sorry for your devastating loss too, I shall hope to see you over there.

    I am so grateful to you all for coming to me in my hour of need, especially as I am not even a regular poster here.


  9. My 48 year old husband suddenly and completely unexpectedly dropped dead last week, well on 18th.

    I am in need of help and wondered if anyone here could give me any guidance. I have posted on the motoring forum about my queries there so I wont go into that here.

    We have been here 8 years, we have our own house and another we rent out as a gite. We did a community universell, we have no children.

    I need to sell the gite. I cannot possibly manage it on my own, and anyway need the money from it . I understand that wanting to sell and actually doing so are not the same but I did wonder if anybody could help me with any of the following or even tell me where to go next for advice on it. I speak french reasonably but am not so good with legal jargon and my head is, as you can imagine, a blur.

    1. how long are his accounts likely to be frozen and what do I have to do to get them unfrozen? I havent told the bank yet but the funeral directors tell me it is frozen. Meantime I will have to borrow money, and the family will help me with that. if they lend me money do i have to declare it somewhere or what?

    2. the gite house is likely (in the event of being able to sell it) to have a capital gains tax issue. It isnt our main home and I have declared all the income we have received from renting it out in the holidays for the last 5 years. It isnt registered anywhere as a business, excpet with the tax office as a micro bic. We bought it in 2002 for £125k and its now worth about £300k (obviously this is a guess). Mostly this is because of the work we did on it - my husband did most of it himself and we spent about £70k on it but that included furniture and fixings and NO labour costs, as he did the work himself. no, or very few artisans were involved (we did have the pool liner fitted by a proffessional) . I may have a few bill from bricolage shops but not many. My question is would I have to move into it to make it my own home to avoid this and if so for how long? I wouldnt really want to do this, I want to stay here in my own home in Gers (32), the gite is in Hautes Pyrenees (65) if that makes any difference. If there is CGT liability, any ideas on how much it is likley to be and at what rate it would be applied? who would know - a notaire? do i need to make an appointment to see one or should I get the house valued first? (I am fully booked with tourists until mid september so this is not that easy either)

    3. am I likely to get any reduction in taxe fonciere and habitation on either house as I am just me now? I am trying to calculate what I will need to live on if I can stay here and these two bills for the two houses are considerable.

    4. if I manage to find someone to help me to do the next four back to back changeovers (it is a 5 bedrooom place with a pool, no way can i manage the changeover in 6 hours myself), can i pay them ? how do I do so and am I breaking any laws? I dont have a CESU book and one wouldnt come through in time. The alternative is to cancel peoples holidays at a weeks notice and pay them back but the accounts are frozen so I cant really do that either.

    5. will it be just assumed that I have this community universell and everything passes to me (thank goodness we did that, never ever imagined this would happen) or do I have to get something rubber stamped etc. Who should I see about this?

    grateful for any insight into any of the above at this difficult time, I have tried to keep emotion out of it and deal with the practicalities but there is so much to do, brain has gone to mush and I just dont know what to do next.

    Thank you in advance


  10. I have recently and suddenly been bereaved, My 48 year old husband dropped dead 10 days ago. .

    I need to sell his van - I cant drive it, its manual and too big, I can only drive automatic and my family say i must get something more reliable than my RHD peugeot 106 that is 16 years old. Given its unreliability and my sudden aloneness, I can see this needs to be sorted asap. I live in a rural area and need to be able to get around safely, and need to sort this out quickly. I am not sure whether to post here or in the legal forum but I would be extremely grateful for any adivce,

    My questions, if anybody can answer them are:

    1. Is the van mine to sell? it is in both our names in insurance but just his on the carte grise, Maybe I have to wait until the notaire or whoever has freed up the estate (whcih all passes to me, we have a community universel)?

    2. Is there a scrappage scheme or equivalent in place here where I could trade my uk peugeot in? I realise it has no value. which is why we kept it, for me to drive for short hops.

    3. I need an automatic which is not common here. Any recomendations or insights or even cars to look into would be good. I shall want to buy from a proffesional to get a warranty as I know nothing about cars. I know renault clio comes in automatic but does anybody know any others available here and preferrably french so I can easily get them seen to, though I dont suppose spare parts is an issue as I wouldnt be able to fit them anyway. I would prefer a diesel, for economy and I have a golden retriever so a hatchback is needed. I would be scared to drive anything too big.

    grateful for any advice or help at all at this time. I am in the Gers (32) if that makes any difference

    Thank you


  11. Thanks people,

    have ordered one the right size from an industrial supplier - its not specifically for cement mixers but none of those lawnmowere belts are anything like the right sizes. It was forty euros with postage, so a bit of an expensive punt if it doesnt work but a good saving if it does.

  12. Hello,

    The belt has gone on my Guy Noel betonniere (cement mixer). I cannot find any working website for Guy Noel, nor anybody selling spare parts for them.

    Can anybody point me in the right direction to buy spare parts/consummables for these machines?

    Very grateful if anybody can.


  13. Thank you Steve, and sorry to be so long coming back to say so, Ive had no internet!

  14. Our gites pool has a conforming security cover, the blue sort, like a heavy duty tarp that fixes with webbin straps into the pool terrace concrete. We've had it 5 years.

    The webbing strap that you use to pull the cover back over the pool (ie to close it) has broken - it has broken about a foot from the roller end. Probably where it takes the most strain.

    Does anybody know how on earth we go about fixing/solving this before the season?  I cant see that hand sewing it is going to be anywhere near strong enough, the sewing machine could I supose be taken poolside but I doubt that a double thickness will go under the machine and we cant take it anywhere because its all attached. We cant take the strap off either, it means drilling out the rivets and that would invalidate it anyway. No way can we afford a new cover, we are barely staying alive as it is.

    I hope this makes sense. Thousands of thes covers were sold , I cant be the only one with this problem surely?

    Does anybody have any ideas at all?

    Thank you

  15. thanks very much for the promt reply, think we will save the transpoder disscusion for another time
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