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Old 12.01.2018, 15:38
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Re: Need lawyer to dispute a bill from Musikschule

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...They have a piano and a violin teacher...
I re-read your post and this bit popped out at me. It could be that you're liable for some of the cost for the lessons you should have done with the violin teacher, but if there was no new piano teacher you should not be liable for those costs. Maybe someone at the municipality lumped both together, not realizing there wasn't even a piano teacher available?
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Re: Need lawyer to dispute a bill from Musikschule

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I tried talking to them but they only speak German and my German is really bad. The communication didn't go well so we use email instead. Is it wise to hire a lawyer for this?
A lawyer can't work wonders. If you answer her/his questions as precisely as you do those on here it's a waste of money, though s/he'll happily charge you, too.

You have a bill, that's nothing verbal. What did they bill you for? Perhaps upload a scan after blurring out personal details. Also, when did the last lesson with the retired teacher take place? And when did you move, away from which town?
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Re: Need lawyer to dispute a bill from Musikschule

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I wonder if I should just pay that bill or find a lawyer to resolute the dispute?
It's hard to say since a lot of information is missing but my initial impression is that I would not "just pay the bill".

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As others have said the bottom line is: did you follow the termination instructions in the contract or not? If not then there is not much a lawyer can do to help you and of course you will end up spending even more money...
This is not strictly true. The contractual termination instructions may not comply with mandatory statutory law in which case they would not be valid and you would not have to follow them. You can rely on mandatory statutory termination mechanisms, which are always available even if they are not mentioned in the contract. Termination by mutual agreement should also be valid regardless of what the contractual termination instructions say.

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Just go to the Musikschulleiter or/and secretary and ask or call them up. You can't really cancel with the music teacher without consent from Musikschulleitung.
First part is good advice. I agree with all those who have said a lawyer would likely be too expensive and unnecessary. Based on the available information, I would try to resolve this amicably (which does not mean coming unprepared). Second part may be true but note that the Musikschulleitung could potentially consent via the music teacher or through its conduct.

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Filling out that Registration Form is you signing the "contract". It binds you to the school's cancellation policy which is YOUR responsibility to know. As already suggested, speak to the Schulleitung directly. If you are in breach of the cancelllation policy, then don't come in guns blazing to the meeting as you are in a weak position. Maybe use the "piano teacher issue" as bargaining point to cut your losses in half.
You would not be bound by the school cancellation policy (to the extent there is one) unless it is in the form you signed or if the form refers to the policy (and even then it would still have to comply with mandatory law and not contain any unusual clauses that were not specifically brought to your attention, etc.). If the school (or anyone really) wants you to be bound by their policy it is THEIR responsibility to bring it to your attention so you can validly consent.

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There's no base to bill for piano lessons after the teacher retired. If anything the music school was in breach of contract afterwards. You should be able to use this as ammunition in your dispute. If the teacherless state lasted for an extended period of time (say more than a month) it's reasonable to argue that you have the same right and can cancel anytime, basically at will.

First thing is to talk to them, argue, and request written confirmation listing what was agreed upon.
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Two things to consider which may help.

- if the piano teacher didn't show up, then the music school was in breach of contract before you

- if the price goes up significantly that would usually also trigger a break; did they clearly notify you of the change?
These are all good points. I would add that the school cannot unilaterally raise the price unless it has a legal (in this case contractual) basis to do so, which I doubt. There's also potentially a strong argument that the contract with the higher price is another contract entirely that you never agreed to.

I would suggest that you look carefully at the registration form again and collect all other relevant documents such as emails, etc., as if you were building your case. If you do not have evidence of key parts of your story i.e. the discussions with the violin teacher, you can ask her to confirm what happened in writing.
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Re: Need lawyer to dispute a bill from Musikschule

I had a really bad experience with a dentist that sold a false bill to a bill collector that added 200% on top of it and tried to force me pay.

Here is what I did:

- They send me various bills I ignored, since I was never in the dentist at the claimed time and the dentist never tried to contact me.
- after a long time I got a letter from Betreibung and I had 15 days to reply and I was ready to go to court so I replied to Betreibung saying that I would dispute the bill in which case the bill collector needs to go to court and we will provide evidences.

Never heard from them again.

The Betreibung is important that you reply within 15 days, because anyone can place a betreibung on you but doesn't mean it is valid.
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