May a notaire refuse certain work in France?

Can a notaire refuse work? I have been told of a case where a notaire would not deal with settling the estate of a family member who had died because he thought it was not worthwhile due to the low value involved.  Some­one else I know asked a notaire to draw up a will for her estate which includes a house in Romania but the notaire refused saying it would be complicated and not worth it for him. H.T.

Honorary avocat Gerard Barron from Boulogne-sur-Mer said that, although a notaire is on the one hand a state official, he or she is also a member of a profession libérale and may refuse to act in certain circumstances.

These include where he or she considers the work requested requires particular knowledge which they may be lacking, where the instructions conflict with the notaire’s personal ...

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