You did well. It’s important to do your research and find a trusted lawyer. It’s not easy. Some exaggerate their experiences when they know little, and some drag and drag. Overall, Portuguese work at their own pace, not at the client’s pace, and they don’t have a concept of customer service. And they can’t take harsh / direct / constructive comments, they will abruptly walk away.
But the price range of 2k - 4k is quite reasonable. I had someone quoted me (thinking I was a golden visa prospect) 40,000 euro for a lawyer for two people family. It’s unbelievable. Just because I have a Chinese-like name, that makes me rich and stupid?
Anyways, if you need help in any ways, you can get in touch with us. We are a one-stop solution provider that takes you thru all the steps, from account opening, to NIF application, tax representative, to providing investment options/ sourcing (funds, property), visa application. We are not here just to sell the product and leave. We would like to talk you thru the whole journey, to renewal, and then getting the citizenship. Along the way, we provide property management, or other concierge services and advise (school enrolment, dirver license exchange) if needed be.
We don’t do quick sell and walk away. We dont’ charge any agent fee on buying property (seller pays the commission here in Portugal); you don’t pay any extra subscription fee on funds (the fund house has a marketing fee for us); you pay the lawyer directly as well and we partnered with a few, all very reasonably priced, and one is especially a good deal (the benefit of client paying directly to the lawyer is that you save 23% of the VAT). We charge a small consulting fee with services on account opening, NIF application, tax rep, liaising with lawyers and so on.
When you hear crazy quote, or extra fees you have to pay (I saw somewhere on the forum about someone charging a fund validation fee of 10,000), you should walk away.