a lawyer said he would handle my house sale for $800. he contacted the buyer's lawyer then asked me to bring in the abstract. When i got to his office, after he took the abstract, he said he wanted to "clear the air" and said he'd have to raise the price. Then he never quoted a new price what should i do?
3 Answers from Attorneys
Find yourself another lawyer.
What Mr. Nager said.
I agree, unless there was some discussion as to why the increase was necessary. For instance, there may have been problems with the abstract that would increase the estimated time to resolve them to be greatly increased. Not every attorney is a fee gouging one, and there may have been unforeseen complications. I have run into this periodically, and initial fee quotes have to be corrected. I explain why in every instance. I do not low-ball fee quotes, but I do explain from the outset that unforeseen problems do arise and in such cases, the fee quoted may have to be raised. If the problems do arise, I explain it all to my client. Are we missing some facts?
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