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My attorney offered services flat fee which was paid up

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My attorney offered services for a flat fee which was paid up front. This was a verbal agreement and nothing was signed by me or the attorney. Now that the matter is resolved he is sending me a statement with a "new" revised flat fee for an additional $2000. This is the first I've heard of the new fee. Does he have any legal standing for this new charge?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Consumer Protection Law
Expert:  Loren replied 11 months ago.

Good afternoon. I am Loren, a licensed attorney, and I look forward to assisting you.

Expert:  Loren replied 11 months ago.

Do you have any evidence of the original flat fee, such as an email or receipt marked "paid in full"?

Expert:  Loren replied 11 months ago.

Are you online with me?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
No. Nothing is written.
Expert:  Loren replied 11 months ago.

Thank you for the additional information.

An oral fee agreement is enforceable, but it is more difficult to to prove the terms.

You can demand the attorney comply with the flat fee agreemet and, if refused, you can file a disciplinary compliant with the state bar.