It was an interesting chain of events. I called her first and she said a flat fee. Once the contract entered attorney review, that's when I got a letter saying that there would be a charge for unusual cases. Can I simply pay up now, and dispute the charges after closing?
Setting a fee and then changing it seems like "dirty pool" to me....you should have been informed as to the method of charges prior to finalizing engagement. From the additional detail, your choices seem to be:
Pay up, and hope you get some satisfaction afterwards
Fire her and get someone to finish the job
Indeed. She tells me that if she charges hourly for all the "extra" work, the bill would run into the thousands. And she is threatening to charge the time for the discussion of the fees as well!
We can always discuss this privately, as a free consult, about your options concerning the other attorney. My e-mail is email@example.com