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Recently I closed on a house purchase. When selecting out lawyer he set out the flat fee in our first meeting. This was verbal. No written follow up. His fee remained the same until our closing day.
At closing, on the HUD-1 he had raised his fee by nearly 60%. He knew that signing the closing then and there was our only chance to close, we had a difficult seller.
Effectively, with the closing papers to sign, requiring his witness and counter signature, I was blackmailed into agreeing his higher fee. In addition, by that point the closing costs were already in his account.
Was this legal or ethical?
In addition, since closing he confessed to making a mistake with the maths and actually under-charging me, and has requested an additional fee.
Am I required to pay?