A flat fee typically means that the lawyer charges a fixed, total fee. This is generally offered if your case is relatively simple or routine. Simple cases might include:
- Writing a basic will
- Overseeing a real estate closing
- An uncontested divorce
- Power of attorney.
It is important that you ask exactly what services and expenses are covered and what are not. Moreover, it is important to keep in mind that one flat fee may only cover certain things, and a client may need to pay more for additional services.
A flat fee is generally not offered for a court case or a personal injury case.
It never hurts to compare fees between a few lawyers. However, in addition to fitting your budget, the most important thing to look for in a lawyer is how well they fit the needs of your case.
It is best practice to get a fee agreement in writing. If you feel that your attorney has breached this agreement, you may be able to sue for attorney malpractice.