There are many measures that you can take when hiring an attorney, but the most important one is quite simply to trust yourself.
There are many, many qualified attorneys out there, and many of them could do the job you require quite competently. That said, remember to trust your instincts in order to select the perfect attorney for your needs.
When you first go meet an attorney, pay attention to a few particular factors. Go with your gut. Pay special attention to the kinds of questions an attorney asks you, and also the way in which he or she asks them. Is the attorney just going through the motions, or does he or she actually care about your specific situation? Be very, very wary if an attorney tries to get you to hire him or her right on the spot without any questions about the situation you have found yourself in.
Attorneys are required to tailor their services to your specific situation. Without asking these questions, there will be no way to tailor them to your case.
Many people will tell you that they had a bad feeling about an attorney right from the get-go. There’s just something about a first impression that can tell you immediately if an attorney will be right or wrong for you.
If your gut needs a little help in this area, you can certainly ask for a referral from a friend who has used a certain lawyer before. You can also be sure to speak to several different attorneys before hiring one. This will help you keep your options open. Don’t choose the cheapest attorney every time. While the cheapest attorney might be the best one for you, it’s often a good bet that the cheapest attorney is cheap for a reason. Be sure to do as much research as possible before hiring a cheap attorney (or any attorney for that matter).
In the end, you should use your best instincts in order to choose an attorney. If you don’t feel right about an attorney, chances are there’s a reason. You might learn of that problem immediately or you might learn of it pretty far down the road. It would be a shame and a major stressor if you needed to hire a new attorney in the middle of the legal process, so trust your own instincts and pick the attorney that’s right for you.