A bit of research goes a long way. To start, know that an attorney’s area(s) of practice and experience are extremely important. Ask a potential attorney questions that will help you understand how they’ve handled similar matters in the past. Discuss possible outcomes. 

You should also find out how fees will be generated. Will you be charged a flat fee, contingent fee, or be billed hourly?

Finally, decide if you are comfortable sharing the personal aspects of your case with the attorney. This relationship should be one that is based on trust and respect.