Choosing a lawyer is a difficult and critical task. When you are looking for an attorney, there are three critical components you should look for: (1) integrity; (2) competence; and (3) reliability.
If any of the above is missing, you should look for a different lawyer. A lawyer without integrity will rip you off; a lawyer without competence will do a bad job; and it does not matter how much integrity your lawyer has, or how competent he is, if your lawyer cannot be reached when you need him, he is no good. It is difficult to figure out whether a lawyer meets the above three criteria. You should do yourself a favor by visiting at least two to three attorneys to get a feel for the level of service, attention, and competence you will be receiving.