Talk to friends and family. Chances are good that someone you know has used a lawyer or knows someone who has. Ask friends and family who they used and about their experience. Were they satisfied with the service they were provided? Ask for specifics about why they did – or did not- feel their lawyer provided good service. Find out if the lawyer returned telephone calls or emails in a timely manner, whether the case was pursued and completed in a reasonable time, whether the lawyer listened to requests and concerns, whether the person was kept informed about the status of his or her case, whether fees charged were fair and bills detailed enough to know what legal work was completed on the case.

To sue a lawyer you need to establish clearly that the lawyer had wronged you. The court needs to know in no uncertain terms that the lawyer let you down on a case you would have otherwise won. Suing a lawyer has to be done quickly, find out from your state bar association or court what the time limit is.

The best time to do this is the night before. The very act of planning each day, each week, each month, in advance will make you far sharper and more precise at everything you do. You will find yourself with better focus and a greater sense of self-control and personal power when you work from a list. Your efficiency will automatically jump and your financial management will be performed more professionally.

If you have questions about the status of your case will the lawyer you meet with call you back, or will you get a call from some paralegal you’ve never met before? When you call the office will you have to give them a file number for them to know who you are and what’s going on with your case, or will the attorney have these facts at his fingertips?

Great communication is essential where the law is involved. During the interview see if you’re getting straight answers and when talking to previous clients check how easy it was to contact and the solicitor during the divorce proceedings.

Your comfort level: Never discount your gut feelings. Once you have done all the necessary due diligence, sit down with the lawyer you have decided on. You must follow your feelings when talking to any prospective lawyer. Try to decipher whether they seem genuinely interested in your case and in helping you. If you are not comfortable with the lawyer you have chosen you will not be a good fit. If you have any doubts, find another lawyer. You have to be comfortable with your lawyer and believe that they will work in your best interest.

Like any major decision in life–it’s a combination of research of the facts followed by an intuitive conclusion. Usually you need both to make a great decision and hiring a lawyer is no exception.