5. Tour the lawyer’s law office. You can tell a lot about an attorney from his law office. Request a brief tour of his office, beyond the office or conference room where you met with the lawyer. Is the law office neat, orderly, efficient and well-run? What kind of support staff does the lawyer employ? Does staff appear friendly and helpful? Is the lawyer’s office local and easily accessible? Is a large portion of his office space unoccupied? Watch for red flags such as mass disarray, unhappy staff members, empty offices and unreturned phone calls.
By taking these steps, you can select a lawyer with the legal skills and personal qualities that will best serve your needs.
*Excerpted and edited from an article on “The Balance” web site.