Interview the lawyer and the law office. Ask to meet with the lawyer at his or her office, for a short period of time, not necessarily for legal advice, but merely to see if you are comfortable with that person and office. When you meet, is your meeting with one of the named principles of the office, or are you meeting with a lawyer that is not featured in the firm's literature, possibly a lawyer you never heard of and did not expect to meet with? At some firms you might not even meet with a lawyer at all, but may meet with a paralegal or secretary on your first or even subsequent visits. While at the office, ask to take a look around. Does the office appear neat and organized, or are there files stacked haphazardly around? However, even if you meet with a lawyer who you like and he or she has a very efficient and impressive office, you still need to know much more.