Determine if the lawyer knows about the law specific to your case. The law is complicated. It would be impossible to be an expert in every area of the law. Most lawyers specialize in a specific area like criminal, civil, real estate, or wills and trusts - you get the idea. Make sure the lawyer you are considering specializes in the area of law most relevant to your issue or need. Do not be afraid to ask hard questions of the attorney before you make a decision. Ask for examples of similar cases to be sure the lawyer has experience and will not be using your hard earned money to learn on the job.