Make sure the layer has a plan. Once you have told the attorney what your unique situation is, before you sign an agreement, you should have him / her clarify how (s)he will handle the case. Ask the following:
a. Who will be handling my case?
b. Will there be any other lawyers working on my case?
c. How many cases like this have you handled?
d. How much time will you need from me to provide information and prepare?
e. What would our first steps be?
f. How long is this likely to take?