Comfort Level - Are you comfortable telling the lawyer personal information? Does the lawyer seem interested in solving your problem?
Credentials - How long has the lawyer been in practice? Has the lawyer worked on other cases similar to yours?
Cost - How are the lawyer's fees structured - hourly or flat fee? Can the lawyer estimate the cost of your case?
City - Is the lawyer's office conveniently located?
Given the significance of the decision, it is often important, if not necessary to meet with any prospective attorney in person. In this way, you will benefit from your instincts and the type of impression that the prospective lawyer has on you.
Because this relationship is one that will require mutual trust, you must feel comfortable with the person in whom you are relying so heavily.