Shop around to make sure the attorney is the right fit for you. There are lots of attorneys out there, and you will hear good and bad about everyone. Making sure that you are happy with the person you pick is more important than anything else. Part of being happy is understanding how that attorney communicates with clients and the fee schedule. Ask about both during the initial consultation so that you understand exactly what you are getting. Also be aware that attorneys in our area have historically lower per hour rates than those in Seattle and Spokane. Many times a small town attorney gets you more bang for your buck.