A: The most fundamental concept to selecting a lawyer is “trust.” Ed Flores is a former Orange County senior deputy DA. Your lawyer will be the person to whom you confide. You must trust your lawyer’s experience and counsel. Sit down with the lawyer and speak with him or her. Ask the lawyer if they have experience with your type of case, but do not regard this as the sole qualification. The lawyer may have experience in many other types of cases that are readily transferable to your case and be an excellent lawyer to boot. Do not feel compelled to hire that lawyer simply because you are in the office. Speak with a few attorneys if you are unsure and do not simply let the fee be your guide. It is true that we do not select heart surgeons based upon their fee. The same care should be taken when retaining a lawyer. See How to Choose a Lawyer.