I’ve used the same plumber for 10-years. The owner of the bike shop I regularly use recommended him to me. The first time he came to my house my dog (a 100-pound all black German Shepard) chased him down the street and the plumber had to jump on the hood of his truck to escape him. Luckily, after composing himself (and after I put my dog in the spare bedroom), he agreed to come back. And using him periodically for several, here’s why I really like him: he explains things to me in a way I understand; he recommends only what really needs to be done; he charges me a reasonable rate; and he always does what he says he will do.
I really can’t think of a better model for a good lawyer than my plumber. There are usually countless options available in any legal matter but usually only one or two make any sense. I think it’s important that my clients understand these options and I always offer an opinion on what makes the most sense. It’s also important that there is an agreed upon plan, it is executed with some urgency and that there is a reasonable expectation of the results that can be achieved. Unlike my plumber, I have an office and a website (he’s the kind of guy that you have to know someone that knows him before you can hire him); but, if you need a good plumber let me know and I can point you in the right direction.