Do your research. Your attorney should be in good standing with the bar of your state and has not been disciplined or suspended from practicing law. Check with your state’s disciplinary review board to determine if he or she was the subject of public discipline or reinstatement proceedings. You can find this information with either the local state or county bar association or the state supreme court disciplinary review board. You should also vet your attorney by checking websites, social media, etc. Finally, ask friends and family for recommendations. If they cannot recommend someone to you, then ask the attorney for referrals.