Before hiring an attorney, check whether he or she has malpractice insurance. If the attorney doesn’t, that has three bad implications. First, it may indicate carelessness. Second, it may indicate a bad track record, so that the attorney can’t get affordable malpractice insurance. Three, it may indicate that if the attorney ruins your case, and you sue for malpractice, he or she will simply go bankrupt. Having seen that happen, I know clients can be left in dire straits.