The first way you know that you have a good lawyer is by having a lawyer who is not overconfident about the end results of your case. No matter how good and professional your lawyer really is , he should never be able to predict how your case will turn out once it is finished in court. As the court proceedings go on, it is possible to have some developments that might affect the case negatively or positively and that is why a person may never be able to tell whether they will win in the case or not. It is not possible to know whether you will receive all you want to receive from the accused side even if you do win the case.
What a responsible lawyer will do is that he will give you the confidence that he will do all he possibly can to give you the best results in the case. The time that the case will take for it to be over, the compensation and winning the case is something that a good lawyer should never assure you on or something that he should never get your hopes up for.
The next one is that your lawyer should not act as a pushy salesman if he is a good one. You should be able to read and understand anything that you are about to sign before you get into any agreement with the lawyer. A good lawyer should be able to tell you about all the details that have to do with all the necessary documents that you should sign and also about what you will really be dealing with once you sing all the necessary documents.
Moving from one lawyer to the other should be very possible for you to do if you feel the need to do so without the current lawyer not giving you headache if he is a good lawyer. You should be able to move on to another lawyer if the one you have currently is not actually giving you the services that you had hoped for when you hire him.
Another thing that a good lawyer will do is help you to understand everything about what your case entails and all there is to know about how your case will go on. Patience is a virtue that a lawyer should have and especially when it comes to you learning about the whole process. He will not make you feel uncomfortable and unwelcome as you try to understand the process as if you are just wasting his time.
You should know whether or not to file your case by the advise of your lawyer.