I had already been to 3 consults. Finally a guy I work with mentioned that he had dated a girl in high school who had gone on to become an attorney and suggested that I give her a call.
WOW! Where the others I had talked with were watching the clock, refusing to give me any guidance until they had been retained, and generally talked to me as though I am a moron, this woman actually took the time to listen to my entire story by telephone. (And it's a doozy of a story!) She then set the appointment, and gave me some general advice on how to protect myself legally until I can get in to see her. That first phone call lasted about an hour.
Two nights ago, she called again (after hours) to reschedule due to the weather and to see if there had been any new developments. She also asked about my emotional state and said that in light of my circumstances, I might want to consider some counseling. That call lasted about 30 minutes.
I have 45 minutes of her time on Monday as my free consultation. One of the other idiots charged me $100 for 15 minutes (which I did not know about until the consultation was over).
I accidently found a caring and compassionate lawyer. Who knew such a thing existed?
I don't know yet if she is the best lawyer in the world, but at this point I have every confidence that she has my best interests at heart and will do her best.