Helen never had any problem with ALL of the lawyers she picked, and every time she went thru that rigorous process like Microsoft Bill Gate who said "recruiting the right person" is the most important thing to get the job done right. And, of course, Bill Gate never hire any of his IT professional by referral because he is very savvy and knows not to pay too much for the value service; that's why he makes lots of money.
And this is true for Helen. Can you be a babysitter and also buy dozens of houses for rent? collecting $30,000+ rent each month? She told me when she invest on her first house, she talk to her Indian neighbor to agree to move over with $50 lower rent in order for her to buy the house, so she missed NO day for the rental of the house. She also did not pay for professional services either. Her tenant ended up stay with her for many years because her rent is always the lowest.
Why Helen bother to search? rather than use referral? According to Helen, referral usually MORE EXPENSIVE because there often to be some kick back. Why she keep on using NEW attorneys? She said, the cheaper the attorney, the younger the attorney, and young attornyes often be very honest since they have not got chance to learn all the tricks to jack up the fee.
A fair statement could be that younger attorney has less living expense, if it cost a young attorney $2000 a month to rent an 1br apt, car loan, food, ...etc, it may cost a senior attorney $6000 a month to pay mortgage on big house, luxury car, travel, ...etc. so for the same amount of working hours, the fee should not be different. That's why for the same type of job, you got $500 to $3,000 range of charge.