Law practice, like society itself, has become increasingly complex, specialized and competitive. It is impossible for any lawyer to maintain a complete working knowledge of the multitude of federal, state and local laws, regulations and procedures. For this reason, many lawyers concentrate their practice in one or a few legal fields. Others maintain a more general practice in broad areas of the law frequently encountered by individuals or businesses. Consultation with a general practitioner may be exactly what is necessary to address a particular legal issue. The more complex or specialized the legal issue, however, the more likely the need for an attorney who is particularly knowledgeable and experienced in the applicable specific field of law. These considerations should always be weighed as a part of the decision to select legal counsel.