If after thought and careful consideration you have decided to employ an attorney, continually remind yourself of the reason(s) you employed the attorney. Non-attorney opinion concerning your particular issue(s) may be good conversation, but not necessarily good legal advice as it pertains to your unique legal matter.
Just because your neighbor’s house appears similar to your house on the outside, does not mean both homes hang similar pictures on the inside. You and your neighbor’s home are different just as cases with the same subject matter may appear similar, they are as different as the interiors of your respective homes.
If you believe you should get a second or third opinion concerning the issues of your matter or feel uncomfortable for any reason with the current status of your relationship with your current attorney, consult with another attorney who is knowledgeable within the area of law that is appropriate for your issue(s). Your non-attorney friend may mean well but that friend does not have the requisite education and experience to properly assist and advice you with your legal matter.