This first meeting with a lawyer is an opportunity to do several things.  It allows you to: assess whether you and the lawyer are compatible to work together; learn about the different options and resources available to you to address your legal matter; obtain general legal advice; and create a plan for moving forward. A consultation is also an opportunity to learn what the relationship with your lawyer will look like and the meeting should provide you with estimates of the cost of providing legal services. When faced with a legal matter, a consultation is a wise investment and allows you to have the information you need to map out how best for you and your family to move forward.