The first step, whether it is a family law matter or an estate litigation matter, is to book a meeting with a lawyer. This allows you to explain the situation, ask all of the questions you want and leave with a clear idea of your options and a strategy to move forward. If you have a real issue, there’s no point in wasting time. For that reason, we provide legal advice in our initial meetings and the meeting is charged at the lawyer’s hourly rate. We want to ensure that the meeting is as helpful as possible for you. There is no obligation after the initial meeting to retain a lawyer. Most of the time, we’ll advise you to think about your options before moving forward. This is the best use of a limited amount of funds in order to move your case forward.