This article, from the Law Society of Ontario, provides good general information on “What to do for your first meeting with your lawyer”.
At your first meeting, you need to tell your lawyer or paralegal what has happened. You will want to find out how the law applies to your situation and what kind of legal options you have. You should also find out how much it will cost to hire the lawyer or paralegal to work for you.
Your goal is to decide if you want to hire the lawyer or paralegal. If you do, your first meeting is the beginning of a working relationship.
Please note: It is a good idea to ask the lawyer or paralegal whether you will be charged for your first meeting. If this meeting has been arranged through the Law Society Referral Service, you are entitled to a free consultation of up to 30 minutes. However, the consultation does not include legal work. If you ask the lawyer or paralegal to do any legal work (even during the consultation period), there may be a charge involved.
About your legal options
About your case
About your lawyer’s or paralegal’s office practices