Although a friend or relative may accompany you to the lawyer’s office, it is not advisable to have a third party meet with the lawyer with you. Anything that is discussed between you and a lawyer is protected from disclosure to the other side. But, if a third party attends that meeting, then anything discussed is discoverable by the other side. If the matters discussed and the advice given is general, then there may not be a big issue. But, if private or embarrassing matters are on the topic, then you may want to have your friend or relative wait in the lobby.