A la carte means you can select from the full menu of services that a full service law office offers, instead of being required to buy the full menu. In other words, if you want advice only, you only purchase advice. If you want legal research or writing, you only purchase legal research or writing. Your lawyer can teach you how to negotiate, coach you on court appearances, prepare you for mediation. And, if you do want your attorney to do it all, that’s okay, too.