Sometimes, people need assistance evaluating the pros and cons of a limited number of choices on a specific topic or question.
Examples include: When should I take social security? Should I do a full or partial IRA to Roth conversion? Advice on stock option planning, ESPP, or other form of equity compensation. Whether to pay off a mortgage or refinance a home. These are just a few examples in a long list of possibilities.
These types of consultations are done as hourly engagements to address a specific topic without the context of an overall financial plan.