1 : to give advice to
: counsel [ them to draw up a will]
2 : to give information or notice to [ them of their rights]
1 : to give advice [ on legal matters]
2 : to take counsel [ with your lawyer]
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.