legal tips

How to Prepare for Your FREE Consultation

At Cabanillas & Associates, we are proud to offer free consultations at each of our eight office locations in the tri-state area. We understand that coming in for your free consultation can be nerve-wracking and overwhelming so we’ve put together some tips to help you make the most of your time.



Documents and other paperwork pertaining to your legal issue helps our attorneys to quickly familiarize themselves with the background of your case. The type of paperwork you should bring in is dependent on the type of legal issue you have.

Upon booking your free Cabanillas & Associates consultation online, you will automatically receive an email from us that lists the types of documents you should bring in. If you prefer to book your free consultation with us by phone, our representative will be sure to share the list of documents you should plan to bring with you.

Key Facts About Your Case

While legal issues certainly can bring on strong emotions, we are best able to help you by sticking to the logistics of the situation. The most helpful thing you can do when you come in for your free legal consultation is to limit the emotional part of your story and try to focus on the facts.

Some of the key facts to focus on include the type of dispute you have (harassment, contract, divorce, etc.), key players in your dispute, the date the dispute or problem began, key events of your dispute including a “who, what, when, where, and why” narrative, and the current status of your dispute. You should also include a short (one or two-sentence) description of what you’d like to see happen in your legal dispute. If you do not have all of these facts, it is ok but try to think about as many of them as you can before you come in so you’re better able to communicate the legal issue to us.

Your Questions

Don’t be afraid to ask questions during and after your consultation. Questions regarding your legal options, fees, time, likelihood of success, and your lawyer’s experience with similar situations are just a few examples of the types of questions you may have. It is easy to forget everything you want to ask about your case so we encourage you to write down your questions.


Arrive on Time

Our legal experts must keep their commitments to clients and to the courts, therefore we must adhere to a strict schedule. Please arrive on time.

Be Succinct

What is legally important may be different than what seems important so stick to the facts of the issue and focus on the questions you are asked in the consultation.

Be Honest

We can only help you if we are aware of all of the facts in your case. By holding back or hiding something, you may be hurting your chances for success.

Take Notes

Much will be discussed in your free consultation and it will be difficult to remember all of it which is why we encourage people to take notes. Don’t limit your notes to the answers to the questions you bring in with you (although those are important!) Include important dates and deadlines mentioned plus any next steps for the case that are shared.

Ask for Clarification

If you find yourself confused by some of what is being discussed, don’t fret - Legal jargon (also known as “legalese”) can be very confusing! We are happy to further explain what we mean so don’t hesitate to ask for clarification if we say something you don’t fully understand.

We hope these tips have helped you to feel more confident about coming in for your free legal consultation at Cabanillas & Associates. If you’re ready to book your free consultation, we invite you to do so by clicking the button below or calling us at 1-800-LA FIRMA (1-800-523-4762).