First of All, Let's Use All the Lawyers

With all due respect for William Shakespeare, John Gleidman explains the value brought to the table by a well utilized business lawyer. Among his observations, the well utilized business lawyer:

* Asks you strategic questions to help you achieve your goals.

* Gives you process-related advice to help you get from Point A to Point B

* Works as part of the negotiating team, giving advice on what positions can or cannot be taken based on prior deal experience.

* Documents your intentions clearly.