Health Law Contracts Without Context
How many times do you look for an attorney to review a contract? You ask him or her to review it and give you their input. You're cost conscious so you see if the lawyer will do it for a fixed fee. That seems very business smart, and it is, to a degree.
ProblemsIf the attorney doesn't also give you input re the bigger issues, like how you intend to use the contract, whether you can use it the way you intend, what the regulatory landscape is on the issues captured by the contract, then you're sunk.
Dig Into DetailsIt's a little like looking for input from a carpenter to advise you about a particular wood screw. Which is the best? What about this one? You're efficient and so is the carpenter. You're now clear about this particular screw. But what if--
1. You need to screw a bracket into a wall in your house or an external wall? Is it the right screw of that?; or
2. You get a fine but he local code enforcement boar because there is a local regulation or an interpretation of a state one that frowns on using the screw?
Wouldn't you have wanted to know that? Isn't that the kind of guidance and depth of expertise you prefer? Isn't it reasonable to expect that?
How to Know if You've Got the Right AdvisorThe best advice you can get (on anything) includes an awareness of issues you don't know and questions you didn't ask! Don't settle for less. And don't insist that your question is the only one to ask.
Here are the indications that you have the right advisor:
1. They involve an upfront conversation where they can elicit and share important information to truly advise you;
2. They don't just answer your question. They raise issues and answer all the pertinent questions, including ones that pertain to the practical reality of your situation, not just some law or some contract;
3. They are equally able to educate you about the complexity and also distill it for you so you can understand (and they do both or you!); and
4. They put all this in writing because (a) you don't do what they do and can't remember all this, and (b) they're putting their word and reputation on the line.
Take time to dig a little deeper and to ask more questions. Don't just get in line in someone's busy schedule and sell yourself short.