“Everything You Wanted to Know About Consulting But Were Afraid to Ask,” [July] makes a lot of good points. However, I disagree with the recommendation of using a lawyer to review your contracts. I find it far more useful to consult an expert on contracts. Use someone you’ve worked with before, or do some networking to find someone who works on contracts as a profession. These professionals are usually more familiar with contract-specific details—especially regarding government contracts and subcontracts—than a typical attorney.
I had both an attorney and a contracts expert review my first large contract, a government subcontract from a large aerospace company. The expert was much less expensive and far more helpful than the attorney at finding things I needed to negotiate and eliminate from the contract.