Execupundit.com: Never Ever. Michael Wade hits the nail on the head with this one. We never tend to consult professionals for advice until after there is a problem and the decisions have fixed the result in stone. In my real estate practice, this generally takes the form of "I signed this contract to sell (or buy) my house, and now there is a problem". Of course, once the terms and conditions are fixed, it is a much more difficult problem to solve. So, think before you make a decision or sign a document that creates a contract. Get an opinion from a professional. I promise not to say that I wish you had signed it before consulting me.