Designing and using templates is the easiest place to start for legal teams that want to streamline their company’s contracting work. They are easiest because they fit precisely within the skillset of the attorneys. Attorneys know the words that go into contracts; actually, they know lots of words (maybe too many). Therein lies much of the problem.

Contracts are complicated, and generally not very user friendly. So, bad templates are often the source of contracting woes. But a simple, easy to read, and reasonable template will go a long way to making the contracting process more efficient.