When you've finally chosen your consultant, you'll probably be tempted to jump into the work right away. However, your next best step is to draft a contract. Writing a contract may feel like the last thing you want to do after a long selection process. However, neglecting to establish a legal basis for this new consulting relationship can result in everything from an awkward misunderstanding to a drawn-out lawsuit. Once the contract is written, there's one more step you should take before your consultant begins working. If you haven't done so already, take the time to establish clear in-house roles. For example, who will be the project coordinator and what are his or her responsibilities? You may decide to form an advisory committee of board members and others who can lend expertise. Or you may create a steering committee of managers. In any case, it's essential that all relevant parties know their responsibilities and how they will be held accountable.