"Enter into that contract will you hmm? Difficult to see the future is. Trust him I do not!"However, when recently remembering some of Princess Leia's appearances (stop thinking bikini in Return of the Jedi guys) I remembered this line from Episode IV: The New Hope responding to Governer Tarkin's claim that the Death Star meant no planet would dare oppose the Emporer:
"The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers"What on earth is the relevance of this to drafting I hear you ask (not in space of course since sound cannot travel in that vacuum)?
There are some lawyers and, indeed, some clients who believe that in order to make every contract watertight (I am yet to see any contract which achieves this aim) it must cater for every possible event. They will spend painstaking hours trying to conceive every possible (and impossible) "what if" and then seek to draft a provision to deal with it.
However, too much specificity (might be an abuse of a statistical defintion this) has negative consequences. It is next to impossible to draft for every eventuality. The more specific your drafting ("the more you tighten your grip") the greater the risk that events not specifically mentioned will not get caught ("the more star systems will slip through your fingers").
So not only will you have spent a lot of time and cost on legislating for events that will probably never happen, you have quite possibly reduced the chances of dealing properly with the unpredictable one that does.
Identify the real commercial and legal risks (not the distant "what ifs") and draft specifically for those. The rest cover with more general drafting; it's cheaper, more efficient and better for your client in the long run.
Beware the dark side of the law and may the force be with you.