If you need to know something from a person who is more knowledgeable than you, such as a highly specialized partner at a law firm or your colleague in the law department, there is some pointed advice from Intelligent Life, Spring 2008 at 27. Don’t waste your time gathering reams of information. “Ask your experts for two-minute briefings, or the top three points. Instead of asking for advice, quiz them about what they would do if they were in your place” (See my post of May 16, 2006: how to manage a lawyer who knows more than you know.).