Patient assignment is another area that can be of conflict if not clearly stated in the contract agreement. Do the doctors share the new patients equally? What about treatment of existing patients in the practice? Are they permitted to see the new associate if they specify no preference in dentists? What about difficult case types? How will staff member handle various patient allocations so as not to cause conflict within the office? As you can clearly see, this area needs careful attention by all concerned parties. Sometimes a dental practice transition expert may need to be consulted as an attorney may not be familiar with these particular circumstances.