Just in case you haven't heard, most lawyers are a pain in the ass and all lawsuits suck. If this is news to you, get down on your knees and thank God that you haven't yet learned this lesson.

One of the toughest truths in business is that you'll be involved in litigation. It's going to happen, no matter how cautious you are. I speak from experience. While we've only been involved in a few lawsuits, and it took seven years for our first, they've been difficult experiences for me. What I can tell you is that if you work in business, they will happen, and with each one, they get easier and easier to stomach.

The sooner you understand that it's going to happen at some point, the easier it will be to deal with it when it does happen. Don't get me wrong -- when it does happen, you'll be shocked, angry and scared, but you will get through it. What follows are six steps you need to take to protect yourself and keep the angst at a minimum.