I worked for a small company that obliterated its IT department, then contracted me to implement a new project. They handed me a contract which i edited liberally before signing it. The owner, who knew me but we had little do do with each other, asked why i was doing this to a standard contract. I mentioned how ridiculous some clauses were, and he resigned to it and let it go. I assume he never meant to execute any of the clauses. In fact, i get the feeling he never even read it. Nonetheless, if i had started a successful company that was even remotely related to their business, i'm sure he would have reviewed it with a fine-tooth(ed) comb.