Great posting from an Illinois site discussing legal research assignments that is just as relevant here.
Considering the advice is so sensible, this news needs to get wider circulation:
Here is the information that should be transferred, and so often isn't:
* The name of the case, the identity of the party we represent, and how to bill the time;
* The issue that needs to be answered;
* The facts of the case I think are most pertinent to the issue;
* The procedural posture of the case and how the work product will be used–for a motion to compel, for a response to a motion for summary judgment, for an evaluation letter to the client, etc.
* Whether I think the issue has been researched at any other time in the office, and how to find the old research;
* The result I want to reach, i.e., what I'd like the answer to be, if possible.
* The approximate amount of time I think the project should take, and the form it should take when it's returned to me–an informal memo, a formal memo, a legal brief, a draft letter, etc.