However, sometimes one of the parties prepares a document believing it to be a valid and enforceable agreement only to find, after expensive litigation, that it was not a binding agreement at all but merely a non_binding, non_enforceable agreement to agree, letter of intent."
We find exactly the opposite to be true. If you were to go to an unknown area, would you want a map of the area? Well that is exactly what the LOI is: a map of the major deal points. In today's busy world it is important to be sure two parties are going down the same road and in the same direction before spending too much time working out all the details of a transaction.