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What is the recommended method / practice when it comes to filing a provisional patent? How specific does the provisional have to be? Should I file separate provisionals for technology and business methods?

Lastly, should I use a lawyer in this process? I know that isn't the greatest question but, I'm launching a new business and funds are tight..

My business partner and I will be launching a new business in the coming weeks. We have developed proprietary technology (software) that is very unique & exciting. We know that other large technology companies have tried to develop similar technology and failed.

Any thoughts / ideas / feedback / recommendations on the provisional filing process would be much appreciated.

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Please add your location by editing your post, as the process can be different depending on where you are filing from. And if you intend to file other International applications. –  Ron J. Jul 3 '14 at 12:52

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