As usually happens in periods of economic stress, bank regulators have become more intense in their examinations of banks and more stringent in the types of remedial agreements they require banks to sign. The old joke that a regulator's job is to come through when the battle is over and shoot the wounded is an unfair gibe, but the fact is, bank regulators are imposing stricter rules than at any time in recent memory. Here are five leading questions that banks are calling on their lawyers to help them address: