You know, I bet he sees the word lawyer and immediately assumes the uncharitable. Which is a pity, and another base rookie error. Lawyers are an essential part of any company, particularly start-ups. I've been lucky with a number of start-ups I've been involved in to have lawyers available for at least consultation, and sometimes mentorship. It's invaluable just for getting basic partnership agreements right--I wouldn't even breathe the same air as a start-up that didn't have one. "But we're all friends/family here!" Things come up, even in the best situation. It's not even about protecting authors--who should have any contract read by an agent or publishing lawyer--but rather protecting the company itself from being bankrupted by legal bills when (not if) the inevitable misunderstanding occurs.

Lawyers are your friend in business. Pay the lawyers. They will make you the money back ten times over.