Speaking as someone who had lawyers for both a mother and a father, (actually, my mother was a judge, til she retired to collect art full time)
I can say that they are just people, and not so scary close up as their reputation would suggest.
And guess what- there are actually lawyers who will help needy artists, for FREE! Depends on the situation, of course- and often it is worth paying a lawyer a bit now, to save a lot later.
California Lawyers for the Arts (Santa Monica)
1641 18th St.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
California Lawyers for the Arts (San Francisco)
Fort Mason Center, Building C, Rm 255
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 775-1143 Fax