Originally Posted by mrred
Can't agree more. This is business.
I have been working as a consulting structural engineer for the past 20 years and I have done work for family and friends. Family and friends get the same contract as any other client. If I don't have them sign a contract it is because I do not expect to be paid for helping them.
I would shut down your friends efforts. If you decide you want him to finish the job, then y'all need a written contract.
Going 70% over budget needs to be justified. Did you ask for changes or more features? Or was your friend overly optimistic in what he could get done?