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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

No, not in California.  If we have an attorney involved in a real estate action ... it usually means trouble (LOL). 

Jun 16, 2015 12:43 AM
Dex Hubbard
Murphy, NC

I always do, and I have the best one in the area on speed dial. Having a competent attorney who forsee's any hiccups and fixes them before they are a problem is priceless. 

Jun 16, 2015 12:23 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Not in California.  We did use attorneys to review lease documents for office buildings and retail establishments, but not for sales.  In So Cal, we have title companies and escrow companies.  In Northern Cal they do it all with the the Title company.  A

Jun 16, 2015 01:46 AM
Theo Shaw
Baird & Warner Residential Real Estate - Evanston, IL
Serving Evanston, IL & Beyond

In Illinois, both parties are represented by attorneys.  The attorneys do contract review, and do title searches as agents of the title company which holds the cloisng and provides payout.  As long as the clients use Real Estate Attorneys, and not Uncle Bob the retired litigation attorney, everything works out well. 

Sellers don't have to attend closings (they can give Power of Attorney to their attorney for the closing), but both attorneys, and the buyers attend the closings, which are almost always at the title company the sellers' attorney uses.


Jun 16, 2015 12:45 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

I'm in California and the use of attorneys for our transactions is not typical.  

Jun 16, 2015 12:41 AM
Mari Armstrong
ArmsLink Realty - Murrells Inlet, SC
Offering You Honesty, Sincerity and Integrity

In South Carolina all closings are done by attorneys at their office. We rarely have both parties at closing. 

Jun 16, 2015 12:13 AM
Raymond Denton
Homesmart / Evergreen Realty - Irvine, CA
Irvine Realtor®

I recently closed a transaction in New York, and the homeowner asked if an Attorney was required.  I checked and Attorney's are optional, but most folks in New York use them for their Real Estate transactions.  I explained that to my Clients, and they said they've always used an Attorney with their Real Estate transactions, and opted to pay the Attorney's additional fee, so he could review all their paperwork, and attend the Closing.

Jun 16, 2015 07:51 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

In California, no, unless the buyer or seller hires them. We use title companies. 

In Florida, we have negotiated rates with several law firms and we offer those law firms to our clients, but the final decision it their s to make.

Jun 16, 2015 12:54 AM
Donna Quinlan
Keller Williams Realty - Newburyport, MA
Keller Williams Realtor & Career Consultant

In the state of MA all closings are held by attorneys. In NH mostly it is a Title Company that holds the closings, otherwise it is an attorney.  At most closings, but not all, both parties are present. 

Who handles the closings in Missouri?

Jun 16, 2015 12:42 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Shanna Hall When I first got into the business, attorney's did the closing here in Northern Virginia. Now there are both attorney's and title companies who do the closings. It is also legal for a Broker to do closings, if they register with the Virginia State Bar and meet other regulatory conditions.

Jun 16, 2015 12:38 AM
Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA

In Louisiana all closing are attended by an attorney. 

Jun 16, 2015 12:33 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

In North and South Carolina attorneys close the transaction, do title search, payoffs, etc., but are not involed in any contract review process.

Jun 16, 2015 12:22 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

It is not mandatory for each transaction but highly recommended.

Jun 16, 2015 12:07 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

we use attorneys in our state.... every client of ours has an attorney by his/her side through the process....we insist upon it...the only attorney that's required is the bank's attorney, but we make sure our clients have legal representation.... always.

Jun 15, 2015 11:47 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

It's not a requirement, but I like to use one for the title and the closing.

Feb 22, 2019 05:48 AM
Nancy Robinson Ranked #6 in MI
Century 21 Town and Country - Royal Oak, MI
#11 Century21 Realtor in the US, #16 in the World

In Michigan it is really rare to have a hired lawyer come ot a closing.   Mostly when a lawyer is in the room they are there as a buyer or seller.  Or there is a huge problem.

Jun 22, 2015 01:13 PM
Scott Parks
Take Action Properties LLC - Palm Coast, FL
Real Estate Agent serving Flagler County


It's very rare in our area (Flagler County)  for attorneys get involved. Although they do get involved during short sales, bankruptcy’s and divorce cases.

Jun 17, 2015 06:06 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

In Texas the majority of the transactions are closed at title companies.  Mainly because of the contracts our state commission requires us to use.

Jun 16, 2015 09:35 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Burlington, MA
Metro Boston Homes For Sale

Shanna Hall- it's other way round for us in MA - we have attorneys for closings/real estate transactions.

Jun 16, 2015 03:30 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I'm in Georgia.  Very rarely do we have an attorney involved in the "contract" phase, but we don't have title companies in Georgia and by law all closings are conducted by an attorney so yes, it is standard, but not like in NY where attorneys "review".  The attorney here represents the bank in a transaction with a loan and the buyer in a cash transaction or the seller if the seller happens to be doing owner financing.

Jun 16, 2015 03:18 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

NO...The few times I did have one there it took an extra hour or so.

Jun 16, 2015 01:06 PM
Shanna Hall
Real Estate Solutions - Kirkwood, MO
I love selling houses!!!St. Louis, MO 314-703-1311

Olga Simoncelli your title people expect to be tipped- I have never heard of that!  I think you have an interesting blog you can write!

Jun 16, 2015 12:31 PM
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

Attorneys always do our closings and recording of the Deed.

Jun 16, 2015 11:15 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

In our area in CT both sellers and buyers use separate attorneys. If there are mortgage documents, the buyers' attorney also handles the bank documents, sort of representing the bank. In NY state, attorneys generally refuse to represent the bank, citing conflict of interest, so there might be a bank rep in the room as well, plus title people (who, by the way, expect to be tipped, generously). 

Jun 16, 2015 10:47 AM
Monique MacLelland
MoeMac Commercial, LLC - Dallas, TX

I am in Dallas, TX and we rarely use attorneys if at all.  

Moe MacLelland

Jun 16, 2015 08:38 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Rarely if ever in Oklahoma.

Jun 16, 2015 08:33 AM
Teri Pacitto
Compass - Westlake Village, CA
Real Estate, Your Style...Your Home...My Specialty

Rarely in CA.  Only for Probate, some Trust Sales.  

Jun 16, 2015 08:03 AM
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

We're an escrow state, meaning we use escrow services to hold fund, disperse funds, record deeds, etc.  We have title to perform title seaches, prepare pre-liminary title reports, provide title insurance, etc.  We don't need a lawyer's review.  Don't need a lawyer to hold funds, distribute funds or anything else connected to a purchase.  I went to a new construction and the builder said to my clients "Oh, I see you have your lawyer with you," and then laughed.  Exactly!!  My clients are fully represented.

Jun 16, 2015 07:54 AM
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Not an agent, but a Lender here ... in Illinois.  And yes, most transactions I'm involved in have an attorney involved.  Typically on both sides of the transaction ... at least for documentation.   Closings are typically held at the title companies ( and providing Closer), although other locations are possible too.  Both seller and buyer attorneys are usually in attendance.  


Jun 16, 2015 07:46 AM
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

It's not a state but rather a county.  We are in Collier County, Naples, Florida.  We prefer title companies.

Jun 16, 2015 05:43 AM
Stefan Winter
Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger - Las Vegas, NV
Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech

In IL it is pretty much every transaction, OH & NV almost never. I am licensed on those 3 states so I'll leave it at those.

Jun 16, 2015 04:51 AM
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Shanna, our state is one of the lowest in closing costs for the nation, so I will let you guess if it is an attorney state or not.

Jun 16, 2015 04:39 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

New York..attorneys very involved.  I'm not an agent.

I believe they write the contracts and take care of title and closing.

Jun 16, 2015 04:37 AM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

In Hawaii attorneys are rarely involved. 

Jun 16, 2015 03:41 AM