Posted by John Corey on March 28, 2006 at 07:06:51:
I do not suggest a RE attorney for states where the bulk of the deals are closed at a title company (western states mostly). Unless you want to have special contract terms you can tie up the property and use standard documents for many deals. When most deals use standard contracts a seller could get concerned if your attorney is drawing up a custom contract.
In states where you will have to hire an attorney just to close the transaction having one draw up the contracts will feel normal to the seller.
You need to know what you are doing. Hence an attorney is always recommended if you want legal advice. Just be careful about not complicating the process or scaring off the seller.