The lawyer I mention is mine. I haven't had a chance to ask him this question since we closed the deal, or thought we did, earlier today. I am referring to the Deed, which the seller has to sign indicating that he/she has sold the property to me and it is legally mine. The Deed has to be filed with the Court to make the transaction legal. So, I have paid in full for a house and can't get the keys because he hasn't signed the deed over to me and no one can seem to find him!
Your word "the lawyer" I assume is the seller's lawyer? If not, he/she should answering this for you. If it is the seller's attorney, I would strongly suggest you obtain your own legal council. Also, are referring to closing documents or deed. In Wisconsin the deed is sent by the closing department to the municipality and here we are months behind.