Good morning crisd21,
In general you do not need your Attorney to review the written offer, but you can certainly run it by your Attorney at any time. I would never tell a client, "NO, you should not review that docment with your Attorney," when the client is making the biggest financial decision of his or her life. Your team of Professionals---including your Attorney---are there to provide information and feedback so that you can make the best decision for YOU.
A good real estate attorney seeks to do two things in a purchase transaction:
1. Protect her client. This includes a review and revision of the contract of sale to remove any harmful language/requirements. Also a review of the title report to verify there are no obstructions to you, the Purchaser, receiving a good "clean" title at closing. Lastly, a thorough review and explanation of the closing documents.
2. Help the Purchaser accomplish the goal of homeownership. A good real estate attorney understands that buying a home is a happy time: someone's dream is about to come true! Thus, the adversarial nature of the contract transaction gets toned down to a matter of reasonable conversations betwen the Purchaser's and Seller's attorneys. This isn't a lawsuit or divorce case, so the good real estate attorney has to tone down the rhetoric and find reasonable compromises---while still protecting his client---so that the goal of the contract is achieved: a home purchase.
Hope that helps!
PowerHouse Solutions, Inc.
185 Great Neck Rd, Suite 240
Great Neck NY 11021
Licensed Mortgage Banker â€“ NYS Dept. of Financial Services