In Florida, the process is different from many other states.
Here, we have a one-step process: the moment the seller signs the buyer's offer,
the contract is executed and in effect. In other states, an offer is made first, both sides agree on it,
and then the attorney prepares the Purchase and Sales Agreement.
Floridian contracts are approved either by Florida Association of Realtors or Florida BAR, or both.
Agents are allowed to fill in the blanks, basically, and are not allowed to give legal advise (practicing law without a license).
So, in most cases, in a standard transaction, buyers and seller don't engage attorneys to buy or sell a home. They engage them on a "when in need" basis - when a problem arises (which sometimes is not as efficient or useful).
In many cases, Floridian title companies don't have an attorney heading them either.
So, I'd recommend to work with the companies that are headed by attorneys.
Yes, hiring an attorney will cost extra money, and not all attorneys are as good as we'd want them to be either. So, when hiring one, ask for references of the people you trust. For those buyers and sellers who can not afford an attorney - there are legal services available, based on income.
And - for those that don't want to use an attorney - make sure to at least read the contract and ask questions, before signing anything binding.
Hope this helps,
Beachfront Realty, Inc.