As you can see from all of the answers, most Real Estate Agents in NJ will say hire an attorney. I recently had a closing in South Jersey where it's not uncommon for a home buyer or seller to use a title company instead.
What I suggested to them, and I would suggest this to anyone, especially those purchasing a home via short sale, take a look at what a NJ Attorney charges. It's typically around $1,000, maybe $1,500 for some. Considering the complexity of a short sale and the size of the investment, I would strongly consider using a NJ Attorney.
By the way, my South Jersey buyers, when considering the difference in price between a title company and a NJ Lawyer to handle their transaction, they opted for the NJ Lawyer.
All the best!