Dawnisin, you have asked a great question.
As to the Real Estate Professionals who have responded thus far, I think we can all agree that short sales are the most difficult sale to begin with, and in all fairness it may not even be the attorney's fault.
The short sale process works in stages and there are many factors involved, including how many mortgages and liens there are against the property. Short sales require the cooperation of the homeowner, single contact (Realtor, title company or Attorney), negotiator and lender.
In today's market with inventory at an all time low, it is frustrating to have patience when you see other properties moving so quickly.
Some questions a buyer should consider...Do you understand the short sale process and have the patience to wait for lender approval? Are you confident that the parties involved are equally vested and working toward getting the property sold?
If not, then short sale properties are not a purchase you should consider.