I am not sure I understand 100 % your question. It is not necessary for the Seller to be at the closing, if all paperwork the Seller needs to prepare and sign are done ahead of time by his/her attorney.
If the seller is not at the closing, should his or her attorney be at the closing, my recommendation is
YES, if all goes smoothly and there are not changes to be made and the money due the Seller is all
coming in as need be, fine, but what if there are discrepancies, or other decisions to have to be made by either side or both of the attorneys on behalf of their clients....
I am not practicing in New Jersey and therefore I am not sure what the law or the rules in New Jersey indicate. But if I were the Seller and I pay the attorney, I would want my attorney to be at the closing table with all docs to make sure all is proper.
I have done many closings with the sellers not being at the table, but their Attorney would always be
there and usually also their Realtor if their property was listed with a Realtor.
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