Frankly, if an attorney is involved in a real estate transaction, it is due to one or more of these scenarios:
1. By custom and locale, as an additional party to the transaction;
2. When there is no escrow agent or title insurance (abstract / deed opinion states).
3. When there is a FSBO transaction, and either buyer or seller does not understand the charges and/or limitations of services which an attorney is typically capable, trained, and willing to provide.
Most attorneys do fill-in-the-blank form work, market awareness (because they don't have that information), counseling, marketing, or lower cost problem solving (because they lack that experience and skill set).
4. When one of the parties or their agents have goofed or they want to renegotiate / void a deal, or problems which are beyond the skill set, experience, or licensure of a Realtor to handle.
I can made this slightly bold statement because I am also an attorney as well as a real estate broker.
Smarter Choice Real Estate