I've been told that in many locations in the US, you must retain an attorney to represent you in purchase of a single family residence. Or, alternately, perhaps you lose a great deal of your rights if you don't.
And presumably, this lawyer provides *materiali services or value beyond what you currently get from a Realtor, title insurer and escrow combo.
That comes as a surprise to me, having dealt in real estate in a variety of jurisdictions.
Where is this true?
(I do not count Realtors, title insurers and escrow firms as a lawyer.)
(Also, I am not asking if it's a good idea; every real estate attorney I've ever met asserts that it's a must-have, but I'm pretty sure they are speaking figuratively and just a little bit promotionally. Yes, I do use lawyers sometimes.)
(Also, I understand this is quite different than the practice in other countries.)