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Daily Real Estate News  |  August 22, 2003  |   Ky.: Attorneys Not Required at Closings In a decision that industry groups are calling a victory for consumers, the Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled that attorneys don't have to attend real-estate closings, during which time payments and titles usually are transferred to buyer from seller. The state's highest court vacated a 1999 opinion by the Kentucky Bar Association designating closings handled by non-lawyers as "an unauthorized practice of law." In doing so, it upheld a previous opinion by the organization that allowed closings to be conducted by parties other than attorneys, as long as no legal advice is tendered. Celebrating the legal win were such groups as the Kentucky Association of REALTORS, the Kentucky Bankers Association, the Kentucky Land Title Association, and the Home Builders Association of Kentucky.

Source: Louisville Courier Journal (KY) (08/22/03); Berzof, Ken

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