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Real Estate Lawyers Target Closing Vendors

'Witness-only' closings break unauthorized practice rules, suits claim; defenders say their clients comply with the law

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Real estate closing attorneys around the state are battling companies that hire Georgia lawyers to preside over closings just long enough to see that the documents are signed and witnessed. Meredith Ragains, left, Simon Bloom and Stephanie Everett have filed proposed class actions against closing vendors and their lawyers on behalf of more than 3,000 property buyers.

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