Even if you have an excellent real estate agent, you will need an attorney to protect your interests if you are buying or selling a house or other real property. The Texas Real Estate Commission that governs real estate contracts specifically prohibits real estate agents from giving legal advice, and states in the contract: “Consult an attorney before signing the contract.” Additionally, real estate agents don’t get paid unless the sale closes. Attorneys are objective and have the obligation to protect your interests every step of the way. The attorney’s job is to minimize the clients’ risks. Hiring an attorney to protect you in the earnest money contract for due diligence and represent you at closing could save you from problems and potential litigation after the closing, with its accompanying legal fees, court costs and delays.