It is best to have one.
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I am sorry to hear about your situation.
You should contact an attorney to discuss your questions as additional information would be helpful. You do not have to hire an attorney, but if something goes wrong, which is much more likely if you represent yourself, you will be saying you should have hired one. Real estate is not that simple so hire someone to represent you now.
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You can represent yourself. The real question is should you. No. Purchasing a home is the biggest purchase/investment that you will ever make. There are lots of things that can go wrong, and they often do. I don't know what the cost of a closing attorney up in Buffalo will be but I'm sure you can find one for $1000 or less (maybe even a good one), and it will be money well spent.