You should know that the most serious charges against lawyers usually involve mishandling of escrow funds. Grievance committees make lawyers' lives miserable over even very small irregularities in escrow accounts. Major mishandling of escrow funds is a pretty sure way to get disbarred. One major infraction is writing an escrow check when the funds are not good. We won't even take our bank's word for it on the phone. We wait for written verification in our on-line banking statement before we release escrow funds and we always err on the side of caution. Out of state checks can take up to ten business days to clear, or so I am told by the person in my office who handles the banking. If it takes more than two weeks to get your check, that would be an appropriate time to insist on proof that the check has been deposited and a call to somebody at the bank to explain why your funds are not available.