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In contract law, escrow is a legal arrangement whereby an asset is held by a third party, called the escrow agent, for delivery from one party to another once certain conditions are met. Escrow is commonly used in high value transactions. Documents, title to real estate, software code, and of course, cash, can all be held in escrow. In real estate, the buyer's deposit is typically held in escrow until the closing, when title is transferred. The fiduciary duty of the escrow agent is generally to the seller. The importance of picking a trustworthy escrow agent cannot be understated. There have been several cases of attorneys who, while acting as escrow agent for their client, took funds held in escrow.

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