I've been reading the great resources here about closing a website purchase deal. I was hoping to understand a bit better the game plan I should have with the seller of the website I'm going to purchase -- since he is located in California and I am in New York.
Since it seems that the use of an escrow company in CA is wrought with risk, what alternative should I consider? Should I hire a local CA attorney to act as my agent? Or something else? I'd like to keep the expense low on this point, but would also like to limit my risk in completing the sale.
I will draw up the contract myself. The sale will include the domain name along with membership lists, forum content, blog content, etc.