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I absolutely do not blame you and unless there is some indication of a problem in the title documents, there is no reason to purchase an Owner's policy. In fact, I advise people not to purchase them all the time. This is something new to me as well -- attorneys in that area must be getting so desperate for fee money that they are pulling this type of game at the moment. My suggestion is to keep calling around to find an attorney who will handle the closing without forcing an owners policy that you do not need on you. However, I do not know of anything that makes this practice unethical -- because as you know yourself, an attorney has pretty much the absolute power to accept or turn down work and unless there is a discriminatory reason behind the refusal to perform the work (race, age, etc) then the client really has no recourse on this matter. My suggestion is to make a "general" complaint to the Florida bar and let them know what is happening in their state -- while it will probably not get immediate action, it may put this matter on their radar screen to take a closer look at as a practice that they might want to start prohibiting.
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