One of the benefits you get from choosing a Realtor is that a Realtor has access to contracts written by the California Association of Realtors (or CAR). CAR has its own legal staff that constant is reviewing and revising the forms to help keep lawsuits from being a normal part of a real estate transaction.
In the old days (4 years+ ago), Realtors would use forms that had to be filled out with a pen. You were doing pretty good if the one filling in the form pressed down on the pen so you could read the copies.
These days, contracts are no longer printed and sold to Realtors. Access to the contracts is done through the Internet. This enables CAR to update and add forms without worrying about printing and distribution. If the CAR legal team revises a form, a Realtor uses that form the next time they login.
If you are presented one of the old forms where they tear off your copy, raise a red flag. Ask that the most updated version of that form be used instead. On the Central Coast, we access the forms from a company called “Winforms”.