You indicate that you have not seen these people sign. The attorney apologizes but states that the people have already gone home and that the signatures must be witnessed. To avoid a confrontation, you witness the documents. Was this the proper thing to do?
It is unethical for an aorneyey or legal assistant to give false witness or commit perjury on behalf of a client. Few aorneyeys or legal assistants intentionally lie or misrepresent the facts involving a real estate transaction. These same honest attorneys and legal assistants, however, may routinely witness or notarize the unseen signature of parties to various legal documents.