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Richard B. Somach to Instruct Pennsylvania Bar Institute Real Estate Course

Posted on August 4th, 2010

Richard B. Somach, a Member of Tallman Hudders & Sorrentino, the Pennsylvania office of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will instruct a Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI) course entitled “Sheriff’s Sales in Pennsylvania” on Wednesday, August 11, 2010, at the PBI Professional Development Center in Pittsburgh. The class will also be held on Monday, August 16, 2010, at the PBI Conference Center in Mechanicsburg and Friday, August 20, 2010, at the CLE Conference Center in Philadelphia. The course will run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. for all three dates. For details, refer to the course calendar on

Attorneys involved with foreclosures, whether they represent sellers, buyers, banks, or lenders, must understand the myriad of local rules and practices to properly protect their clients in sheriff’s sale proceedings. Practitioners who regularly deal with cases involving sheriff’s sales will share their expertise, tips, and forms to assist anyone who must understand the sheriff’s sale process and the forms to effectively represent clients. The course will cover presale, day of sale, and post sale steps, as well as personal property sales. The course is being offered for three and a half Continuing Legal Education credits to participants, one credit may be applied towards ethics requirements.

“Continuing education is important to a practicing legal professional. I enjoy sharing my knowledge with my fellow colleagues and learning from them. PBI offers exceptional opportunities to address changes in the legal industry and update attorneys on contemporary issues,” said Somach.

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the continuing legal education arm of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, is a fully self-supporting, non-profit organization. The organization strives to provide Pennsylvania lawyers with information that is timely, practical, cost effective, and of the highest possible quality. Programs are taught, and books are written, by practicing lawyers, judges, and law professors who are widely recognized as the leading experts in their field, and who have proven their abilities as teachers, public speakers, and writers. These professionals generously contribute their time and expertise to plan and present programs and write course books.

Somach focuses his practice on real estate, commercial law, and creditors’ remedies, representing real estate development companies, shopping centers, and local banks. In the banking area, Somach assists clients with their transactional, litigation, and operational needs, and has extensive experience handling collections, foreclosures and complex commercial workouts. Somach has represented real estate owners, developers and investors in a broad range of real estate transactions, including zoning matters, residential subdivisions and shopping center development.

As a licensed title insurance agent, Somach manages ABE Settlement Services, a title insurance and settlement company to creatively serve client needs. He currently serves as legal counsel to the Lehigh Valley Association of REALTORS®.

Somach serves as Assistant Lehigh County Solicitor, advising the Sheriff’s Office, the Tax Assessment Office and the Tax Claim Bureau and frequently writes and lectures on real estate matters, sheriff’s sales and real estate tax sales. He moderated “Sheriff’s Sales in Pennsylvania” previously and authored “Sheriff’s Sales and Real Estate Tax Sales” for A Day on Real Estate, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI). Previously, he has presented lectures on mortgage foreclosures, “Issues in Commercial Mortgage Foreclosure” and “Issues in Residential Mortgage Foreclosure” for PBI and has lectured a the annual Real Estate Institute Program.

Active in many community organizations, Somach was a past president of the Salisbury Township School Board. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Lehigh County Bar Association, where he served as President in 1992.

Somach earned his J.D. in 1974 from Hofstra University and his B.A., with honors, from Lehigh University in 1971.

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