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April 16, 2012

Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A.
721 Route 202-206, Suite 200
P.O. Box 5933
Bridgewater, NJ 08807-5933
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Richard B. Somach to Present Program on Sheriff Sales in Pennsylvania to PBI

Allentown, PA (April 16, 2012) – Richard B. Somach, a Member of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A. (formerly Tallman Hudders & Sorrentino), will moderate a panel program, “Sheriff’s Sales in Pennsylvania,” sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI). The panel will provide an overview of the foreclosure process in Pennsylvania, including pre-sale; day of sale, post sales, and personal property sales. The program will be held on Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at the CLE Conference Center in the Wannamaker Building in Philadelphia, PA. It will be available via simulcast in several other cities on the same day, and repeated on Thursday, April 19, in Mechanicsburg and Wednesday, April 25, in Pittsburgh.

“There are a myriad of local rules and practices associated with sheriff’s sales and real estate tax sales. This presentation will explain what happens at each of these sales and how to avoid common errors if you are involved in a sale. I also look forward to answering questions and to clarifying popular misconceptions about buying properties at these sales,” 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 fields, and who have proven their abilities as teachers, public speakers, and writers. These professionals generously contribute their time and expertise.

Somach the Pennsylvania office of 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 authored “Sheriff's Sales and Real Estate Tax Sales” for A Day on Real Estate, sponsored by the PBI. Previously, he has also 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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