Richard B. Somach, a Member of the law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present “What You Need to Know Before You Buy at the Sheriff’s Sales, Tax Sales, and Tax Foreclosure Sales,” and Jacqueline K. Holmes, an Associate of the firm, will present “What You Need to Know If You Buy at a Sheriff’s Sale, Tax Sale, and Tax Foreclosure” for Slatehouse Property Management of the Lehigh Valley on Tuesday, April 9, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at Allentown Brew Works.
Somach will discuss the ins and outs of buying real estate at sheriff’s sales, tax sales, and tax foreclosure sales. Holmes will discuss post-sale ejectment actions and quiet title actions for buyers who purchase real estate at such sales.
Somach focuses his practice on real estate, commercial law, and creditors’ remedies, representing real estate development companies, shopping centers, and local banks. He 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. A licensed title insurance agent, Somach is president of the title insurance and settlement company ABE Settlement Services. He is legal counsel to the Greater Lehigh Valley REALTORS®, and also serves as Assistant Lehigh County Solicitor, advising the Sheriff’s Office, the Tax Assessment Office, and the Tax Claim Bureau. He frequently writes and lectures on real estate matters, sheriff’s sales, and real estate tax sales. He received his B.A., with honors, in 1971 from Lehigh University and his J.D. in 1974 from Hofstra University Law School.
Holmes concentrates her practice on complex litigation and general civil litigation matters. In her commercial litigation practice, she handles contract and business disputes involving breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, debt collection, and other business-related disputes. Holmes has experience in real estate related-litigation, including residential and commercial landlord/tenant matters; disputes arising from the sale of residential property, including “failure to disclose” cases; mortgage foreclosure actions; actions to quiet title; ejectment actions; tax assessment appeals; and other property disputes. Holmes also represents plaintiffs and defendants in personal injury matters. In her broad litigation practice, she handles cases in Pennsylvania local, state, and federal courts.