Course Description

This course provides a discussion of various current issues in the practice of real estate law related to COVID-19.  Topics include:

  • Status of stays on residential evictions (including CARES Act, CDC ban, and local actions)
  • Implications on commercial evictions
  • Workout options with tenants
  • Force Majeure clauses in commercial leases
  • Eminent domain taking theory
  • COVID-19's impact on the real estate market and industry
  • Business interruption insurance coverage


This course includes video recorded from a Zoom presentation for the Butler County Bar Association's 2020 Bench Bar.

Your purchase includes access to the course and course materials for 90 days.


CLE Credit:

1.0 PA Substantive CLE

This course contains approximately 60 minutes of content, all of which is required for course completion.  

Your certificate of completion will be issued automatically after all elements of the course have been viewed/completed.  Credits will be reported to the CLE Board within 30 days of your completion of the course and your completion date will be reported as the day on which you actually finished the course.


Minimum System Requirements:

This course includes downloads of PDF documents (Portable Document Format) and streaming video. Viewing the documents will require Adobe Acrobat Reader or other PDF viewing software.  Adobe Acrobat Reader is available for free from the Adobe website.

The video player will run on Mac OS, Windows and Linux as well as most mobile devices and tablets on any browser that supports Adobe Flash and/or HTML5.  Supported browsers include Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer 9,10,11, and Microsoft Edge.  Internet Explorer 8 is not supported on Windows XP for security reasons, but is supported on Windows 7 or higher operating systems.

An internet connection with a minimum speed of 768 kilobits per second is required.  At least 5MB/sec is recommended to stream video in full HD quality.  Please note that the video player may downgrade the quality of the video to accommodate lower connection speeds.

Course Presenter

  • Krista Kochosky, Esq. and John Bench, Esq.,

    Krista Kochosky, Esq. and John Bench, Esq.,

    Krista Kochosky., Esquire
    The Lynch Law Group

    Krista Kochosky is the head of the Real Estate Department at The Lynch Law Group. She devotes most of her practice to that area of the law. She has litigated real estate matters for over twenty years, representing individual and businesses in breach of contract actions, statutory disclosure cases and boundary disputes, as well as real estate professionals, including real estate agents, brokers, and appraisers in civil actions for fraud and unfair trade practices and commission disputes.

    She also has significant real estate transactional experience, and in this regard, she has represented clients in the acquisition and sale of commercial and residential properties and in the leasing of retail, industrial and residential properties. Her experience also includes the development of commercial properties, encompassing zoning and land use issues, and equity and debt financing.

    She is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and West Virginia as well as before the U.S. District Courts for the Western, Middle, and Eastern Districts of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit.

    John Bench, Esquire
    Dillon McCandless King Coulter & Graham LLP

    John J. Bench is an associate in the Cranberry office of Butler-based Dillon, McCandless, King, Coulter & Graham, L.L.P. His practice primarily involves real-estate acquisition, title, development, and use. This includes representing both real-estate developers and individuals in property acquisitions, governmental approvals, financing, and the sale and leasing of residential and commercial properties. John is also a Member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Shale Energy Law Committee.

    Prior to joining the firm, John spent three years as an associate at a small general practice in the North Hills. He then spent five years in-house, supporting asset-management and compliance departments for FDIC and OneWest Bank, where he worked with Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin.

    John earned a B.S.B.A in Finance with a minor in History from the University of Pittsburgh, and his J.D. from the University of Akron, which he attended on a Board of Trustees full-tuition scholarship.

Course curriculum

  • 1
    COVID-19 and Real Estate
    • How to Navigate This Course
    • COVID-19 and Real Estate
    • COVID-19 and Real Estate Part One
    • COVID-19 and Real Estate Part Two
    • Course Evaluation (Required)