Frank H. Countess

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Frank Countess is a shareholder with the CGA Law Firm. He concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate, business law, commercial transactions and estate planning and administration. Frank is the chair of CGA Law Firm’s Real Estate group, a licensed real estate broker and a licensed title insurance agent. He also serves as the Solicitor for the York County Recorder of Deeds Office.

Frank is a supporter and board member of numerous nonprofit organizations within York County. He is an advocate of economic development in downtown York and has been involved in various public and private projects aimed at revitalizing York City. In May 2017, the Mayor appointed Frank to the York City Redevelopment Authority Board. A life-long resident of York, he is both passionate about and vested in the community.

In 2002, Frank was recognized by the Central Penn Business Journal as part of the  “Forty Under 40 class,” an honor given to outstanding business leaders throughout the region who share a commitment to professional excellence and the community. He has also served as a mentor to other young professionals and participated in the judging committee for the “Forty Under 40” nominees in 2004 and 2005.

Frank is gifted in utilizing his knowledge of the law and his business expertise to assist individuals and business owners with their professional and personal matters. He helps them see any “big picture” issues that affect them and their assets including estate planning and tax matters; real estate acquisition and liquidation; succession planning; business entity formations and contractual matters. He works closely with other CGA attorneys in the litigation, employment law, bankruptcy and family law groups to meet his clients’ needs. Above all, Frank is committed to developing an intimate knowledge and understanding of his their goals, which allows him to serve as a trusted advisor regarding any legal matter they may face.

Representative clients:

  • A.A.A. Development
  • AquaPhoenix Scientific, Inc.
  • Crispus Attucks Association
  • Dermatology Associates, Inc.
  • Extreme Holdings, Inc./do it outdoors media, LLC/dio, LLC
  • First National Bank
  • The Fertility Center, LLC
  • Investment Real Estate, LLC
  • Jack Giambalvo Motor Company
  • Leader Surgical Center, Inc.
  • Royal Square Development & Construction, Inc. (RSDC)
  • Stetler Chrysler Dodge Jeep
  • Thornton Chevrolet, Inc.
  • Wagman Metal Products, Inc.
  • Square Realty, LLC
  • York Railway Co.
  • York County Recorder of Deeds Office

Frank Countess is a shareholder with the CGA Law Firm. He concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate, business law, commercial transactions and estate planning and administration. Frank is the chair of CGA Law Firm’s Real Estate group, a licensed real estate broker and a licensed title insurance agent. He also serves as the Solicitor for the York County Recorder of Deeds Office.

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Education and Honors: 
Executive Finance Program, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, 2003
International Law Program, University of Detroit, London, UK, 1992
J.D., Dickinson School of Law, 1992
B.A., Lehigh University, 1989
Graduate of Leadership York's Leadership Training Program
Central Pennsylvania Business Journal, Fourty Under 40
Bar Admissions: 
Pennsylvania
U.S. Supreme Court
Professional Affiliations: 
Pennsylvania Bar Association
York College of Pennsylvania, Board of Trustees
Redevelopment Authority of the City of York, Board of Directors
Central Market, Board of Directors
Jose Hernandez Hispanic Center of York, Board of Directors
York County Estate Planning Council
Better York, Inc., Board of Directors and Executive Committee
Crispus Attucks Association, Board of Directors and Finance Committee
York Area Housing Group, Finance and Real Estate Committees
York County Bar Association, past president of the Young Lawyers Section

Articles

  • 05.11.12

    Property Taxes Chat with Frank Countess

    Read the recap of the live chat about property taxes with CGA Law Firm's Frank Countess and York Daily Records' Sean Adkins.

  • 04.21.12

    With the continuing economic slump, real estate owners are faced with a second burden; real estate taxes.  Typically, the greatest annual expense a property owner must pay for is real estate taxes.  It is not unusual for owners of commercial and/or residential property to be startled by their tax bills.  Incorrect tax assessments of real estate are a growing problem in our region.

  • 06.20.11

    In these challenging economic times, it seems there is no shortage of bad news.  Taxes are increasing while the value of your home, at least on paper, is substantially less than what it was a few years ago.  In the midst of these challenges there may be a silver lining in that your residential, commercial, or industrial real estate may have significantly dropped in value since the last county-wide assessment was performed for York County in 2005. Accordingly, it might be worthwhile investigating whether your assessment should also be decreased.   

  • 07.18.08

    The transfer of ownership interests in a small business should take into account all of the considerations that make each business, and especially a family-owned business, unique. The vehicle for accomplishing the transfer is usually called a buy-sell agreement. Its name barely begins to describe the buy-sell agreement's various purposes. With professional advice, the agreement can be tailored to meet the objectives of each small business, whether the business is in the form of a corporation, partnership, limited liability company, or some other structure.

  • 07.18.08

    When someone buys a home, in addition to the land, bricks and wood, the buyer purchases the legal title to the property. If the title is defective, it could result in serious financial loss to the purchaser.

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