Frank H. Countess

Bio

Frank Countess concentrates his practice in the areas of business law, commercial transactions, real estate law and estate planning and administration. He is chair of CGA Law Firm's Real Estate Practice Group, a licensed real estate broker, and a licensed title insurance agent.

In 2002, Frank was recognized by the Central Pennsylvania Business Journal as one of the Forty Under 40, an award given to outstanding young 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 this honor in 2004 and 2005. He is a volunteer and supporter of numerous not-for-profit organizations located in York and also sits on the Board of Directors for a number of civic and charitable organizations. He is an advocate and supporter of economic development in downtown York and has been involved in various public and private projects aimed at revitalizing our city. A life-long resident of York, he is both passionate about and vested in the community.

Frank is particularly gifted in bringing his knowledge and expertise in various areas of law together to assist high net worth individuals, wage earners and business owners in handling a wide array of legal issues both in professional and personal matters. He is skilled in helping such individuals understand a "big picture" perspective on legal matters that affect them and their assets, including estate planning and tax matters, real estate acquisition and liquidation, succession planning, formation of business entities, contractual matters, etc. He works closely with CGA attorneys in other practices, such as litigation, employment law, bankruptcy and workouts and family law to meet his clients' needs. Above all, he is committed to developing an intimate knowledge and full understanding of his clients' businesses, allowing him to serve as a trusted advisor in any legal matter they may face.

Frank Countess concentrates his practice in the areas of business law, commercial transactions, real estate law and estate planning and administration. He is chair of CGA Law Firm's Real Estate Practice Group, a licensed real estate broker, and a licensed title insurance agent.

In 2002, Frank was recognized by the Central Pennsylvania Business Journal as one of the Forty Under 40, an award given to outstanding young 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 this honor in 2004 and 2005.

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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
Bar Admissions: 
Pennsylvania
U.S. Supreme Court
Professional Affiliations: 
Pennsylvania Bar Association
York County Bar Association - Young Lawyers Section; past President
York County Estate Planning Council
Leadership York Graduate
The Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center - Board of Director, Executive Committee
Better York, Inc. - Board of Director, Executive Committee
Crispus Attucks Association - Board of Director, Executive Committee
Jose Hernandez Hispanic Center of York - Board of Director

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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