Jon C. Countess, 1934-2014

Bio

Jon Countess was one of the founders of CGA Law Firm. Immediately after graduating from law school in 1967, he began practicing with Laucks & Monroe, which eventually became CGA Law Firm. He always knew that his primary draw to the legal profession was to meet interesting people and to help them solve their problems. Jon passed away in 2014, but during his years at CGA Law Firm, he focused on estate planning and administration, real estate law, and corporate and business law.

Jon specialized in meeting both the personal and professional needs of his clients. He often worked with small businesses and professionals to provide both business succession planning and personal estate planning or administration. He attributed his success to taking the time to get to know his clients, their families and their goals. He crafted solutions that were tailored to their circumstances. His experience included:

  • Estate and tax planning/compliance
  • Probate administration
  • Trust administration
  • Business, land and asset acquisitions and sales
  • Leases and general business contracts
  • Family transition/succession planning

Jon was a supporter and participant of numerous civic, social and business organizations throughout his life. He served on the Board of Directors for Catholic Social Services, Lutheran Social Services (now SpiriTrust Lutheran), the York Symphony Orchestra and the York County Bar Association. He was chairman of the Attorneys Section of the United Way of York and on the Board of Governors for the Country Club of York.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

  • Assisted numerous clients in the settlement of complex estate matters, resulting in substantial tax savings.
  • Prepared condominium documents for and represented various condominium projects and associations.
  • Participated in the purchase and sale of numerous businesses.
  • Provided numerous succession plans for business clients.

FORMER CLIENTS

  • York County Recorder of Deeds
  • Eastern York County Sewer Authority
  • Kling Bros. Insurance
  • Collins & Wagner Insurance
  • Associated Wholesalers
  • Aaron Enterprises
  • Heidlebaugh’s Appliance
  • Keystone Custom Homes
  • Transply, Inc.
  • White Manufacturing Jewelers

Jon Countess was one of the founders of CGA Law Firm. Immediately after graduating from law school in 1967, he began practicing with Laucks & Monroe, which eventually became CGA Law Firm. He always knew that his primary draw to the legal profession was to meet interesting people and to help them solve their problems. Jon passed away in 2014, but during his years at CGA Law Firm, he focused on estate planning and administration, real estate law, and corporate and business law.

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Education and Honors: 
J.D., Dickinson School of Law, 1964
- Board of Editors - Dickinson Law Review
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Auburn University, Tau Beta Pi, 1958
Bar Admissions: 
Pennsylvania
U.S. Supreme Court
District of Columbia
Professional Affiliations: 
Pennsylvania Bar Association, former Member of the Board of Delegates
York County Bar Association
District of Columbia Bar Association
Former Special Assistant Attorney General, Commonwealth of PA
York County Estate Planning Council
Republican Men's Club of York, former President
Lafayette Club, former President

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