In Memoriam

Jon C. Countess (1934-2014)

Jon Countess was one of the founders of CGA Law Firm and practiced law for 50 years. Immediately after graduating from Dickinson law school in 1965, 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, municipal law, 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
  • Municipal law
  • 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 served as Vice President on the Board of Governors for the Country Club of York. Jon also served as Solicitor for York County Recorder of Deeds Office for 15 years.