Kathleen M. Thomas
Municipal, Estates & Non-Profit Law Attorney

Kathleen M. Thomas concentrates her practice in the areas of municipal law, small business, non-profit law, and civil litigation. Kathleen is also experienced in other areas of municipal law, including Right to Know, land development, zoning, code, and enforcement.

High Swartz
Doylestown Office

Bucks County, PA

Kathleen M. Thomas concentrates her practice in the areas of municipal law, small business, non-profit law, and civil litigation. Kathleen is also experienced in other areas of municipal law, including Right to Know, land development, zoning, code enforcement and litigation.

Recognized as an expert in the areas of Pennsylvania Act 511 taxation, Kathleen serves as Special Act 511 Tax Counsel to the Townships of Lower Merion and Abington, among others. She also serves as the Act 511 Hearing Officer to multiple municipalities in Montgomery and Delaware Counties. She also serves as Special Tax Consultant for ordinance and Regulation Revision and litigation for many townships in Pennsylvania. Kathleen is a regular speaker at the meetings of the Pennsylvania Business Privilege and Mercantile Tax Collectors Association.

Ms. Thomas also practices in the area of estate planning wills and trusts, particularly in the area of will drafting, powers of attorney, advance directives and guardianships.

Kathleen’s expertise extends to issues of corporate governance and other matters related to non-profit organizations, veterans groups, churches and other religious entities, including the Philadelphia Baptist Association.


Affiliations & Honors

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Member, 1989-present
  • Montgomery Bar Association, Member, 1989-present
  • Montgomery Bar Association, Women in the Profession, Member, 2015-present
  • Bucks County Bar Association, 2018
  • Bucks County Bar Association, Women’s Law Division, 2018
  • PA Business Privilege and Mercantile Tax Collector Association, 2003-present
  • Bucks County Woman’s Advocacy Coalition, 2018
  • Founding Member Board of Directors Center for Loss and Bereavement, Skippack, PA, 2000-2018

Honors

  • Top Lawyer, 2019-present, Main Line Today

Muncipal Affiliations

  • Township of Lower Merion, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 2007 to present – Special Act 511 Tax Solicitor, Tax consultation and litigation
  • Township of Abington, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 2012 to Present – Special Act 511 Tax Solicitor, Tax consultation and litigation
  • Cheltenham Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 2016 to Present – Special Act 511 Tax Solicitor, Tax consultation and litigation
  • Upper Moreland Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 2006 to February 2013 – Special Act 511 Tax Solicitor, Tax consultation and litigation.
  • Upper Moreland Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 1991 to 2005 – assist solicitor and handle all Act 511 Tax consultation and litigation.
  • Upper Merion Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 2001 to present – Act 511 Local Tax Review Hearing Officer.
  • Radnor Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, 2000 to present – Act 511 Local Tax Review Hearing Officer.
  • Haverford Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, 2009 to present – Act 511 Local Tax Review Hearing Officer.
  • Wilson School District, Berks County, Pennsylvania, 2012 to present – Act 511 Local Tax Review Hearing Officer.
  • Bensalem Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 2017 to present – Act 511 Local Tax Review Hearing Officer.
  • Upper Dublin Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 1989-1991 – assist solicitor.
  • Lecturer – Pennsylvania Business Privilege and Mercantile License Tax Collectors Association

Non-Profit Affiliations

  • General Counsel – The Philadelphia Baptist Association – 1997 to present. Assisted General Counsel, Raymond Jenkins, Esquire 1990 to 1997.
  • General Counsel – Baptist Children’s Services 2005 to 2016. Assisted General Counsels Raymond Jenkins and Frank Jenkins 1990 to 2005.
  • General Counsel – American Baptist Foreign Mission Society – 1997 to present. Assisted General Counsel, Raymond Jenkins, Esquire 1990 to 1997.

Activities

  • Wills for Heroes, 2015-present
  • Ex-officio Baptist Children’s Services, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2005 – 2012
  • St. Joseph’s Parish, Member, 1981-present

Practice Areas

Background

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1989
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1993
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, 2017

Education

  • West Chester University, B.S. Business Administration, 1981
  • Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law, J.D. 1989

Kathleen Thomas' Legal Insights

Do I Need to Pay Philadelphia City Wage Tax During the Pandemic?

The Covid-19 Pandemic has brought many changes to our lives, requiring masks when leaving the house, frequent hand washing, and (for many people) work from home. For suburbanites who work in the City of Philadelphia, there is an unexpected twist from Governor Wolf’s stay at home order – in the form of a tax refund. […]

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Starting or Relocating a Business: Watch Out for Local Requirements!

Anyone who starts or relocates a business goes through exciting and challenging times.  It is understandable that the business owner’s primary focus  is getting established and meeting customer needs.  It stands to reason that a business plan will include big picture items such as marketing strategy and customer satisfaction, which in turn may lead to […]

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