Benjamin S. Cranston

Senior Associate Buffalo, Chautauqua

Benjamin concentrates his practice in the areas of estate and trust planning, including assisting clients with issues related to estate and gift taxation, elder law and Medicaid, as well as trust and estate administration.

His experience includes preparation of customized estate plan documents for clients and representation of fiduciaries and beneficiaries in estate and trust administration matters.


Areas of Practice


Honors & Awards

  • Named Upstate New York Super Lawyers® Rising Star, 2022-2023
  • Named to Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America®

Education & Admissions

  • Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, Order of the Coif, 2017
  • Johns Hopkins University, B.A., 2014
Admitted to Practice
  • New York
  • Certificate for Estate Planning Curricular Program, Syracuse University College of Law

Speaking Engagements

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  • Presenter, “Using Disclaimers,” NYSBA’s Trusts and Estates Law Section 2023 Fall Meeting, September 2023

Activities & Professional Associations

Present Activities

  • Center for Elder Law & Justice, Director, 2024
  • The Solar-Powered Buffalo Heritage Carousel, Board of Directors

Past Activities

  • Leadership Buffalo, Class of 2023
  • Syracuse Law Review, Editor-in-Chief, Volume 67
  • Pro Bono Advisory Board, Class of 2017, Co-Chair

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
    • Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section
    • Section of Taxation
    • Young Lawyers Division
  • New York State Bar Association
    • Elder Law & Special Needs Section
    • Trust & Estates Law Section
  • Western New York Planned Giving Consortium

Articles & Publications


  • Co-Author, “Use of Revocable Trusts in Estate Plans,” Rochester Business Journal, May 2024
  • Co-Author, “Not-So-Irrevocable Trusts: Utilizing Decanting to Amend an Irrevocable Trust,” Buffalo Business First, December 2023
  • Co-Author, “Medicaid Planning to Preserve the Primary Residence,” Buffalo Business First, December 2022
  • Co-Author, “Beneficiary Designations in Estate Plans: An Important (Often Overlooked) Step,” Rochester Business Journal, March 2022