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Cora A. Alsante

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Cora A. Alsante is the Leader of the Elder Law & Special Needs Practice and a partner in the Tax and Trusts & Estates Practices. She is also a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. Ms. Alsante focuses her practice on estate planning, trusts, planning for the elderly and disabled, and estate and trust administration. She represents individuals and numerous assisted living and skilled nursing facilities.

Ms. Alsante frequently lectures for organizations such as the New York State Bar Association, Onondaga County Bar Association, Special Needs Alliance and Alzheimer’s Association on topics including guardianships, supplemental needs trusts, estate planning, planning for the elderly and disabled, and estate and trust administration.

Ms. Alsante was instrumental in creating and establishing the Loretto Foundation Community Trust, a pooled supplemental needs trust, which benefits many seniors and disabled individuals in the community.

Ms. Alsante was named one of the “Top 25 Female Upstate New York Super Lawyers” for 2011, 2013 and 2020 and was selected as a Best Lawyers in America “Lawyer of the Year” in the area of “Litigation – Trusts and Estates”, in Syracuse, NY, for 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2021.

  • University at Buffalo Law School, J.D., 1988
  • Hamilton College, B.S., academic honors, 1985



  • Member, Grievance Committee of the Fifth Judicial District
  • Fellow, American College of Trusts & Estates
  • Surrogate’s Court Committee Co-Chair, New York State Bar Association, Trusts & Estates Section
  • Executive Committee Member, New York State Bar Association, Trusts and Estates Section
  • Member, The Upstate Foundation, Inc., Professional Advisory Council for Legacy Giving
  • Member, Special Needs Alliance
  • Member, Onondaga County Bar Association
  • Member, PACE CNY, Board of Trustees
  • Member, Loretto Foundation, Board of Trustees
  • Past President, New York Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
  • Past Member, CNY Women’s Bar Association, Judicial Screening Committee
  • Past Chair, New York State Bar Association, Elder Law Section
  • Past Member, New York State Bar Association, CLE Committee

Honors & Recognitions:

  • Rated, AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected, The Best Lawyers in America (2009-2021)
  • Selected, Litigation – Trusts and Estates, “Lawyer of the Year” in Syracuse, The Best Lawyers in America (2015, 2017, 2019, 2021)
  • Selected, New York – Upstate, Super Lawyers (2008-2020)
  • Selected, Top 25 Female Upstate New York Super Lawyers (2011, 2013, 2020)