Charles E. Telford, III


Buffalo — 716.218.7572
Toronto Area - 905.319.8964
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Mr. Telford practices in a broad range of domestic and international estate planning matters with an emphasis upon business succession, asset protection, and loss of citizenship in the U.S. and Ontario.

He works with clients in the U.S. and Canada with respect to U.S. corporate, gift, and income tax matters, and frequently assists Canadian lawyers, accountants and other professionals to eliminate U.S. transfer tax exposure upon the receipt of a Canadian inheritance by a U.S. resident.

Mr. Telford’s practice includes the preparation of domestic and cross border Wills, complex asset protection and dynasty trusts, together with business governance and transfer agreements


SUNY Buffalo Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1986
New York University, LL.M., Taxation, 1987
Canisius College, B.A., 1983

Admitted to Practice

  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of New York
  • U.S. Tax Court

Professional Associations

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Erie County
  • Estate Analysts of Western New York
  • Western New York Planned Giving Consortium and Financial Planning Counselors of Western New York, Inc.
  • Canadian Bar Association

Honor & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America© (2012-2020)
  • Upstate New York Super Lawyers®  (2012-2015, 2017, 2018)
  • BV Peer Review Rated for Very High to Preeminent Ethical Standards by Martindale- Hubbell
  • Business First of Buffalo/Buffalo Law Journal, Who’s Who in Law, 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • “Expanding Your Business into the United States, Cross-Border Strategies One Year in the New Administration," Haltech at Techplace, Burlington, February 28, 2018
  • “Cross Border Practice – Legal & Tax Issues," Western New York Estate Analysts, February 5, 2018

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