Ohio Estate Planning & Elder Law Attorney

Leave a Legacy, Not a Predicament

Joseph L. Motta Co., LPA is devoted to protecting families like yours from life’s most challenging situations. Our goal is to provide you with the peace of mind that comes from knowing that you have planned your affairs so as to avoid the financial disruptions that often accompany death or incapacity. Each client receives our personal attention because we want you to feel comfortable discussing issues that can be emotionally difficult to address. We are committed to putting our knowledge and expertise to work in order to provide you with the best advice on how to protect the ones you love.  We help you to leave a legacy, not a predicament.

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Estate Planning, Wills & Trusts

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Long Term Care & Medicaid Planning

Cleveland Probate Attorney

Probate & Estate Administration

Veteran Benefits Planning

Veteran's Aid & Attendance Benefits

To learn more about our primary practice areas, click on the different tabs below or call 440-930-2826 to reach the office of Joseph L. Motta in Avon Lake. We can make an appointment for a free consultation over the phone, at your location or at our office on Walker Road in Avon Lake. Fill out the request a consultation form if you aren't able to call or would simply prefer email communication.


social security benefit planningEstate planning involves much more than just deciding who will receive your assets at your death. Proper estate planning involves the design and implementation of a strategy to protect your family in the event of incapacity or disability as well as death.

- Planning for Incapacity
- Planning for Death
- Providing for Minor Children

Estate Planning Page

Power of Attorney Document

One of the greatest concerns of seniors and their families is the cost of long term care, especially the cost of nursing home care. How will you pay for long term care? Are there any insurance policies or government programs in place that will cover the cost of long term care? What happens between needing regular care but not being ready for a nursing home or assisted living facility?

The best time to plan for long term care, including the costs and providers of a range of services necessary to meet your personal needs - including basic tasks of everyday life, is before you need it. (Read our Long Term Care Guide) Make important decisions for yourself and family while you are still able.

- Long Term Care
- Costs of Long Term Care
- Medicaid
- Medicare

Long Term Care & Medicaid Planning

Probate is the legal process by which assets titled in a decedent’s name are transferred to his or her heirs or beneficiaries. The entire process is supervised by the probate court of the county in which the decedent resided.

If the decedent had no Will or estate planning documents, the probate court will supervise the distribution of the decedent’s property to the persons designated to receive them by Ohio law.

 - The admission of the Will to probate
- The notification of all heirs
- The inventory and valuation of the decedent’s assets
- The presentation and payment of claims against the estate

Probate Estate Administration Page

Veteran Benefits Planning

Veterans 65 and older or their surviving spouses may qualify for an Aid and Attendance Pension that can help pay long term care expenses.

A qualifying married veteran may receive up to $2,169 per month.

This monthly benefit can provide significant assistance to veterans who are in need of long term care.

Joseph L. Motta earned his B.A. from Ohio Northern University and his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Motta served as a law clerk to Judge Thomas D. Lambros of the United States District Court for the Northern Ohio District of Ohio. Mr. Motta has practiced in the areas of business and real estate law in addition to estate planning and elder law.

Mr. Motta is a lifelong resident of the Cleveland area and currently resides in Avon Lake.

Professional Affiliations

  • Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law section of the Ohio State Bar Association
  •  Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Law section of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Estate Planning Council of Cleveland
  • National Association of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Elder Counsel

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Wesleyan Village Classic Car Show 5/17/23 in Elyria

Stop By Our Table from 4PM-6PM Come meet Joseph L. Motta Thursday, May 17th, 2023, at the Wesleyan Village Classic Car Show from 4:00pm-6:00pm. Free admission - food trucks, games...

Wesleyan Village Classic Car Show 5/17/23 in Elyria

Estate Planning Guides for 2023 Released

New Estate Planning Guides Available for 2023 At Joseph L. Motta Co., LPA, we are devoted to protecting families from life's most challenging situations. Each year we update these special...

Estate Planning Guides for 2023 Released

Estate Planning Seminars with Joseph L. Motta

At Joseph L. Motta Co., LPA, we genuinely care about educating our population about the detriments of probate, costs of long-term care and how to qualify for Medicaid before having...

Estate Planning Seminars with Joseph L. Motta

Nov. 3rd: Lorain County Business Expo 3:30-6:30PM

8th Annual Lorain County Chamber of Commerce Business Expo Come meet Joseph L. Motta on Thursday, November 3rd, 2022, at the Lorain County Chamber of Commerce Business Expo from 3:30pm-6:30pm....

Nov. 3rd: Lorain County Business Expo 3:30-6:30PM