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Justin Jay Watling

Trusts Attorney at N. Royalton, OH

4.8   8 reviews
  • Licensed for 43 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1980
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Justin

Learn Justin’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Trusts
    Preparation of living trust-based estate plans. I also assist surviving or successor trustees with the subsequent administration of the Trust upon death or incapacity of the Grantor/client.

    30 years

  2. Estate planning
    Gift planning, wealth building and tax minimization strategies. Preparation of living trust-based estate plans. I also assist surviving or successor trustees with the subsequent administration of the Trust upon death or incapacity of the Grantor/client.

    30 years

  3. Probate
    Assisting those unforatnate enough to have to travel the maze of a time-consuming, expensive, and public probate estate administration.

    43 years

  4. Wills and living wills
    When a Trust is not warranted and other probate avaoidance tools are being used, a Will is a likely component of the overall estate plan.

    43 years

In practice continuously since 1980, I have provided quality estate planning advice and assistance attuned to my clients' priorities and goals in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. Practice includes the creation and implementation of living trust-based estate plans; trust and probate estate administration services.


I serve clients throughout Northeast Ohio, including the counties of Cuyahoga, Erie, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Ottawa, Portage & Summit.  In fact, in special cases I have been known to make house calls in the Greater Cleveland area.


Justin Jay Watling
5171 Wallings Road, #130
N. Royalton, OH, 44133-3198
Justin Jay Watling
815 Superior Aveue
Suite 1915
Cleveland, OH, 44114
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Posted by Mary | May 17, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Able, thoughtful and caring, I was so grateful to Justin for the estate planning services he rendered. He was patient, explaining every paperwork and estate law quirk. He was mindful of the needs and concerns of my husband and family. The documentation was prepared in a timely and complete manner. Justin was entirely professional.
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Posted by Wendy | January 23, 2013
Thorough and
An Ohio relative of mine passed on and some questions came up about the estate. Because I live outside Ohio, I needed to find somebody with working knowledge of the state laws regarding wills and probate. I sat down at my computer to search for a lawyer and eventually stumbled across Avvo. I entered my criteria (large metropolitan area, at least two decades experience, etc.) and Avvo offered up a handful of names, including Justin Watling's. The list was arranged alphabetically. The first person I called didn't call me back (and still hasn't called me back). The second person was Mr. Watling. He couldn't have been nicer or more helpful. He listened to my concerns and asked questions. At his request, I sent him my documentation and he spent some time examining it before advising me. He spotted a flaw in one document and spoke to me at length about how to deal with it. His advise was reasonable and concise. I recommend him very highly.
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Posted by Victor | July 23, 2010
Very pleased with Justin Watling
Justin Watling did considerable work for our family about ten years ago. He was very professional, and went above and beyond in his service to his task, and our entire family was pleased with his performance
Posted by John | May 24, 2010
Highly Recommend Justin Watling
I would highly recommend Justin to anyone who is doing estate planning. We were extremely pleased with the professional and thorough services that Justin provided. We had started our estate planning with another firm, and were not very happy with the process. A friend who had a similar experience recommended us to Justin, and every aspect of the process went well. We have also introduced Justin to other friends and they have had positive results.
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Posted by Joe | May 22, 2010
Watling representing Joe Fumic
Justin Watling acted as my lawyer when I had problems with a negligent contractor. He was efficient, very professional, and always kept me informed during my case. I highly recommend him and will be using him again very shortly.
Posted by Kathryn | March 10, 2010
Helpful & Thorough
Over the holidays, my family needed to set up a power of attorney quickly while everyone was in town. We contacted Justin Watling because of the work he does pro bono for the Westlake Senior Center. In spite of a hectic holiday schedule and bad weather, Justin went out of his way to help us, even paying two "house calls" to mom's assisted living complex. While preparing the power of attorney papers, he also reviewed mom's trust documents, prepared 10 years ago by another attorney. He offered great advice and updated the documents for us at NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE. Our family was very satisfied with the work Justin did and we highly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | March 4, 2010
Demon Review
Mr.Watling was above all else very professional and his presentation and working knowledge were presented in a very understandable and compassionate way. I would without hesitation recommend his services in Living Trust,estate planning or probate legal issues.
Posted by anonymous | February 28, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Average Lawyer
Had the right impulse to offer guidance going the right direction, but was never really interested or listening.
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Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 7.7 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Justin J Watling Company
  • 2004 - Present
  • Associate
  • Dennis C Jackson Co
  • 1994 - 2004
  • Partner
  • Motta, McCormack Wolgamuth & Watling
  • 1987 - 1994
  • Associate
  • Chattman Garfield Friedlander & Paul
  • 1980 - 1987
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  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1980
  • Ohio State University
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1976


  • Ohio State Bar Association, Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Section
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present

Speaking Engagements

  • Estate Planning for the Sandwich Generation
  • Estate Planning
  • 2010
  • Emerald Village, North Olmsted, Ohio
  • Important Lifetime Estate Planning Documents
  • 2010
  • Ford Retirees Spouse Group
  • Living Trusts
  • N/A
  • AARP - Strongsville Chapter
  • Estate Planning Q&A
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (2)
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Probate Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have become acquainted with Attorney Watling through his many well thought-out responses about some very difficult questions. He is thoughtful, intelligent, and really seems to care about the quality of the information and advice he gives. I recommend him!"
Unknown Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Trusts Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Watling is an outstanding attorney with an exceptional reputation. He is a strong and zealous advocate for his clients and a credit to the legal profession. I highly recommend his legal services."
Probate Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Because Attorney Watling and I practice in the same areas of law, I have had the opportunity to review many of his hundreds of answers. I have found his advice to not only reflect a keen knowledge of applicable law, but also to focus on the best practical outcome for the client's legal issues. For these reasons, I heartily endorse Attorney Watling. He is a great resource for the Ohio Avvo community and the estate planning and probate bar. James Frederick"
Trusts Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Watling exemplifies the very best attributes of an active attorney and a level of professionalism we should all aspire to. Honesty, dedication and a love of the law which means. giving back to others who lack our understanding of the law. The thousands years of combined legal experience of professionals activity participating in forum represent some of the very best of our profession, which is after all, at its base is desire to those in need. This Attorney’s experience allows to obtain excellent results for his clients. Most importantly, this Attorney is willing to help complete strangers (as is the case in this forum) with legal problem for which we may have some helpful information and thereby demystify the legal process as much as possible. I would recommend this Attorney without any hesitation for all practice areas listed."
Estate planning Attorney | Sep 07
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Justin and I worked together for a number of years in an Estate Planning firm. I have never met any other attorney with more knowledge in a particular field than Justin. He is absolutely the man to go to for Estate Planning in North Easter / Northern Ohio"
Trusts Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have know Justin for ten years, and have had many opportunities to work with him in the past. Justin has an advanced level of knowledge in his practice areas, and his rapport with clients is excellent. I have referred some of my own family to Justin, and would do so again without hesitation if the need arose -- Anthony M. Rifici, Esq."
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