Matthew R. Hochstetler

 Estate Planning, Trust, & Probate Law

Matt is an attorney working from the firm’s offices in Canton and Hudson. He focuses his practice on estate planning, probate, trust administration, and business-succession planning. 

Matt guides clients in matters regarding intergenerational wealth transfer and taxation strategies to preserve their hard-earned wealth. He enjoys building relationships with his clients and takes the time to listen to their goals to create a custom estate plan for each family’s unique needs. Matt teaches clients the importance of wills, trusts, guardianships, powers of attorney, and other estate-planning tools so they understand how these documents are used to protect themselves and their families. Business clients rely on Matt’s legal knowledge to advise them in matters regarding business strategy, entity selection, taxation, estate planning, and business-succession planning.

Because Matt is also admitted to practice in Florida, he can help determine the best estate-planning strategy for those that divide their time between Ohio and Florida.  These issues range from assisting on the closing and settlement on the purchase of Florida real estate, advising as to Florida homestead laws, and guiding clients through Florida residency decisions.

Prior to joining Day Ketterer, Matt had a successful estate-planning practice at the Wooster firm of Critchfield, Critchfield & Johnston. When Matt isn’t working or at home with his wife and children, he is an active member of the Wooster community where he is the Treasurer for Citizens for Amstutz, and races bicycles as part of the Ride-On Wooster Cycling Team. Finally, Matt loves reading and learning, so you can frequently find him with a good book.


  • Principal drafter of intentionally defective (for income-tax purposes) grantor trusts that own a major Ohio car dealership
  • Drafted intentionally defective (for income-tax purposes) trust as to beneficiary that owns part of a multi-million-dollar holding company
  • Drafted trust agreement that owns $10 million of Ohio farmland
  • Drafted various other trusts, both revocable and irrevocable, that own assets valued at multiple millions of dollars
  • Formed a multi-million-dollar, faith-based public charity and drafted governing and operating documents
  • Advised on sale of multi-million-dollar defense contractor
  • Formed and drafted governing documents for interest-charge, domestic international sales companies for several Ohio companies


  • Creditors' Coup: Claims Attack and Asset Protection, Dayton Bar Association Annual Probate Law Institute, March 2018
  • Drafting Powers of Attorney under UFADAA, Probate Law Journal of Ohio, January/February 2017
  • Attorney for the Fiduciary: Ethical Considerations, Basics of Estate Administration, Ohio State Bar Association CLE Seminar, June 2016
  • Spiders from Mars: UPOAA, UFADAA & Ziggy Stardust; Co-Author; Probate Law Journal of Ohio, May/June 2016
  • Trusts 101, National Business Institute Live CLE Seminar, Akron, Ohio, December 2015
  • Estate Planning for Farmers and Ranchers, National Business Institute Live CLE Seminar, Canton, Ohio, November 2015 
  • Health Care Powers of Attorney and Living Wills Presentation, Berlin, Ohio, August 2015
  • "Digital Estate Planning", 90.3 WCPN ideastream®'s The Sound of Ideas, April 2015
  • "Show Me the Money" - Terminating Irrevocable Trusts in Ohio; Co-Author; Probate Law Journal of Ohio, November/December 2014
  • Conflicting Redundant Laws: The Probate Practitioner's Oxymoron (Reconciling Supreme Court Probate Rules and the Revised Code); Co-Author; Probate Law Journal of Ohio, May 2012
  • In Sickness and in Health... Because Ohio Makes Me: Liability for a Spouse's Medical Expenses under R.C. § 3103.03; Probate Law Journal of Ohio, November 2011
  • To Be, or Not to Be: "Contingent" Claims Under R.C. § 2117.37; Probate Law Journal of Ohio, July 2011
  • Conflicts of Interest, Ohio State Bar Association Basics of Estate Administration, June 2017 


  • Akron Children's Hospital Foundation, Hope Ambassador - Gift and Estate Planning Program
  • Hudson Community Foundation Professional Advisor Council
  • Ohio State Bar Association Digital Assets Committee, Member
  • Ohio State Bar Association Power of Attorney Committee, Member
  • Wayne County Bar Association Probate Committee, Member
  • People to People Ministries, Past Director, Past President
  • Citizens for Amstutz, Treasurer 


  • 20 Under 40 Leadership Award from yStark and the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, 2017
  • Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers Ohio Rising Stars®, 2017-2018


  • State of Ohio
  • State of Florida
  • American Bar Association
  • Florida State Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio


  • The University of Toledo College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2009
         Order of the Coif
         Executive Board, The University of Toledo Law Review
         Dean’s Merit Scholar
  • Goshen College, B.A. History, 2006
         Menno Simons Scholar

To reach Matt, please e-mail him at or call him directly at 330.458.2029