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Joseph Jaap

Joseph Jaap

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  • Real Estate Law, Divorce, Estate Planning...
  • Ohio
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Joe is from Cincinnati, served as an officer in the US Navy, worked as an engineer, and has been providing legal services for 27+ years to families and small business owners in the areas of real estate and construction, landlords, tenants, condominium and homeowner associations, business contracts, trademarks, and family law matters including wills and estate planning, divorce, dissolution, and custody.

Practice Areas
  • Real Estate Law
  • Divorce
  • Estate Planning
  • Probate
  • Landlord Tenant
  • Trademarks
  • Construction Law
  • Family Law
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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
J.D. / Law (1989)
Honors: Order of the Coif Academic Honor Society
Purdue University - Purdue University
M.S. / Engineering (1974)
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294 Questions Answered

Q. can the contractor put lien on your house if they were not able to finish their work they promised
A: Yes, a contractor can place a lien on your house, and they can foreclose on that lien. If you dispute their lien claim, you can send them a notice to commence suit on their lien, and if they don't, then the lien will become void. If they do commence suit, then you can provide evidence of their unfinished work. If you do nothing, the lien will expire automatically after 6 years. But if you refinance or sell the house during that 6 years, you will have to pay the lien in full to get the contractor to release it. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to consult a local real estate attorney to assist you if a lien is filed.
Q. Does landlord have to legally call a PROFESSIONAL electrician ?
A: Call the local building inspector. Consider having your own electrician come and check it out if landlord does not use a reputable electrician. Send landlord a written notice of the problem and your concerns. Then you can begin paying your rent on time each month into escrow with your local court. If landlord wants the rent, landlord will have to go to court an explain what is being done to correct the problem. The court will decide if the landlord is acting reasonably, and if not, can terminate your lease.
Q. How can a mother revoke custody to a father? What proof would they need for it to be granted?
A: Mother cannot do that if there is a custody order from a court. Only a court can make a change like that, and only after the court reviews evidence of the family situation. Mother would have to provide evidence and testimony about father to prove to the court that it is not in the best interest of the child to have contact with father. A court might or might not consider the testimony of a child to be persuasive. Every situation is different. There is no way to predict the outcome of what a court might decide. Father should use the Find a Lawyer tab to consult a local family law attorney to review all the facts and discuss options.
Q. If the county hasn't charged us correctly for our property taxes, what are we responsible to pay?
A: The county uses building permits to identify when a property is being improved and needs a tax valuation appraisal. If you didn't get that permit to build the house, then the county didn't know to appraise it and charge real estate taxes on it. So now the county will determine any back real estate taxes taxes and penalties that they think you owe, and they will send you a tax bill of that amount. If you dispute that bill, then you can file a complaint with your local board of revision seeking an adjustment if you have a valid basis. But if your property is now worth more because you built a house, then the county can charge you additional real estate tax. Check with your local county auditor for the process to file a complaint with the board of revision. Be aware that there are specific time limits to file a complaint. Consult with a local attorney about the process. Use the Find a Lawyer tab or check with your local bar association.
Q. I was wanting to know if there is anything I can do to see my Son faster than the courts are allowing?
A: Is your case still active? Did you file any kind of action that is pending in court? Check with the court to find if any hearing or other proceeding was scheduled that you missed. If you are not represented by an attorney, then use the Find a Lawyer tab to consult a local family law attorney to assist you.
Q. I'm 17 live in Ohio just found out I was pregnant can I move out of my parents house with out there concent
A: If you leave, your parents can take legal action against you and his parents, since your parents are legally responsible for you. If you did leave, who would provide your medical insurance coverage? If you leave without their consent, you could land in juvenile detention. Talk to a school counselor, family member, or other trusted adult about facing this with your own parents.
Q. Can my ex boyfriend 16 year old daughter come live with me due to drugs in home?
A: Talk to children's services to start with. If you want to try to get custody, then use the Find a Lawyer tab and consult a local family law attorney to advise you on the process.
Q. My ex and police said I can't get my things out of the house we share
A: Talk to the landlord. Did you sign the lease with the landlord as a tenant, or were you merely listed on the least as a permitted occupant? If you were only an occupant, then ex and landlord can try to exclude you, but without following the proper eviction process, they might be held liable if you sue them. If you were an actual tenant who signed the lease, then you have a legal right of entry, but you would have to go to court to get an order. You also can sue your ex for selling your property. Report that to the police as conversion or theft. But the police might not help, since you already talked to them. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to consult a local attorney who can contact landlord and ex, and advise them of adverse legal consequences if you sue them. Act quickly.
Q. I don't want to use an agent when buying a house. Does the seller's agent get the buyer's agent's % of commission then?
A: Yes. The agent has a listing contracting with the seller, in which seller agrees to pay listing agent a certain % fee. If there is another agent involved on behalf of buyer, then the two agents will share it, called a "co-op" fee. Otherwise, if the buyer does not have an agent, then the listing agent keeps the entire % paid by the seller. Since you would not pay any more if you have your own agent representing you, it is prudent to have a buyer's agent assist you and negotiate on your behalf. Your agent might even be able to help you negotiate a lower price. Or, you could tell the seller that you won't use an agent, and if the listing agent will reduce the commission % by a certain amount, you can split that savings with the seller. It also is prudent to have an attorney assist you with any major purchase, such as real estate. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to consult a local real estate attorney.
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