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Joseph Jaap

Joseph Jaap

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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.

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  • 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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Q. I'm an unmarried mother. Me and the father have only ever had verbal agreements as custody. Can I not let her see him?
A: If you were not married to the father, and there is no court order granting parenting rights to the father, then you are the sole custodial parent, and you alone get to decide when or if he will see your child, and under what circumstances. You can even deny him any contact. He would then have to go to court and ask the court to grant him some parenting rights to see the child. At that hearing, you can testify about the violent situation. Be sure to file police reports and keep notes of any problems or disputes so you can testify about it in court. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to consult a local family law attorney.
Q. What must a performance look like to be considered private by US Copyright Law
A: The copyright law does not provide a specific answer, beyond the text you quoted. Prior copyright cases that have been decided, might give a court's decision on a specific set of facts in a particular case. That decision might provide some guidance in a case of similar facts, but another court might disagree, and might not be bound to follow it, unless the Supreme Court has issued an opinion. That is what legal research is - to review prior cases and find similarities or differences. Copyright owners register their music with licensing agencies, and radio stations, arenas, bars, etc. purchase licenses to play copyrighted music. Investigators for the music licensing agencies, like BMI and ASCAP, visit bars and other venues looking for instances of copyrighted music being played without a license, and if the bar or venue does not have a license, they can be sued, and can have to pay thousands of dollars. It is doubtful that an investigator would show up at your party. But if one did, and you were not able to settle, then a court would decide if your event was public enough to create a copyright infringement.
Q. My wife moved out of our marital home 2 years ago without telling anyone. She was having an affair with a married man.
A: There is no way to predict. There are a lot of different factors to consider. Use the Find a Lawyer tab and consult a local family law attorney who can review all the facts and the income history, and perhaps estimate a ball park range. But if you and she cannot agree and do a dissolution, then it will have to proceed as a divorce, and the court will decide.
Q. In Columbus Ohio can I buy a house without my husband?
A: Yes, but he will acquire a dower interest. Does he know about it? Are you using marital money, or your own money? Use the Find a Lawyer tab to consult a local attorney and explain what you are doing and what prompted your question.
Q. Can I make visits supervised
A: If you are not married to the father, then you will be the sole custodial parent of your child. The father will have no rights unless he establishes paternity and also obtains a court order for parenting rights. If he does establish paternity or go to court for parental rights, then the court is also likely to order him to pay child support until the child is 18. So unless and until he gets a court order, you can prevent him from seeing the child, and you can set whatever rules you want on when he sees the child, and who else can be there. And you can completely refuse to allow him any contact at all. Note that simply signing the birth certificate does not establish paternity, and does not give him any rights. So whether he signs it or not, doesn't affect you controlling his visits.
Q. if custody is granted in ohio, where child resided, father moves her to Va ,which state has jurisdiction to change custo
A: If you are in Ohio, then use the Find a Lawyer tab to consult a local OH lawyer to try to sort through all this and advise you before you sign anything. That attorney might advise you to also consult a VA attorney. Those attorneys can determine which state has jurisdiction.
Q. My drug addict cousin had a baby last month. Because of the drug use, the baby is with another family.
A: More facts would be needed. Is the baby with another family because child services placed the baby with them? Is she married to the father? Does he or his family have an interest in the baby? Did he establish paternity? Why is she going to court - is it a criminal matter? Does she expect to go immediately to jail or rehab? She should use the Find a Lawyer tab and consult a local family law attorney, or the person who wants to gain custody should contact an attorney.
Q. Probate closed 2009 executor in will declined. Court appointed heir executor who disappeared with all assets
A: The estate must be re-opened, and a new executor will have to be appointed to deal with the new assets. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to contact an attorney in the county in which the probate case was filed. The new executor will have to be a resident of the state.
Q. Do I have to be 18 to get custody of me 2 year old nephew
A: A minor cannot get custody. Even though an 18 year old is legally an adult, he or she might have difficulty. Who has custody of you? Perhaps they could get custody of your nephew. They should use the Find a Lawyer tab and consult a local family law attorney.
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