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Joseph Jaap

Joseph Jaap

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  • 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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478 Questions Answered

Q. If I back out as a buyer, after contingencies, apart from losing earnest money could the seller actually sue?
A: If you breach the contract, then yes, seller could sue you. If they sell for more than the purchase price, they might still have other damages for any delay or expenses in re-selling it. But if they sue, they would tie up the property in litigation, and would be unable to sell it until the lawsuit was resolved. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to consult a local real estate attorney.
Q. Live-in boyfriend and ex in the past has had live-in girlfriend.
A: A court would make a determination at that time based on all the facts and circumstances, to decide what is in the best interest of the children, considering the parents and their live-ins, and all relevant facts. There is no way to predict that future outcome. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to consult a family law attorney to have a more in-depth discussion, but the future cannot be predicted.
Q. If my child's father and I haven't married, can I move with her out of Ohio even if we are receiving CS money from him?
A: Based on those facts, you should be able to move. But if you do, he could immediately file for custody, and until you establish residency elsewhere, you might have to return with her to Ohio. So before doing anything, use the Find a Lawyer tab to consult a local family law attorney who can review your situation and advise you before you make a move.
Q. Unmarried mother of 2, father has them while I work, but nothing court ordered. Will that affect child support?
A: Is there a child support order currently in place? As the unmarried mother of your children, you have sole custody until you or he go to court to establish his paternity and seek child support. Until then, nothing will happen. If father is not working, but is capable of working and earning income, then the court will take that into consideration in determining what child support he must pay. Use the Find a Lawyer tab and consult a local family law attorney who can review the facts of your situation and advise you.
Q. Ex and I have shared parenting. Live-in boyfriend is a recovering alcoholic. Could ex get custody if he tries?
A: There is nothing you can do to prevent your ex from seeking a change to the parenting arrangement. He can assert that right any time he chooses. So don't give him any reason to do that. If he does go to court, a court could determine that having a live-in boyfriend, even if he is a completely great person, is not a good environment for your children, and is not a good example. The court must do what is in the best interest of the children, and if the court decides that a live-in boyfriend, who also has had past problems with alcohol, is not in their best interest, the court could change the parenting. So you have reason to be afraid that your ex could return to court. Do what you can to keep your ex happy with the current arrangement.
Q. I am in contract as buyer using a VA loan, and have done the appraisal and inspection. The seller then sent termination
A: It depends on the exact wording of the inspection contingency in your purchase contract. Typically, the seller is not required to pay for inspections or make any repairs, and it is the buyer who then has the option to terminate or proceed. So it could be a breach by seller - to go with a higher purchase offer. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to have a local attorney where the property is located review the contract and advise you.
Q. How to get off 2nd mortgage with ex.
A: The bank will not release you, and the divorce cannot require the bank to release you. Review your divorce decree and separation agreement to see if it required a sale or refinance of the house within a time limit. If it did, then you can file a motion with the court asking to have her held in contempt, with an order from the court to refinance or sell the property to pay off the loan. Contact your divorce attorney, or use the Find a Lawyer tab to consult a local divorce attorney to advise you.
Q. I'm a 16 year old teen mom and my stepfather abuses me. How can I get out of this situation? I have custody rights over
A: If there is physical abuse by your stepfather or mother, then report that immediately - today - to local child services and talk to your local school counselor or a teacher. They will help you find agencies to assist you and other help.
Q. My daughters father wants to get joint custody but he's not around and he's has very violent towards me what can I do?
A: Do you have full custody now? If you were not married to him, then you should have sole custody automatically already without doing anything. He would have to establish paternity and then file in court to try to get any kind of parenting time, and then the court will likely require him to pay child support. The court will determine if he gets any parenting time based on evidence of his behavior and testimony by you and others. If he is being abusive, call the police and file for a protection order. Use the Find a Lawyer tab and consult a local family law attorney who can review all the facts and advise you.
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