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Joseph Jaap

Joseph Jaap

Legal services for families, businesses, and entrepreneurs.
  • 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 28+ 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. (1989) | Law
Honors: Order of the Coif Academic Honor Society
Purdue University - Purdue University
M.S. (1974) | Engineering
Professional Associations
Cincinnati Bar Association
- Current
Professional Engineer 1986-2002
State of Ohio
Senior Reactor Operator 1982-1984
US Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Surface Warfare Officer/Nuclear Power Plant Engineer
United States Navy
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2208 Questions Answered

Q. If I wake away from my mortgage, will bank go after a property my wife owns?
A: The bank would foreclose on its mortgage, and could get a judgment against you for any loss the bank suffers. It could then take collection action against you and your assets. If the bank could trace any assets that you transferred to your wife, then the bank might be able to go after those, including any property you transferred to her. Use the Find a Lawyer tab and retain a local attorney who can review all the facts and circumstances and advise you.
Q. I have a house that I sold for 8900 but the problem is the there is a judgement lien against me for a equity loan on tha
A: The property remains subject to the judgment lien until you settle with the bank, and the bank releases it. If buyer will accept, you can convey the property by Quit Claim Deed, but the property remains subject to the judgment lien, and the buyer might have to pay to release it when he wants to sell the property.
Q. I have custody of my niece in Ohio mom took her to PA. And won't return her to me
A: If there is a court custody order, then contact the police, provide a copy of the court order, and see if they will take action to get her returned to you.
Q. What can I do. I didn't want to loose family farm.
A: Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local real estate attorney to review all the facts and circumstances and advise you about what you must do. It depends on the status of the property and all the facts.
Q. In the state of Ohio, does a landlord have to file an eviction, even if there is no lease?
A: Yes, an eviction is required. A written lease is not required for a tenant. A lease can be oral. And even if the person never received permission to live in the premises, an eviction typically is required to get them out. So the landlord must give proper written notice and then follow the eviction process to evict the person from the premises.
Q. Do I have to respond to production of docs. If they weren’t filed in court?
A: If there is a pending child support/custody case, then the attorney can request documents relevant to the case, typically financial information to determine child support. You can file an objection with the court, and the court will decide if the requested documents are relevant. If so, and you do not provide them, the court can find you in contempt. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local family law attorney to represent you.
Q. Can I get custody of two kids if the parents are unfit. Even though they are not related to me at all
A: Contact local children's services and describe the problems and that you are willing to take them in.
Q. My husband and I are separated, going through a divorce. What parental rights does he have at this time?
A: You are represented by an attorney, who can answer all your questions.
Q. In Ohio if 2 parents split up that were never married and the father leaves does the mother obtain full custody
A: If unmarried, the mother has full legal custody until the father proves paternity and a court grants him parental rights. Mother can make all decisions about the child, and can deny father spending time with the child. She can file for child support, which will determine paternity.
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