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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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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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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873 Questions Answered

Q. If I'm still married to my wife but we are separated can she legally go after me for child support?
A: Yes, she can file for a legal separation or a divorce, and in either case, seek child support and spousal support.
Q. My son is going threw a divorce and can't afford a lawyer. He has been giving her 300.00 a week for the kids.
A: There is no way to estimate his chances without a full review of all the facts. He really can't afford to go through the divorce without an attorney. He might be able to find an attorney to work with him. He can use the Find a Lawyer tab to call a few. Some courts have a legal clinic with volunteers to assist those without an attorney.
Q. I'm disabled and my landlord rented to tenants to problem tenants
A: Ohio Revised Code 5321-05 requires landlord to evict tenants conducing illegal drug activity: If the landlord has actual knowledge of, or has reasonable cause to believe that, the tenant, any person in the tenant's household, or any person on the premises with the consent of the tenant previously has or presently is engaged in drug activity, whether or not the tenant or other person has been charged with, has pleaded guilty to or been convicted of an act that would be a violation of drug laws, then the landlord promptly shall give the tenant notice to vacate. If the tenant fails to vacate the premises within three days after the giving of that notice, then the landlord promptly shall take action to remove the tenant. So, send landlord a notice of the problem, and if he doesn't take action to evict, deposit your rent into escrow with the court and ask the court to terminate your lease.
Q. How long does a parent have to prove they are fit to raise their child before they can gain custody of said child?
A: There is no specific time limit. Every case is different. It is up to the court to determine all the facts of the situation and decide what is in the best interest of the child for custody, and whether a parent has demonstrated enough stable behavior and ability to care for the child.
Q. In Ohio can alandlord charge security dep, and first and last months rent up front.Interest owed and when??
A: Yes, landlord can collect security deposit. Ohio Revised Code 5321.16 states: Any security deposit in excess of fifty dollars or one month's periodic rent, whichever is greater, shall bear interest on the excess at the rate of five per cent per annum if the tenant remains in possession of the premises for six months or more, and shall be computed and paid annually by the landlord to the tenant.
Q. got paper notarized for daughters father to have full custody not been to court and wont give me daughter back
A: Use the Find a Lawyer tab and consult a local family law attorney to review all the facts of the situation and advise you what action to take. What you should do, depends on all the facts.
Q. My ex wife and I have shared custody. Now she has a boyfriend. Can she and my son stay over at her boyfriend house over
A: Review the parenting agreement. It might require mediation of disputes before returning to court. If you and she cannot agree, then you can return to court and ask the court to modify the agreement. The court will determine if her actions are in the best interest of the child, or if changes are required.
Q. What can I do if an individual agreed to refund me a payment but now refuses?
A: You can sue in small claims court, but that might be more trouble than it is worth, and even if you got a judgment, it would take further action to try to collect it.
Q. moving to a diff county do I file for full custody in my new county or the county shared parenting was ruled for in
A: Check your parenting agreement regarding a change of residence. Typically the court that issued the initial order must approve any change, and the other parent has an opportunity to object. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to consult a local attorney to advise you before making the move.
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