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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 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
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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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2338 Questions Answered

Q. My husband and i have bern married 40 years and now we are divorcing he was telling me he was getting money together to
A: Use the Find a Lawyer tab and retain a local divorce attorney to represent you. The attorney can review all the facts, account statements from the IRA and 401K, and advise you how to proceed in a divorce to recover those funds.
Q. Im buying a house on a lease agreement. In the agreement it states there may be lead paint in my house
A: Here is the link to the EPA pamphlet: Sellers must give you the opportunity to inspect for lead. If lead removal is recommended, you and seller must negotiate who will pay for that.
Q. Can I sue my wife for id theft?
A: Talk to the police and file a report. The prosecutor would determine whether to bring criminal charges. If you file for divorce, the court can order her to stop using your identity and to be responsible to pay back all the debt she incurred in your name. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local divorce attorney.
Q. I am 15 and having a baby. Can I get emancipated if I have a stable home for me and my child?
A: No, Ohio does not allow emancipation in that circumstance. See this link. If there are problems at home, talk to a teacher or other trusted adult.
Q. My mother recently passed away and the deed to the house is still in her name.
A: There is no time limit. But her will should be submitted to the probate court and her estate opened. Any family member can file with the court asking the court to be appointed executor to carry out the terms of the will, even if she nominated someone else to be executor in her will. It is the probate court that makes the final determination and appoints the executor. If the person nominated in the will to be the executor is not starting the probate process promptly, then the probate court can appoint someone else if they apply to be executor. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local probate attorney to review the situation and advise you.
Q. I’m 16 and want to live with my grandma but my dad has custody. Can my mom or grandma take my dad to court?
A: Either your mother or grandmother could go to court to seek custody. Talk to them.
Q. My ex sister-in-law is trying to say I am not mentally capable to handle my financial. Responsibility's , and need some
A: Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local estate planning attorney to review all the facts of your situation and advise you about any inheritance issues.
Q. I have sole custody. Can I move to another state?
A: Yes, you could be ordered to bring the child back by an Ohio court for a custody determination if he files for parental rights. If there are no court orders regarding custody or parenting now, then at the moment you can move, and don't need permission from him or the court. But until you establish residency in the new state, Ohio can retain jurisdiction for child custody issues. So if he files in OH after you move, you might have to come back, and the court could require the child to remain in OH. The court usually won't separate a newborn from the mother, so it could be a difficult situation. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local OH family law attorney, and also an attorney in the other state, to find out what the residency requirements are for that new state to obtain jurisdiction.
Q. How can I get emancipated with enlisting and getting accepted into the military? Can I do it without parental consent?
A: Ohio does not permit emancipation except in certain circumstances, like entering the military. There is no court action you can file. See this link for more information:
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