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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 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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2426 Questions Answered

Q. Im sending my daughter to live in Dayton oh with family. I’m not interested in giving them custody.
A: You must provide whatever legal documentation that the school district requires for registration. And without proper legal documentation of temporary custody, medical treatment could also be a problem for her.
Q. Is it my responsibility to make sure a tenant returns a new lease.
A: It is not a legal requirement for landlord to do that, but if landlord does not have a lease signed by tenant then landlord can say it is a month to month tenancy, which can be terminated at the end of any month by giving 30 days written notice. Written notice given now would be effective to terminate tenancy on January 31, and if tenant does not leave, then you could file an eviction. Tenant is likely to provide a copy of the lease to avoid that. But if it expires in 2 months in February, it might not be worth any of that hassle, especially over $25.
Q. I am losing my sale of home in Bedford,Ohio due to a 10 year old POS that came up prior to closing.
A: Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local real estate attorney where the property is located to work it out with the inspector and advise you.
Q. when will I receive payments?
A: It could take several weeks, especially over the holidays. Call the child support agency and ask them for an estimate. Don't count on receiving anything until possibly January. It might come sooner, but probably not.
Q. Can the property manager force you to stay to the last day of a lease?
A: If the lease says they can charge penalties, then they can. Review your lease. If they withhold money from your security deposit because you leave before the end of the month, and you dispute it, you can sue landlord in small claims court to recover the amount withheld, and the court will decide if charging you the penalty was correct, based on what the lease says. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local real estate attorney to review your lease and advise you.
Q. Once we gave notice of intent to leave, they now want to enforce a clause in the lease, can they do this?
A: There isn't much you can do to prevent landlord from towing, other than threatening to sue if they do. If they have the car towed, you will have to pay the tow company to get it back. You could then sue the landlord in small claims court for wrongful towing, and the court will decide if the landlord or you violated the lease. Try to work it out, or find another place to park a vehicle to avoid towing.
Q. There is a discrepency on our lease agreement.
A: A court might have to decide that, depending on how it interprets the somewhat ambiguous language in the lease. If you don't pay, landlord could sue you or deduct from your security deposit. Even if landlord does not sue, landlord could make an adverse entry on your credit record, lowering your credit score and making it more difficult to rent from a landlord who checks.
Q. My cousin is 14 and she wants to come live with me because her boyfriend is abusive. What would be the right steps
A: The right steps would be for her parents to take care of the situation with the boyfriend, by reporting his actions to the school or police.
Q. Can my landlord throw my washing machine away without my permission?
A: File a police report, although they are unlikely to do anything. Sue the landlord in small claims court.
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