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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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2110 Questions Answered

Q. I have a land contracted house that my mom purchased 8 yrs ago. If we sell will she have to pay capital gains tax?
A: Whether there is a capital gain, and whether she pays tax on it, depends on all the facts and her financial circumstances. She should consult a tax professional who can review the facts and advise her.
Q. My daughter is 17. Her mother & I were never married. Can she choose which parent she wants to live with?
A: Parenting and custody orders of the court are to be followed, and if they aren't, then the mother could take action in court, including trying to have you held in contempt. The court would hold a hearing, and take your daughter's preference into consideration in determining if a change to parenting and custody are in her best interest.
Q. Cancel accepted home purchase offer
A: If your contract has an inspection contingency, then if the house is not satisfactory, follow the steps in the contract to terminate it by giving seller proper written notice. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local OH attorney where the house is to review the contract and assist you with the purchase process.
Q. A girl has a daughter in foster care and now she is pregnant by my son. She is not on drugs. Can the new baby be taken?
A: If CPS is involved, and has taken the other child, then CPS must have good reason. So if they said that they also will take the new baby, then it likely is true.
Q. I am Laiston Jerels. Is there a way to renew this Trademark?
A: If the application has been abandoned, then you will have to file a new application with the USPTO to start the process over again.
Q. Can I renew trademark 87016911
A: If the application has been deemed abandoned, then you will have to file a new application with the USPTO to start the process over again.
Q. can the owner of a property who granted an easement to another for a private driveway use the driveway (more information
A: It depends on the wording of the easement that was signed by grantor and recorded in the county records. But typically, the easement is non-exclusive, and the grantor can continue to use the easement area along with the grantee. So if grantee installs a driveway in the easement area, grantor can use it, unless the easement says otherwise. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local real estate attorney to review the easement and advise you.
Q. After the home inspection I don't want the house.
A: Verbal notice or email might not be sufficient. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local real estate attorney to review all the facts to determine if you gave an effective notice of termination, exactly as specified in the contract. The attorney can then communicate with seller.
Q. Can I legally be on my own at age 17?
A: No, you are a minor and your parents or guardian are responsible for you. Typically, Ohio does not emancipate. Here is a link to more information:
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