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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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2593 Questions Answered

Q. If only two heirs exist, and there is a owned home, do both heirs have the right to live in the house before probate?
A: If the estate has not been filed with the probate court, then that is what has to happen now, so an executor or administrator can be appointed by the court to resolve these issues, including ownership of the house if the deed did not have a survivorship provision or transfer on death designation or affidavit. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local probate attorney to review the situation and advise you.
Q. Can I be sued for back rent?
A: He can sue you for non-payment of rent. He can sue for whatever amounts of rent you didn't pay him, up to 6 years back on an oral account, 8 years on a written account. He could offer his written records and testimony on what amount of rent is unpaid.
Q. My son is 17 and was just pulled over for doing 90 in a 55. What can I expect. He will be getting a court date. First.
A: License suspension and a fine, with the judge likely to be angered by him endangering others and acting totally irresponsibly. Parents also might get a lecture from the judge.
Q. What litigation will I face with slumlord?
A: If you think you have any claims against landlord, use the Find a Lawyer tab and retain a local attorney to review the issues and advise you. Or you can sue in small claims court up to a max of $6000.
Q. I live in my boyfriend's house with my 2 daughters, 16 &28. He said we cannot have any visitors ever. Can he do that?
A: It sounds like a difficult time. He is the owner. You and daughters are tenants. If you are moving out, it would seem best not to aggravate the situation further by having visitors come over. He could file an eviction action against all of you. An eviction is permanent court record and can make it difficult for your daughters to rent from a landlord who checks the records.
Q. is my domain name. can i use this domain name for amazon affiliate marketing?
A: Disney is likely to sue you for trademark infringement, which could allow them to collect damages and their attorney fees from you. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to talk to a local trademark attorney before using that domain name.
Q. our GC lied about being licensed,
A: Yes, you can sue him. Use the Find a Lawyer tab and retain a local attorney to review the facts and discuss your options. The attorney can advise if it would be cost-effective to sue him. But even if you sue, and win, he might not have any money to be able to repay you.
Q. In marketing, can we mention that our products were previously sold under a trademarked brand name?
A: Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local intellectual property attorney to review all the facts of the situation and advise you if the large company might take any action against you if you do that.
Q. Is the term "Food Revolution" trademarked?
A: A trademark can be registered with the US Patent and Trademark Office, with any of the states, or with foreign countries. You can easily check the databases of any of those to find out if it has been registered. But there is no requirement to register a trademark. Many famous trademarks have not been registered. And even if a trademark is not registered, it still has legal protection under federal and state law, and an infringer can be held liable. So finding out that a trademark has been registered, is no guarantee that it can be used. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local attorney who handles trademarks who can review your intended use, search the appropriate data bases, review search results, and advise you.
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Cincinnati, OH 45209
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