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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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1904 Questions Answered

Q. If my sons 14 and 12 does not want to spend 6 weeks with dad due to they are scared of his wife due to abuse what to do?
A: Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local family law attorney to review all the facts with you and represent you in seeking a modification of the parenting agreement and summer visitation.
Q. Is it really necessary to be six months of immediate resident before filling a divorce case.?
A: Yes, in a divorce, the person filing must have been a resident of OH for the past 6 months, and a resident for 3 months in the county in which the divorce is filed. But a dissolution or legal separation could be filed. Or you could file for divorce in India. A divorce granted in India would be effective in OH, although it would not be effective for ordering spousal support or division of property in Ohio.
Q. My mother lives in Ohio. Her sister who resided in Allegheny County passed away. When she passed she had no will and
A: No, her estate is responsible for any debts. A creditor can file a claim against her estate within 6 months after her date of death. The mortgage against the house would remain, and the lender could file a foreclosure, and have the house sold. If it wasn't enough to pay the lender, the lender could only collect from her estate. If any money were left over, it would go to her estate. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to consult a local attorney.
Q. My in laws in Ohio are moving to Maine. Their house is woth only 20,000.00, a neighbor will buy it on site, what to do?
A: They should retain a local real estate attorney to assist them with the sale, draft or review a purchase contract, and be sure that the closing is properly handled so they get their money. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local real estate attorney.
Q. I’m 15 and ran away from home because of my abusive and irrational mom. She said she’s taking me to court. What for?
A: If you ran away, she could go to juvenile court to have you determined to be an unruly child. Talk to your father or other family members, school counselor, or children's services.
Q. My brother has the deed to my parents home in his name. Is my parents will on how to split the home with kids even valid
A: If your parents already deeded the home to your brother, and that deed is valid, then he already owns it, and it is no longer under the will of either parent. But if your parents were not of sound mind when they signed the deed, or when they signed their wills, or if the brother exerted undue influence or coerced them into signing the deed or their wills, then that deed or the wills could be invalid. Talk to your father and ask him for copies of the documents. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to consult a local estate planning attorney to review all the facts and circumstances to advise you.
Q. Can my ex be taken to court for not helping with insurance premiums for the kids?
A: It depends on what your parenting agreement says and all the current financial circumstances. There are many factors to consider. If financial circumstances have changes, the court could adjust the amount of support. Contact the attorney who handled your divorce, or use the Find a Lawyer tab to consult a local family law attorney.
Q. The lease effective on May 26 2018, I never move in yet, can I sue landlord to get money back from a small claim court ?
A: If you and landlord both signed the lease, then it would be a valid contract. Even if you don't move in, you would have the legal obligation to pay rent, unless there is an early termination provision. If not, then you would not be entitled to any return of money from landlord, unless landlord breached the lease and refused to allow you to move in. You could sue in small claims court if you have some legal basis for termination. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to consult a local attorney who can review the lease and all the facts, and advise you if you have a valid claims.
Q. Hi, is a joint lease valid if only one individual has signed and the second individual has not signed yet ?
A: An attorney would have to review the full lease. If the landlord has not signed, then it would not yet be valid. You can try discussing changes with landlord to revise the lease or re-negotiate it. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to consult a local real estate attorney.
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