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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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1693 Questions Answered

Q. Must I sue my boyfriend for child support to divorce my husband? What if my husband doesn't show up for court?
A: If your husband won't cooperate, you can file for a divorce. He doesn't have to sign any divorce documents, but if he will sign for receipt of certified mail, then the divorce can proceed, or else you can publish it in the newspaper. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to speak with some other local divorce attorneys and find one who you can work with.
Q. My wife left my house 30 days ago her name is not on the deed can i change the locks
A: If you do, she can change them back and gain entry. It is still the marital home, and unless a court issues an order granting you exclusive occupancy as part of a divorce proceeding, she has the right to be there. It does not matter that her name is not on the deed. Until a court orders otherwise, it is still considered marital property. Use the Find a Lawyer tab and retain a local divorce attorney to review and advise you.
Q. I received a death threat from the man living below me. We are coworkers and there were witnesses.Can I end lease early?
A: That does not provide a legal defense if you leave early, and if landlord sues you for unpaid rent for the remainder of your lease term. But landlord can only collect unpaid rent, minus any amounts collected from re-renting, and landlord has to take reasonable steps to re-rent. Even if landlord doesn't sue, landlord can make an adverse entry on your credit record, lowering your credit score and making it more difficult to rent from a landlord who checks your credit. But if that is what it takes to be safe, you might consider it. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to consult a local real estate attorney.
Q. Do I need a lawyer? Or can I get legal separation / divorce without one?
A: You need a lawyer for legal separation, dissolution or divorce. If you file for divorce, you can also file for temporary support and for your spouse to pay your legal fees. Use the Find a Lawyer tab and speak with a few local family law attorneys to find one to work with you. Or check for local law school legal clinics or legal clinics at your local court that offer assistance.
Q. Can the owner of the house I’m staying in change the locks with all of my things, including military gear, inside
A: Try to work it out. Or sue the owner in small claims court yourself for a claim up to $6000.
Q. Our friend has lived in one of his uncle's houses for over 30 years. Uncle dies can his kids take house? Ohio
A: The uncle's wife, kids, or other next of kin will get the house according to the will, or according to Ohio law if he left no valid will. The nephew, your friend, would only have rights to the home if the will says so.
Q. On a joint car loan, is there a way to legally exempt someone from being financially responsible for the loan.
A: You both could sell the car. That would end the loan. The mortgage broker would have the best alternate suggestions.
Q. parents lost rights to kids had another kid was taken also but now able to get him back is this possible?
A: You would have to use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local family law attorney to review all the facts and answer your questions, and advise what steps you can take.
Q. Grandparents are trying to get custody of my son, can they put him on stand at 8?
A: That would be unlikely, but it could happen, or the judge or magistrate might talk to him. Use the Find a Lawyer tab and retain a local family law attorney.
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Cincinnati, OH 45209
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