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Joseph Jaap

Joseph Jaap

Legal services for families, businesses, and entrepreneurs.
  • Real Estate Law, Probate, Estate Planning ...
  • Ohio
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Biography

Practicing law for over 29 years, Joseph Jaap assists clients with a wide range of legal issues, whether personal, family law, real estate, estate planning, or business, to develop and implement legal strategies that achieve client goals and that avoid or resolve disputes.

Joe advises clients about their family legal matters, including wills, trusts, powers of attorney, probate, estate planning, divorce, child custody and support, guardianship, and other family issues.

His real estate practice includes both commercial and residential real estate, representing and counseling clients regarding purchases, sales, leasing, condominium development and conversions, condominium management and homeowner associations, construction contracting and construction project management, construction dispute resolution, and mechanic's liens.

Joe also provides general business representation to entrepreneurs and businesses advising clients about business formation, incorporation and joint ventures, contract negotiations, and asset purchases and sales.

He also helps clients resolve issues related to trademarks, copyrights, and other intellectual property, including clearance and registration of state and federal trademarks, copyright registrations, trademark and copyright infringement claim resolution, intellectual property asset transfers and licensing, trade secret protection, confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements, and electronic commerce including Internet and domain name issues.

A Cincinnati native, after graduating from Purdue with B.S. and M.S. degrees in engineering, Joe served on active duty as a Navy officer and nuclear power plant engineer on Navy nuclear-powered ships, and served aboard a submarine, cruiser, and aircraft carrier, and remains active with local Navy veterans on the board of the Cincinnati Navy League. After the Navy, Joe worked for several years as an engineer and was licensed as a professional engineer before obtaining his law degree.

Practice Areas
Real Estate Law
Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
Probate
Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
Estate Planning
Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
Trademarks
Trademark Litigation, Trademark Registration
Construction Law
Construction Contracts, Construction Defects, Construction Liens, Construction Litigation
Divorce
Collaborative Law, Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
Family Law
Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
Landlord Tenant
Evictions, Housing Discrimination, Landlord Rights, Rent Control, Tenants' Rights
Fees
  • Free Consultation
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Ohio
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Languages
  • English
Education
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
J.D. (1989) | Law
Honors: Order of the Coif Academic Honor Society
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Purdue University - Purdue University
M.S. (1974) | Engineering
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Professional Associations
Cincinnati Bar Association
- Current
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Certifications
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
Websites & Blogs
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Legal Answers
4083 Questions Answered
Q. Is there any other way to be legally divorced other than a dissolution or divorce?
A: Check if your local domestic relations court has a legal clinic with volunteer lawyers who help with the divorce paperwork. Or check local law schools for any legal clinics they have. The forms for divorce are typically available on your local court's web site, although it is recommended that you have an attorney complete those. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to call some local divorce attorneys - many offer free consultations and can advise you how much the legal fees might be.
Q. Do the home owners need to file a 30 day eviction notice for me to leave?
A: Yes, the owners must give a 30 day written notice before filing the eviction. But an eviction filing is a permanent court record that can make it difficult for you to rent from a landlord who check's the court records, and most landlords check, and won't rent to someone with a prior eviction. So try to work it out with the owner to avoid an eviction filing against you.
Q. What can I file against a Writ of Possession in Ohio? Is it legal to evict when there's a disabled child in home?
A: You'll need to talk to an attorney ASAP if you are being required to vacate by this weekend. Whether or not the writ was signed or has different dates, the sheriff could show up to execute on it and allow the landlord's moving crew to enter and remove all your belongings out to the curb. Try to contact the landlord's attorney and work something out, and use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local landlord-tenant attorney who handles residential eviction cases.
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Contact & Map
Main Office
3074 Madison Road
Cincinnati, OH 45209
Telephone: (513) 533-2037