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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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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
  • 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
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Purdue University - Purdue University
M.S. (1974) | Engineering
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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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3484 Questions Answered

Q. I live in ohio, I rent. Can evict my ex who is not on the lease myself?
A: Some courts allow a tenant to evict an occupant, other courts require the landlord to evict. Check with your local court or use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local attorney to advise you. Court personnel might not answer questions or give correct answers.
Q. My dad passed 9 mths ago as per will if siblings is not agreeable property to be sold. What next
A: If the will has been submitted to probate, and the court has appointed an executor, then the executor must follow the terms of the will and sell the property if there is no agreement among siblings. The probate court would have to approve any potential sale. The executor also must take proper care of the property including paying taxes and keeping insurance current. Talk to the attorney handling the probate with the executor, or use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local probate attorney to review the situation and advise you. If the will has not yet been submitted to probate, the attorney can advise you about that.
Q. Can a landlord renege on a lease renewal
A: You'll have to retain a local attorney to review the lease, the renewal provisions, and all the facts and then represent you if landlord files an eviction. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to find a local attorney who handles evictions.
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