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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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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
    Divorce
    Collaborative Law, Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
    Estate Planning
    Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
    Probate
    Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
    Landlord Tenant
    Evictions, Housing Discrimination, Landlord Rights, Rent Control, Tenants' Rights
    Trademarks
    Trademark Litigation, Trademark Registration
    Construction Law
    Construction Contracts, Construction Defects, Construction Liens, Construction Litigation
    Family Law
    Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
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
Senior Reactor Operator 1982-1984
US Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Surface Warfare Officer/Nuclear Power Plant Engineer
United States Navy
Professional Engineer 1986-2002
State of Ohio
Websites & Blogs
Website
Legal Answers
3925 Questions Answered
Q. Are promissory notes legal if my signiture is not on it. Nane is printed but where it says signiture its blank?
A: An oral contract for the loan of money is enforceable in court. The promissory note could be introduced in court as evidence of the terms of the loan along with oral testimony that the money was loaned and received by the borrower with the borrower's promise to repay it.
Q. Just took a walk on my property (OH). My neighbor chopped down a bunch of my trees and destroyed the boundary line fence
A: Take photos, get a surveyor to mark the boundary, get an arborist to determine the value of trees lost and cost of replacement, and cost to replace fence. Contact your insurance agent, ask your neighbor to pay your monetary damages, and use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local attorney to review the situation and advise you of your options.
Q. Landlord blackmailing me?
A: If a tenant does not have a written lease, then landlord can terminate the tenant's occupancy at the end of the paid-up rental period by giving 30 days written notice. Landlord's reason for termination doesn't matter. If tenant doesn't leave, landlord can evict the tenant by filing with the court.
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Contact & Map
Main Office
3074 Madison Road
Cincinnati, OH 45209
Telephone: (513) 533-2037