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Cross-Complaints for Declaratory Relief in Partition Actions Proper

Are Cross-Complaints for Declaratory Relief Proper in a Partition Action?

While cross-complaints for declaratory relief in partition actions can be appropriate for clarifying the rights and duties of parties concerning the property in dispute, their utility may be limited as to ownership disputes since they are already at issue in every partition. Cross-Complaints in a Partition Action In California, Code of Civil Procedure § 428.10 … Read More

How to Get a Default Judgment in Partition Action

How to Get a Default Judgment in Partition Action

When defendants in a partition action ignore the summons and complaint, the plaintiff is entitled to obtain a default judgment ordering that the property be partitioned, usually by a forced sale. Indeed, some co-owners fail to respond to attempts to discuss the use, management, or sale of the property. When this occurs out of court, … Read More

What Does a Partition Lawyer Do?

Partition Lawyers: What do they do?

A partition attorney plays a pivotal role in navigating the intricacies of ending real property co-ownership relationships, offering legal representation and strategic advice to secure a fair and equitable outcome for their clients. If discussions about managing the jointly owned property are not being taken seriously by your co-owner, retaining a partition attorney equips you … Read More

The Levels of Aggression in Co-ownership Disputes

Levels of Assertiveness in Ending Co-ownership Disputes

Co-owners are often unsure how assertive they need to be to force the sale or buyout of their jointly owned property. Usually, the lack of cooperation of the other co-owners and the monetary amount involved will dictate how assertive a co-owner will need to be to end the co-ownership dispute. As California’s premier law firm … Read More

Can a Co-Owner Buy the Property in the Partition Action

Can a Co-Owner Buy the Property in the Partition Action?

Yes. While co-owners have the opportunity to purchase each other’s shares, navigating this path can introduce potential disputes and requires adherence to specific state laws and court procedures aimed at co-owners seeking to acquire interests. Exploring the feasibility of a co-owner purchasing property in a partition action merges legal intricacies and strategic considerations within the … Read More

Tricks to Remove Co-Owner from House Title

Tricks to Remove Co-Owner from House Title

The law allows any co-owner to remove another co-owner on the property title with or without their agreement through a quiet title action, or partition action, and by a deed with agreement. By Agreement – A Deed from the Co-Owner While it may seem obvious, a co-owner can be removed from the title to the … Read More

Assumptions in Partition Actions

Mortgage Assumptions in Partition Actions

An assumable mortgage is one where the buyer assumes the existing mortgage of the seller. When the mortgage is assumed, the seller is often no longer responsible for the debt. As it relates to co-ownership, the buying co-owner would thus assume the full liability for the mortgage, thereby relieving the selling co-owner. One reason buyers … Read More

998 Offers in Partition Actions to Force a Settlement - Recovering Costs of Partition

998 Offers in Partition Actions to Force a Settlement

How to Force Your Co-owner to Settle a Partition Action by Threatening to Recover the Costs of Partition Co-owners in a partition action can harness the power of a 998 offer by threatening to recover the costs of partition if the other side doesn’t accept the offer. The costs of partition can include partition attorney’s … Read More

Can a Partition Action Be Stopped in California?

How to Stop a Partition Action Generally, the right to a partition action is absolute, meaning that the right to partition a property is achievable by any co-owner, no matter how small or large their interest in the property may be. Once filed with the courts, a partition action cannot be “stopped” by a party … Read More

Personality Types of Co-owners in Partition Actions

While partition attorneys often focus on legal strategies, litigation also involves conflicts and dysfunction between personalities. With about 98% of partition actions that we handle settling before trial, these personality types often demand careful attention to ensure an optimal and expedient resolution. As shown below, certain dysfunctional personality traits require additional attention by parties to … Read More

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