Trusts, Estates & Probate in Co-Ownership

Affidavit of Death of a Joint Tenant (Probate Code § 210)

Affidavit of Death of a Joint Tenant (Probate Code § 210)

The fundamental rule of joint tenancy is the right of survivorship, by which the public learns about the current ownership through a recorded affidavit of death of joint tenant. This article explains joint tenancy and what to do when a joint tenant dies. What is Joint Tenancy? Joint tenancy, also known as joint tenancy with … Read More

Probate Code 9823 – Partition Actions (Personal Representatives)

California Probate Code § 9823 is the California partition statute that addresses the relation between partition actions and probate matters. The statute provides that: (a) If the decedent leaves an undivided interest in any property, an action for partition of the property may be brought against the personal representative. (b) The personal representative may bring … Read More

Code-of-Civil-Procedure-872.530-CCP-Personal-Representatives-Joinder-Affidavits-Partition-Actions

Code of Civil Procedure 872.530 CCP – Personal Representatives; Joinder; Affidavits (Partition Actions)

California Code of Civil Procedure 872.530 is the California partition statute that outlines how to file a partition action against a co-owner who is deceased or believed to be deceased. The statute further describes what should be done if a deceased party’s personal representative is known or unknown as follows: (a) If a person described in Section … Read More

Forcing the Sale of Inherited House in California

Forcing the Sale of an Inherited House in California

Can I Force the Sale of Inherited Property? Understanding exactly what to do after a close family member passes away is one of the most difficult things someone can go through. Before asking whether both owners have to sign to sell a house, a whirlwind of confusion and sadness makes decision making near impossible, especially … Read More

Civil Code 682 – Severing a Joint Tenancy in California

This article seeks to explain the meaning of a joint tenancy as compared to other forms of co-tenancy, explains the meaning and importance of the severance of a joint tenancy, and explains the means by which a joint tenancy in real estate may be severed. Before or after the severance, jointly owned property can be … Read More

Family Code 1100(b) - Spouses Can Gift No More than Half of the Community Property

Family Code 1100(b) – Spouses Can Gift No More than Half of the Community Property

Community Property Laws Allow Spouses to Give Away No More than Half of the Community Estate, During Life or Upon Death in a Will or Trust While many spouses have tried, the law does not allow a living or deceased spouse to give away more than half of the community property marital estate, including in … Read More

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