California Code of Civil Procedure 872.550 is the California partition statute that allows a plaintiff to join all parties, including unknown parties, in a partition action. The statute provides that:
Where partition is sought as to all interests in the property, the plaintiff may join as defendants “all persons unknown claiming any interest in the property,” naming them in that manner.California Code of Civil Procedure 872.550
It can be difficult to name any and all parties who may claim to have an interest in a property, especially when the property has been passed down for generations, there is a long and complicated title history, or there is clouded title. This statute allows plaintiffs to join any unknown person who has an interest in the party without requiring they be named individually. Thereafter, service by publication will be required under Code of Civil Procedure § 872.320 and Code of Civil Procedure § 872.330.
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