California Code of Civil Procedure 873.160 is the California partition statute that releases partition referees of liability for contracts made or expenses incurred unless explicitly in writing. The statute provides that:
The referee is not personally liable on contracts made, or for expenses incurred, except as such liability is expressly assumed by the referee in writing.California Code of Civil Procedure § 873.160
Law Revision Commission Comments to California Code of Civil Procedure § 873.160
In 1976, the California Law Revision Commission explained California Code of Civil Procedure § 873.160 as follows:
Section 873.160 is new. The contract itself may provide a means of payment, e.g., the commission of an auctioneer or a real estate broker from the proceeds of sale. In other cases, particularly where the property is divided, the third person will have lien rights. See Section 874.120 (lien for costs).
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