Partition Actions in Fresno
Fresno is the fifth-largest city in California and the largest inland city in the state. Located in the San Joaquin Valley, it is the economic and cultural center of the Fresno-Clovis metropolitan area, which has a population of over 1 million people. Fresno is known for its agricultural production, including grapes, cotton, and almonds, as well as its vibrant arts and entertainment scene. The city is home to several museums, galleries, and performing arts venues, as well as a variety of restaurants, bars, and nightlife spots. Fresno is also home to California State University, Fresno, and Fresno City College.
According to Zillow, the median home value in Fresno, California is $269,000 as of 2021. As of July 1, 2019, the population of the Fresno, California area was 545,941.
Experienced Real Estate Partition Action Attorneys Serving Fresno
Talkov Law’s attorneys serving Fresno County are exceptionally experienced in the area of California partition actions. A California partition action is a law that allows co-owners of real property to divide the property among themselves. The partition statutes provide a legal mechanism for co-owners to divide the property without having to go through the court system. The partition statutes allow co-owners to divide the property either by agreement or by court order. If the co-owners cannot agree on how to divide the property, then the court will divide the property in a way that is fair and equitable to all parties. The partition statutes also provide that any partition of the property must be in accordance with the laws of the state of California. The legal effect of the partition statutes is that it provides a legal mechanism for co-owners to divide their property without having to go through the court system.
Our team of partition attorneys can assist co-owners with frequently asked questions about partitions, such as:
- Can I be forced into selling a jointly owned house? Under California’s Partition of Real Property Act, a co-owner will have a right to buyout the property. However, absent a buy out at the appraised price, a plaintiff will likely be able to force the sale of a jointly owned house.
- What are the potential outcomes of a partition action? The most likely outcome in a partition action is that the plaintiff receives fair value for their interest in the property either through a sale to a third party or to the defendant. In rare cases, a property can be divided, through this is not applicable to single family residences with no surplus land.
- What is the average cost of a partition action? The usual cost for a partition action is about $8,000 to $12,000, depending on the complexity. Some cases settle quickly after the defendant receives the partition complaint, while others can drag on longer if there are more complex issues or delay tactics by the defendant.
- Will there be a trial in a California partition action? Trials are extremely rare in partition actions because the interlocutory judgment procedure allows for a partition referee to be appointed by meeting just a few elements that rarely involve live testimony from witnesses. Even if a trial occurred, it would almost certainly relate only to the ownership interests or the distribution of proceeds, though most cases are decided on motion heard by the court based on the papers submitted by the parties.
- Can a Trust File a Partition? Yes, a trust can file a partition action as the co-owner of real property in California.
Barney v. City of Baltimore – Partition Action Case Study
In the legal case of Barney v. City of Baltimore, 73 U.S. 280 (1867), the issue was whether the City of Baltimore had the right to partition a piece of land owned by the plaintiff, Barney. The City of Baltimore had passed an ordinance that allowed it to partition the land into two parts, with one part being used for a public street and the other part being sold to a private individual. The plaintiff argued that the City of Baltimore did not have the right to partition the land without his consent, and that the ordinance was unconstitutional. The Supreme Court ultimately ruled in favor of the plaintiff, finding that the City of Baltimore did not have the right to partition the land without the consent of the owner.
Contact our Team of Experienced Partition Lawyers Serving the City of Fresno in the County of Fresno, California.
Our partition litigation attorneys will work diligently to obtain a favorable outcome on your behalf, whether by negotiation or litigation. Call the experienced real estate partition attorneys at Talkov Law at (559) 777-5500 or contact us online for a free consultation about your co-ownership issues.