Partition Actions in Hayward
Hayward is a city located in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area in Alameda County, California. It is the sixth-largest city in the Bay Area and the third-largest in Alameda County. Hayward is known for its many parks, its vibrant downtown, and its proximity to the San Francisco Bay. The city is home to California State University, East Bay, and is a major hub for the Bay Area’s transportation network. Hayward is also home to a variety of businesses, including several major corporations, and is a popular destination for shopping, dining, and entertainment.
According to Zillow, the median home value in Hayward, California is $717,400 as of 2021. As of 2020, the population of the California area of Hayward is estimated to be 153,788.
Experienced Real Estate Partition Action Attorneys Serving Hayward
Talkov Law’s attorneys serving Alameda County are exceptionally experienced in the area of California partition actions. California partition actions provide a legal mechanism for co-owners of real property to divide the property among themselves. The partition statutes allow a co-owner to file a lawsuit in court to have the property divided, either physically or by sale. The court will then order the division of the property in a way that is fair and equitable to all parties. The partition statutes also provide that any proceeds from the sale of the property must be divided among the co-owners in proportion to their respective interests in the property.
Our team of partition attorneys can assist co-owners with frequently asked questions about partitions, such as:
- Can a Trust File a Partition? Yes, a trust can file a partition action as the co-owner of real property in California.
- Are there methods to resolve a partition situation without a court-ordered sale? The vast majority of partitions are solved without a court-ordered sale. Many times, the defendant will buy out the plaintiff’s interest. Other times, the parties will agree to a voluntary sale on the open market. However, the filing of the partition action is generally what forces the defendant to see the wisdom of settlement. Under California’s Partition of Real Property Act, a defendant can buy out the interest of the plaintiff at an appraised value, meaning that a court-ordered sale is only likely occur where the defendant simply can’t afford to buy the property but still won’t agree to sell.
- What are my partition rights for inherited property? Co-owners of inherited property generally have the absolute right to force the sale of the property through a partition action.
- How much does a partition action cost? The cost of a partition action can vary widely depending on the complexity of the case. A typical partition action usually costs between $5,000 and $12,000, with about $8,000 being the most common cost. However, difficulty locating a defendant, the motion to appoint a partition referee, delay tactics by defendants, and other issues may raise the cost of your partition action. An experienced partition lawyer can mitigate costs and resolve your co-ownership dispute with maximum efficiency.
- Can I still file a partition if my co-owner has filed for bankruptcy? Yes, the partition action can generally be filed in the bankruptcy court or the bankruptcy court can apply state partition law to allow offsets when the co-owned property is sold by the bankruptcy trustee.
Cummings v. Dessel – Partition Action Case Study
In the legal case of Cummings v. Dessel, 13 Cal.App.5th 589 (2017), the issue of partition was at the center of the dispute. The case involved a dispute between two siblings over the ownership of a family home. The siblings had inherited the home from their parents, and the siblings had agreed to partition the home, with one sibling taking the upstairs portion and the other taking the downstairs portion. However, the siblings had not been able to agree on the terms of the partition, and the dispute had gone to court. The court had to decide whether the siblings had the right to partition the home, and if so, how the partition should be accomplished. The court also had to decide whether the siblings had the right to sell the home and divide the proceeds, or if the home should remain in the family. The court ultimately ruled that the siblings had the right to partition the home, and that the partition should be accomplished by a sale of the home and a division of the proceeds.
Contact our Team of Experienced Partition Lawyers Serving the City of Hayward in the County of Alameda, 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 (510) 999-3300 or contact us online for a free consultation about your co-ownership issues.