Partition Actions in Modesto
Modesto is a city located in the Central Valley of California, approximately 90 miles east of San Francisco. It is the county seat of Stanislaus County and the 18th largest city in the state. The city is known for its agricultural production, particularly almonds, walnuts, and wine grapes. Modesto is also home to a vibrant arts and culture scene, with a variety of museums, galleries, and performing arts venues. The city is also home to a number of parks and recreational areas, including the McHenry Mansion, the Modesto Reservoir, and the Tuolumne River Regional Park.
According to Zillow, the median home value in Modesto, California is $320,000. As of July 1, 2019, the population of the Modesto, California area was estimated to be 545,722.
Experienced Real Estate Partition Action Attorneys Serving Modesto
Talkov Law’s attorneys serving Stanislaus 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 awarding each co-owner a certain percentage of the property’s value. The court will then order the property to be divided according to the co-owners’ wishes. The partition statutes also provide that if the court finds that a physical division of the property is not possible, it may order the property to be sold and the proceeds divided among the co-owners.
Our team of partition attorneys can assist co-owners with frequently asked questions about partitions, such as:
- Can heirs force the sale of property? Heirs can force the sale of real property in California once that property is distributed to them. However, sometimes, the property is still held in a trust where the trustee will sell the property. When there is no trust, the probate court may decide that the probate administrator will sell the property before it is distributed in fractional interests to the heirs.
- What are the grounds for a partition action in California? A co-owner is “entitled to partition as a matter of absolute right,” meaning “he need not assign any reason for his demand; that it is sufficient if he demands a severance; and that when grounds for a sale are duly established it may be demanded as of right. To grant it is not a mere matter of grace.” De Roulet v. Mitchel (1945) 70 Cal.App.2d 120, 123-124.
- Are there ways to make my partition action less expensive? There are numerous ways to obtain a less expensive partition action in California. For example, having your documents organized can ensure you don’t have to pay your attorney to go through a disorganized mess to get the information they need.
- Who pays for a partition action? In California, each party typically pays for their own attorney’s fees (known as the “American Rule”). However, California partition law allows for an exception to this rule, stating that “the court shall apportion the costs of partition among the parties in proportion to their interests or make such other apportionment as may be equitable.” California Code of Civil Procedure 874.040. Indeed, the court may award “reasonable attorney’s fees incurred or paid by a party for the common benefit.” California Code of Civil Procedure 874.010(a).
- What happens to any debts or liens on the property during a partition action? Secured debts are paid from the sale of the property. Secured lenders named in a partition action are generally dismissed with an agreement to pay the mortgage at the time of the sale.
Carlson v. Sullivan – Partition Action Case Study
In the legal case of Carlson v. Sullivan, 146 F. 476 (1906), the issue of partition was at the center of the dispute. The case involved a dispute between two siblings over the partition of their father’s estate. The siblings had inherited the estate from their father, who had died without a will. The siblings disagreed on how the estate should be divided, and the court was asked to decide the issue. The court held that the estate should be divided according to the laws of the state in which the estate was located. The court also held that the siblings should be allowed to partition the estate in whatever manner they saw fit, provided that it was done in a fair and equitable manner. The court also held that the siblings should be allowed to agree on a partition of the estate without the court’s intervention.
Contact our Team of Experienced Partition Lawyers Serving the City of Modesto in the County of Stanislaus, 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 (209) 600-7700 or contact us online for a free consultation about your co-ownership issues.