Partition of Real Property Act

My Co-owner Asked for Partition by Sale. Can I Buy Out my Co-owner?

My Co-owner Asked for Partition by Sale. Can I Buy Out my Co-owner?

Yes, California Code of Civil Procedure 874.317 is the California partition statute that sets forth the manner in which a co-owner of property can buy out the interests of the other co-owners who requested a sale in a partition action. . The purchase price for the buy out under the Partition of Real Property Act is based … Read More

How Does the Partition Referee Get Paid?

How Does the Partition Referee Get Paid?

The compensation of the partition referee is paid at the end of the case, which is generally when the co-owners are being paid. In California, partition referees effectuate the court’s judgment that the property should be partitioned, which usually involves a sale of the property. The Partition Referee Gets Paid at the End of the … Read More

What Does a Partition Lawyer Do?

Partition Lawyers: What do they do?

A partition attorney plays a pivotal role in navigating the intricacies of ending real property co-ownership relationships, offering legal representation and strategic advice to secure a fair and equitable outcome for their clients. If discussions about managing the jointly owned property are not being taken seriously by your co-owner, retaining a partition attorney equips you … Read More

Tricks to Remove Co-Owner from House Title

Tricks to Remove Co-Owner from House Title

The law allows any co-owner to remove another co-owner on the property title with or without their agreement through a quiet title action, or partition action, and by a deed with agreement. By Agreement – A Deed from the Co-Owner While it may seem obvious, a co-owner can be removed from the title to the … Read More

Assumptions in Partition Actions

Mortgage Assumptions in Partition Actions

An assumable mortgage is one where the buyer assumes the existing mortgage of the seller. When the mortgage is assumed, the seller is often no longer responsible for the debt. As it relates to co-ownership, the buying co-owner would thus assume the full liability for the mortgage, thereby relieving the selling co-owner. One reason buyers … Read More

Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act Definitions CCP 874.312

Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act in California (2022)

The Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act (UPHPA) was a law that was enacted January 1, 2022. It was originally introduced into California’s legislature as Assembly Bill No. 633 and was signed by Governor Gavin Newsom signed in July 2021. The UPHPA provided defendants in a partition action added opportunities to buy out their co-owners. … Read More

Can a Partition Action Be Stopped in California?

How to Stop a Partition Action Generally, the right to a partition action is absolute, meaning that the right to partition a property is achievable by any co-owner, no matter how small or large their interest in the property may be. Once filed with the courts, a partition action cannot be “stopped” by a party … Read More

What is the Partition of Real Property Act in California?

Formerly known as the Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act The Partition of Real Property Act in California is a newly-implemented law that expands upon the Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act to give non-partitioning parties additional opportunities to buy out their co-owners. Essentially, the Partition of Real Property Act creates a right of first … Read More

Affirmative Defenses Partition Action California Attorney Lawyer

Affirmative Defenses to a Partition Action in California

How Do You Beat a Partition Action? Experienced partition attorneys in California are often asked whether there are affirmative defenses to a partition under California law. Of course, every defendant wants to win a partition action. While some people may refer to these as affirmative defenses, it might be best to look them as ways … Read More

SB 9 Lot Splits in a Partition Action

Prior to California’s enactment of SB 9, also known as the California HOME Act, a single-family home in a partition action would almost certainly be sold since division of the property would not be allowed under zoning laws requiring certain lot sizes. However, SB 9, which became effective in 2022, mandates that cities approve certain … Read More

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