Summers v. Superior Court

How to Get a Default Judgment in Partition Action

How to Get a Default Judgment in Partition Action

When defendants in a partition action ignore the summons and complaint, the plaintiff is entitled to obtain a default judgment ordering that the property be partitioned, usually by a forced sale. Indeed, some co-owners fail to respond to attempts to discuss the use, management, or sale of the property. When this occurs out of court, … Read More

Bogus Claims that a Co-Owner is “Merely a Co-Signer” in Partition Actions

Partition Defendants Alleging that their Co-Owner is Only a Co-Borrower Have an Uphill Legal Battle Partition actions sometimes involve disputes over the ownership of the property. This is important due to the requirement that an interlocutory judgment of partition find “the interests of the parties in the property….” Code Civ. Proc. § 872.720(a). This refers … Read More

Summers v. Superior Court (2018) Ownership Interests Determined Before Partition Judgment Entered

Summers v. Superior Court (2018) Ownership Interests Determined with Interlocutory Judgment of Partition

In the world of partition actions in California, lawyers have misunderstood the California Court of Appeal opinion in Summers v. Superior Court (2018) 24 Cal.App.5th 138 as meaning that the interests of parties in the proceeds of sale must be determined before the court can enter an interlocutory judgment for partition by sale. In reality, Summers … Read More

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