Co-Ownership

Unequal Down Payments in Property Co-Ownership Disputes & Partition Actions

Unequal Down Payments and Ownership Interests in Property Co-Ownership Disputes (Partition Actions)

One of the most common issues that arises in California real estate co-ownership disputes and related partition actions is the remedy for a party who pays more than their fractional share of the down payment. For example, perhaps Sally and Joe purchase a home together, with Sally paying $100,000 of the down payment, while Joe … Read More

California - Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act

Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act – California – The Ultimate Guide

What is the Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act (UPHPA) in California? The Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act in California is the new law from the California legislature that makes it easier to solve co-ownership disputes between heirs and others owning family property. The law was created to address perceived abuse in California partition … Read More

Evicting a Sibling from an Inherited House Real Estate Attorney

Evicting a Sibling from an Inherited House in California

Inheriting a Home with Siblings in California It is extremely common for family members to pass down real estate to younger generations. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and other family members may choose to leave their valuable California real estate assets to family members they know and love. Commonly, siblings inherit a home together from a … Read More

Partition by Appraisal Partition Attorney Real Estate Lawyer

Partition by Appraisal in California

How Does Partition by Appraisal Work in California law? A partition action in California is a court-ordered process to bring an end to co-ownership disputes by dividing real estate equitably among co-owners. California law allows for three manners of partition: partition by sale, partition in kind, and partition by appraisal. While partition by sale is … Read More

Forcing the Sale of Inherited House in California

Forcing the Sale of an Inherited House in California

Can I Force the Sale of Inherited Property? Understanding exactly what to do after a close family member passes away is one of the most difficult things someone can go through. A whirlwind of confusion and sadness makes decision making near impossible, especially when real property is involved. Real estate is no doubt a major … Read More

What is a Quitclaim Deed in California Lawyer Real Estate Attorney

What is a Quitclaim Deed in California?

What is a Quitclaim Deed? A quitclaim deed is an instrument used in real estate transactions that transfers an interest in real property without warranty of title. Miller and Starr, the leading secondary source on California real estate, defines a quitclaim deed as one that: “transfers to the grantee all of the right, title, and … Read More

Civil Code § 683.2(c) - Joint Tenancy Severance After Death is Limited by California Law

Civil Code § 683.2(c) – Joint Tenancy Severance After Death is Limited by California Law

By definition, a joint tenancy is an interest in property in which each party has an equal share in the property. Joint tenants also enjoy the privilege of the right of survivorship, which allows a deceased joint tenant’s interest in a property to automatically pass to the surviving joint tenant(s). If the interest is transferred … Read More

Co-Owner's Rights to Lease and Evict Tenants

Co-Owner’s Rights to Lease and Evict Tenants

A common issue with co-ownership is how to manage rented property. Notably, many times only one of the co-owners allows a third party to lease the co-owned property without the consent or over the objection of the other co-owners. As explained below, the law is that each co-owner may lease the property, but doing so … Read More

Do I Forfeit Ownership Rights if I Leave Property Talkov Law

If I Leave the Property, Do I Forfeit Co-Ownership Rights?

As partition attorneys, property co-owners frequently ask if ownership rights can be forfeited by a co-owner moving out of (“abandoning”) the property. More specifically, co-owners want to know if they would give up their ownership rights to a co-owned property just by moving out. The answer is that, generally, a co-owner will not lose their … Read More

Types of Co-Ownership in California Talkov Law

Types of Co-Ownership in California (Tenants in Common, Joint Tenants, Etc.)

Co-Ownership of Real Property in California “Co-tenancy” is an umbrella term used to describe ownership by several co-owners with undivided interests in the real property. There are four distinct types of co-tenancies (or co-ownerships) recognized by statute in California in which several people can own the same property.[1]California Civil Code 682 Tenancy in Common A … Read More

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