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Partition Actions in Santa Monica

Santa Monica is a beachfront city in western Los Angeles County, California, United States. Situated on Santa Monica Bay, it is bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles – Pacific Palisades to the north, Brentwood on the northeast, West Los Angeles on the east, Mar Vista on the southeast, and Venice on the south. Santa Monica is home to many Hollywood celebrities and is a popular tourist destination, known for its mild year-round climate, its 3.5-mile (5.6 km) beachfront promenade, Palisades Park, and its world-famous Santa Monica Pier, which includes an amusement park and a historic carousel. The city also has a large number of art galleries, theaters, and other cultural attractions. Santa Monica is also home to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the Santa Monica College.

According to Zillow, the median home value in Santa Monica, California is $1,845,400 as of 2021. As of 2020, the population of the Santa Monica area of California is 93,817.

Experienced Real Estate Partition Action Attorneys Serving Santa Monica

Talkov Law’s attorneys serving Los Angeles 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 I be forced into selling a jointly owned house? Under California’s Partition of Real Property Act, a co-owner will have a right to buyout the property. However, absent a buy out at the appraised price, a plaintiff will likely be able to force the sale of a jointly owned house.
  • Can you lose interest in a jointly owned home by moving out? Generally, co-owners maintain their ownership interests regardless of whether they live at the property. However, in rare cases, leaving the property for many years without paying taxes or other expenses may allow the co-owners in possession to argue that they have adversely possessed the property. Generally, these co-ownership disputes do not get easier with time, so it is important to act promptly.
  • How will the court in a California partition action determine how much each co-owner will receive from the sales proceeds? Generally, each co-owner will receive their fractional interest in the proceeds of sale based on their ownership interests. However, this amount can be enhanced or diminished by partition offsets whereby one co-owner paid more than their fractional interest for property expenses.
  • What are the tax implications of a partition action? It is best to seek the advice of a tax attorney or CPA about tax issues. However, the most common tax issues in partitions, like other sales, can involve capital gains taxes and the potential partial or full reassessment of property taxes.
  • Can a partition action be filed for both real property and personal property in California? Yes, all co-owned real and personal property can be partitioned under California law. Cal. Civ. Proc. Code § 872.020.

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    Hecker v. Ross – Partition Action Case Study

    In the legal case of Hecker v. Ross, 183 Cal.App.2d 30 (1960), the issue of partition was at the center of the dispute. The case involved a dispute between two siblings over the partition of a family home. The siblings had inherited the home from their parents, and the plaintiff, Hecker, wanted to partition the home so that each sibling could have their own separate residence. The defendant, Ross, argued that the home should not be partitioned, as it would be too costly and would destroy the value of the home. The court ultimately ruled in favor of Hecker, finding that partition was the only way to fairly divide the property between the siblings. The court also noted that partition would not necessarily destroy the value of the home, as it could be done in a way that would preserve the value of the property.

    Contact our Team of Experienced Partition Lawyers Serving the City of Santa Monica in the County of Los Angeles, 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 (310) 496-3300 or contact us online for a free consultation about your co-ownership issues.

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