In the last six months there is no doubt that real estate prices have steadily risen throughout Southern California and Los Angeles. As a result, we are seeing more ownership disputes. The most common disputes are partition disputes. Partition is the court aided process whereby a co-tenant forces the sale of real property when the other co-tenant does not want to sell. There are very few defenses to a partition dispute, but each case is different. For example, our attorneys recently successfully defended a partition lawsuit brought by a co-tenant tenant in common by proving that the co-tenant had adversely possessed the property.
With any partition dispute it is important to remember that the parties are generally (absent available defenses) advised to agree on a method of sale and elect a private sale either to one of the owners or to a third party through a broker. The less the court has to be involved generally means the more the equity in the property will be preserved for the owner.
Of course each partition case is different. Fortunately, our Southern California real estate attorneys have extensive experience dealing with partition cases throughout Southern California both in court and in arbitration. To see if you qualify for a free consultation on your partition claim contact the real estate attorneys at Schorr Law, APC by filling out the contact form on the right hand side of this page, by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at (310) 954-1877.