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What Does a Partition Referee Do?

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What Does a Partition Referee Do?

General Overview

A partition referee is a neutral third party appointed by a court to oversee the partition or division of real or personal property. Partition referees are appointed in partition actions where co-owners are segregating and terminating their common property interests.

In California, joint owners of real property may file a lawsuit seeking to have their joint interest in the property partitioned. The need for a partition often arises in situations where there is a divorce or other break up or after a death where multiple parties have an inherited interest and are in disagreement as to their interests or how to divide them. It may also occur when multiple parties own a property that only one of them is living in.
One co-owner of the property in dispute will file a complaint with the court, which begins an action of partition. The court typically will initially determine each party’s interest and the method of partition in an interlocutory judgment.

Usually, the court will order a division by sale unless the parties agree to partition by appraisal or the court determines a division in kind (i.e. physical division) is possible. Once this is determined, the court appoints a partition referee to handle the actual partition of the property. The partition referee may be authorized to employ attorneys, surveyors, engineers, and others to carry out the division.

As part of the partition process, there will be an accounting of charges and credits to each co-owner’s share. Both plaintiff(s) and defendant(s) will want to seek reimbursement of money spent to maintain, improve or preserve property that benefits all co-owners. Credits can include expenditures in excess of the co-owner’s fractional share for necessary repairs, improvements that enhance the value of the property, taxes, payments of principal and interest on mortgages, and other liens, insurance for common benefit, and protection and preservation of title.

We have a network of agents throughout Southern California which allows us to provide hyper-localized expertise of the markets, and maximize value for you and your clients. We also routinely work with a variety of developers, contractors, brokers, agents, investors, family offices, experts (including construction, geology, and handwriting), appraisers, notaries.

APPOINTING THE RIGHT PARTITION REFEREE IN CALIFORNIA

When seeking the appointment of a partition referee, it is important to find a firm that has knowledge of property law, litigation, and real estate markets. ANAND LAW has in-depth knowledge of all three, which allows us to resolve partition disputes quickly and fairly for all parties involved.

We have experience to deal with any issue that may arise in a partition action, including: corporate ownership, sale of attendant business, unlawful detainer (evictions), quiet title, boundary disputes, TIC properties, tenant properties, unexpired  leases, hazardous materials, code violations, mechanics liens, unrecorded easements, and HOA regulations.  We ensure that all potential pitfalls are accounted for in order to resolve your situation with finality.

See more:

a   Distribution of Proceeds from a Partition Sale: Expenses, Costs, Fees, Liens…and Adjustments Based on Equitable Considerations

a  An Overview of Quiet Title and Partition 

ANAND LAW is composed of attorneys, business/financial strategists, and real estate brokers.   We act as a court appointed Partition Referee throughout California, including in the cities and areas of Los Angeles, Pasadena, Arcadia, Burbank, La Canada Flintridge, Covina, West Covina, Downey, Santa Monica, Glendale, Eagle Rock, Hollywood, Atwater Village, Echo Park, Glassell Park, Loz Feliz, Silverlake, Highland Park, Boyle Heights, Hancock Park, Cheviot Hills, Koreatown, Miracle Mile, Mid City, Venice, Van Nuys, Encino, Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Panorama City, North Hills, West Hills, Thousand Oaks, Calabasas, Granada Hills, Long Beach, Glendora, Anaheim, Inglewood, Santa Ana, Beverly Hills, Pomona, Marina Del Rey, Playa Del Rey, Mar Vista, Culver City, Cheviot Hills, Holmby Hills, Westchester, El Segundo, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Huntington Beach, Orange, Irvine, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Moorpark, Fresno, Stockton, San Francisco, Berkeley, and communities throughout Los Angeles, Orange, Santa Barbara, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, San Diego, Ventura, San Francisco, Alameda, and Mendocino Counties.

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