Real estate disputes can be emotionally-draining and challenging, especially when conflicts arise between co-owners of a property. Such disputes can strain relationships and make it difficult to find common ground. One solution to these issues is a partition action—a legal recourse that allows for the division or sale of the property. It's a situation no one wants to find themselves in, but if you do, it's crucial to have someone who understands the legal complexities of your situation.

At the Law Office of David J. Hollander, based in San Diego, California, David J. Hollander brings a deep understanding of real estate transactions and local laws to the table. He's not just there to provide legal advice—he's there to investigate the details of your case thoroughly and craft a strategic plan tailored to your unique situation. 

Whether it's boundary disputes, easement conflicts, trespassing cases, or any other real estate-related issue, you can trust that with David J. Hollander, your case is in capable and caring hands. His extensive experience representing buyers, sellers, developers, and property owners means he offers comprehensive legal support and representation, fighting for your best interests every step of the way. 

Understanding Partition Actions 

When co-owners of a property can't agree on how to divide or dispose of it, they might resort to a partition action. This legal remedy is available to any co-owner, whether they're joint tenants, tenants in common, or tenants by the entirety. The main goal here is to provide a fair and equitable solution for all parties involved.

A partition action isn't just about splitting a property down the middle or selling it off to the highest bidder. It's a careful process that considers the unique circumstances of each case. For instance, if one owner has invested more in improving the property, they may be entitled to a greater share of the proceeds. Or, if the property can't be physically divided without diminishing its value, it may be sold instead. Essentially, a partition action seeks to balance the interests of all co-owners while taking into account the unique characteristics of the property in question. 



The Partition Action Process 

The process of a partition action in California begins with the filing of a complaint in court. This complaint lays out the details of the property, lists all co-owners, and states the desired outcome of the partition. Once the complaint is filed and served to all co-owners, they have a chance to respond.

If an agreement isn't reached at this stage, the court steps in by appointing a referee to oversee the partition process. The referee's role is to evaluate the property, determine its value, and propose a division or sale. If the co-owners still can't agree, the court may order a public auction of the property, with the proceeds divided among the co-owners. It's a thorough process designed to ensure that all parties have their say and that the outcome is as fair as possible. 

Common Issues in a Partition Action 

Partition actions can be fraught with challenges. Disputes often arise over property valuation, the division of assets, and disagreements among co-owners. Determining the fair market value of the property can be particularly tricky, especially if there are improvements or unique features that affect its worth. And then there's the question of whether the property should be physically divided or sold, and how the proceeds should be divided among the co-owners.

Moreover, co-owners may not see eye to eye on the allocation of expenses related to the property, such as maintenance costs and property taxes. Emotional attachments to the property or financial constraints can further complicate the partition process. These complexities underscore the importance of having a seasoned real estate attorney on your side. 

How a Real Estate Attorney Can Help 

With David J. Hollander’s extensive experience in California real estate laws and partition actions, he can guide co-owners through the legal process, ensuring their rights are protected while advocating for their best interests. From the preparation and filing of the complaint to gathering necessary evidence and presenting a compelling case in court, a real estate attorney is pivotal at every stage of the process.

If a settlement agreement seems possible, David J. Hollander can negotiate on behalf of his clients to reach a resolution that's fair and satisfactory to all parties involved. And if an agreement can't be reached, he can represent his clients in court and present arguments to support their desired outcome. 


A partition action in California is a legal tool that can be used when co-owners can't agree on the division or sale of a property. It's a complex process, but with the right legal assistance, co-owners can navigate this challenging situation more effectively. With a deep understanding of the intricacies of partition actions and a commitment to his clients, David J. Hollander is well-equipped to provide the guidance and representation needed in these cases.