What is a Los Angeles Court Partition Referee?

A partition referee is appointed in connection with the filing of a lawsuit involving the partition of real property. After an interlocutory judgment is obtained, a partition referee may be appointed. The partition referee takes possession in order to sell the property pursuant to the court order.

The partition referee must be a neutral third party, and court-appointed. The specific duties and responsibilities of a Los Angeles partition referee are set forth in the California Code of Civil Procedure CCP 872, et seq.

There are many similarities between a court-appointed partition referee and a court-appointed receiver. Both of these individuals are neutral and are appointed by the court pursuant to a court order.

A partition referee handles the sale of the property through the sale and distribution of net proceeds to co-owners, a physical division of the property, or the sale of one co-owner’s interest in the real property to the other co-owner. The partition referee takes these actions pursuant to a court order and must use reasonable care to ensure that the actions taken are in the best interest of the estate.

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