20+ Year Experienced Court Appointed Partition Referee

When an individual serves as a partition referee, there are some similarities to being appointed as a Receiver but also some very big differences. Attorney Matthew Taylor has served as both a business & property receiver, as well as a real property partition referee.

What Does a Partition Referee Do?

A partition referee is a neutral third party appointed by a judge to oversee the partition or division of real or personal property. Usually the property is sold by the referee, and the proceeds are disbursed by the court to the owners. The referee sells the property in coordination with the instructions from the court (Code Civ. Proc. 873.510). A referee is most often appointed in matters involving family or business partner disputes, spousal disputes or property with a missing owner. According to California Code of Civil Procedure CCP 873.010 (a) “The court shall appoint a referee to divide or sell the property as ordered by the court.”

How is a Referee Appointed?

Generally, both parties can mutually agree upon a referee to be appointed, in which case the court would generally follow their request. However, in cases where there is no agreement among the parties, the judge may unilaterally appoint a referee.

Once a referee is appointed, the referee is primarily responsible and accountable to the court/judge. (Code Civ. Proc. 873.510): “The referee appointed by the court to make a sale of the property shall sell the property in the manner and following the procedures provided in this chapter.”

What Authority Does a Partition Referee Have?

According to California Code of Civil Procedure CCP 873.060 a court appointed referee “may perform any acts necessary to exercise the authority conferred by this title or by order of this court.” Ultimately, a court referee has the authority to sell the property efficiently by whatever means necessary to insure the fulfillment of the court order, including public auction or private sale. This may include actions like:

  • Hiring a real estate agent or broker
  • Employing a lawyer
  • Signing a purchase/sale agreement
  • Signing Deeds

Contact Attorney Matthew L. Taylor

If you are in the midst of a family or business dispute, or divorce with a significant property at stake it may be within all parties’ best interest to rely on an experienced neutral attorney to divide the property or sell and divide the proceeds equitably. Attorney Matthew Taylor has over 20 years of experience in matters concerning receiverships and partition actions, and has been appointed as a partition referee and receiver numerous times in San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange County and Los Angeles counties. Call (909) 989-7774 now to discuss whether a partition referee is appropriate for your situation.

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Acting Receiver

  • City of Costa Mesa v. Mohammed (Orange County Superior Court case number 30-2015-00825037- CU-PT-CJC). Appointed Receiver of real property in a Health and Safety Code receivership action in California Superior Court. Project involved rehabilitation of multi-family property.
  • City of La Habra v. Ulrich (Orange County Superior Court case number 30-2016-00835056-CU-PT- CJC). Appointed Receiver of real property in a Health and Safety Code receivership action in California Superior Court. Project involved rehabilitation of single family house.
  • Graham v. Bertino (San Bernardino County Superior Court case number CIVDS 1501058). Appointed Receiver to operate an internet-based seller of clothing and household decorative accessories. Project involved management of an operating business.
  • Lower v. Dupas (San Bernardino County Superior Court case number CIVDS 1504897). Appointed Receiver over operations of industrial company with subsidiaries selling plastics, packaging, doors, and commercial hardware. Project involved an operating business.
  • In re Neiderheiser Family Trust (San Bernardino County Superior Court case number PROPS 1300530). Appointed Receiver to operate janitorial business in probate case. Project involved management of an operating business.
  • City of Colton v. Julia Carey (San Bernardino County Superior Court case number CIVDS 1404465). Appointed Receiver of real property in a Health and Safety Code receivership action in California Superior Court. Project involved rehabilitation of a single-family house.
  • City of Ontario v. Paul Boulos (San Bernardino County Superior Court case number CIVRS 1109516). Appointed Receiver of real property in a Health and Safety Code receivership action in California Superior Court. Project involved rehabilitation of a single-family house.
  • City of Ontario v. William Wootton (San Bernardino County Superior Court case number CIVRS 1205768). Appointed Receiver of real property in a Health and Safety Code receivership action in California Superior Court. Project involved rehabilitation of a single-family house in a historical district. The completed rehabilitation project was awarded a 2014 Model Colony award by the city’s Historical Planning Commission.
  • Richard Fracasse v. Frank J. Redmond and Lloyd’s of Running Springs (San Bernardino County Superior Court case number CIVDS 908983). Appointed Receiver in post-judgment collection case involving sale of real property.
  • City of Ontario v. Santiago Nieves (San Bernardino County Superior Court case CIVRS 1303789). Appointed Receiver of real property in a Health and Safety Code receivership action in California Superior Court. Project involved rehabilitation of a single-family house.
  • City of Ontario v. Rafael Landgrave (San Bernardino County Superior Court case CIVRS 1302675). Appointed Receiver of real property in a Health and Safety Code receivership action in California Superior Court. Project involved rehabilitation of a single-family house. The completed rehabilitation project was awarded a 2016 Model Colony award by the city’s Historical Planning Commission.
  • County of San Bernardino v. Sanchez (San Bernardino County Superior Court case CIVVS 1203505). Appointed Receiver of real property in a post-judgment action to enforce county Health and Safety code violations. Project involved rehabilitation of a single-family house and removal of debris from property.
  • Spitz v. Pineda (San Bernardino County Superior Court case CIVDS 1418828). Appointed Receiver of real property in a post-judgment action to enforce order for possession.

Counsel for Receiver

  • OJ Simpson Receivership Estate. California Superior Court receivership involving the collection and sale of personal property in aid of a civil judgment.
  • Brickyard Landing Phase V Associates. California Superior Court receivership involving completion of a 69-unit condominium project and sale of units.
  • Cerrito Development. California Superior Court receivership involving completion of construction of single-family homes in a multi-phase development.
  • Playa Village. California Superior Court receivership involving the construction and sale of a 26-unit residential development.
  • Tomac International. California Superior Court receivership of an importer and manufacturer of clothing and hats. Represented receiver and also had operational duties of supervising sale and protection of assets.
  • PC Craft. California Superior Court receivership of a publicly-traded company involved in the import and sale of computer equipment. Represented receiver and also had operational duties of supervising day-to-day operations of the company.
  • BJMT Nimble Techonology. California Superior Court receivership of a importer of computer equipment. This receivership involved operation of the company and liquidation of its assets under supervision of the Superior Court.
  • Puroflow Corporation. California Superior Court receivership of a publicly-traded company that manufactured automotive and aerospace filters. This receivership involved operation of the company.
  • SV International. California Superior Court receivership of an importer of computer equipment. This receivership involved operation of the company and sale of its assets under supervision of the Superior Court.
  • M&T Construction. California Superior Court receivership of a contracting company specializing in commercial restrooms. This receivership involved operation of the company and sale of its assets under supervision of the Superior Court.
  • Hopes Industries. California Superior Court receivership of an importer of artificial flowers and plants. This receivership involved operation of the company and sale of its assets under supervision of the Superior Court.
  • Mercer Street Capital. California Superior Court receivership of an asset-based lender specializing in accounts receivable factoring. This receivership involved operation of the company and sale of its assets under supervision of the Superior Court.
  • Optiplast. California Superior Court receivership of a manufacturer of plastic bags. This receivership involved operation of the company and sale of its assets under supervision of the Superior Court.
  • Magepower. California Superior Court receivership of a manufacturer of electronic components. This receivership involved operation of the company and sale of its assets under supervision of the Superior Court.
  • 10/74 Partners. California Superior Court receivership of a large shopping center. This receivership involved collection of rents and management of the shopping center.

Partition Referee

  • Kleier v. Williams. (San Bernardino County Superior Court case CIVDS 1412451. Appointed referee to sell real property in a partition action.

Attorney Matthew L. Taylor has been a partition referee in San Bernardino, Riverside, Los Angeles and Orange County. If you have matter that requires the advice of an experienced referee, please call to schedule a consultation. Similarly, if you are an attorney, judge or business that needs the assistance of a highly experienced property division referee, I would look forward to talking to you today - (909) 989-7774.

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