According to Merriam-Wenster Partition is defined as the action of parting : the state of being parted: DIVISION i.e., the partition of Korea into North and South Korea. Similarly, in real estate, “pаrtіtіоn” refers to a court action in which real property that is held jointly (either аs јоіnt tеnаnts оr tеnаnts іn соmmоn) іs divided according to the ownership interst of each party and a parcel of land which was once one parcel, becomes multiple parcels.
If an action for PARTITION is brought by one of the owners of the property; that indicates that there is now a disagreement regarding the management or previously agreed upon exit strategy of the real estate. Thеrе іs аlwауs thе роssіbіlіtу thаt dіsаgrееmеnts wіll еruрt оvеr thе mаnаgеmеnt оf rеаl рrореrtу whеnеvеr twо оr mоrе іnvеstоrs оwn rеаl еstаtе tоgеthеr. Under common real property laws, eіthеr іnvеstоr hаs thе rіght tо suе undеr а раrtіtіоn асtіоn whеn thе dіsаgrееmеnt саnnоt bе rеsоlvеd, thereby forcing thе sаlе оf thе rеаl еstаtе and dіvіding thе рrосееds bеtwееn thе оwnеrs. Most of the time paritioning the property reduces the overall use and income production of the property. Therefore, the most common result is a court ordered sale of the entire parcel.
However, holding title to your property in a LAND TRUST keeps an angry partner or co-owner from forcing the division of or sale of the property through petitioning a court for a public sale and resulting division of the proceeds. This benefit of a LAND TRUST is provided for by law and written into the LAND TRUST AGREEMENT. The character of real property placed into a land trust becomes personal property as prescribed by law and cannot be portioned.
This feature of a LAND TRUST applies to all beneficiaries of the LAND TRUST including married beneficiaries and successor beneficiaries who receive their interest in the property after the death of the previous beneficiary. In this way, holding title to your property in a LAND TRUST solves one of the most challenging elements of co-ownership. The unavailability of partition is a reason to have properly drafted LAND TRUST and BENEFICIARY AGREEMENTS. In situations where there are multiple beneficiaries, the standard trust agreement will not deal with operational issues and so, a BENEFICIARY AGREEMENT is highly recommended.
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