What are the attorney and court costs and the likely outcomes associated with a California partition action?
My 90-year-old mother-in-law, a 51-percent owner, is a tenant in common along with two other TICs in a 6-acre parcel of land in Ventura County. The three have owned the property for 30-plus years. All parties presently wish to sell, but the other two -- neither of whom needs the money -- are holding out to sell to a developer for a premium (i.e. unrealistic) price. (There have been feelers from developers in the past.) My mother-in-law now understandably wants to realize a profit in her investment during her lifetime. There seems to be no way to compel the others to sell; my mother-in-law has zero leverage at this point. Additionally, things have grown contentious, with one of the other two TICs (another son-in-law) living on the property rent-free, which is contrary to a written agreement. What can be done?