When Family Disputes Cost Everything

Over the years, this blog has covered many business disputes. But what happens when there’s much more than money or property on the line? What happens when business and the law come between family members?

Sperling Law is currently dealing with a few of these that teach some solid lessons.

One case involves a man in a dispute with his brother. The two own real property together and the younger brother has done a lot of things over the years to help out the older brother. At this time, the younger brother wants to sell the property they jointly own, but the older brother will not sell. So Sperling Law was hired to file what’s called a “partition action.”

Partition actions often come about because the real property that has been purchased is owned by more than one person, and the owner cannot agree to sell, keep or how the real property is to be used. When these interests diverge such as when there are different notions of what to do with the property, a dispute may arise. For instance, where one owner wants to improve the real property and another owner wants to sell it, if they cannot resolve the issues amongst themselves, the courts can step in and force a sale. There also can be issues regarding contributions by each owner on payments for upkeep, taxes, mortgages, and repairs where one owner may have paid more than another owner. The courts then also make determinations concerning the distribution of the net proceeds for when the real property is sold.

Sperling Law is in the process of filing the action and helping the younger brother resolve the issue as quickly and efficiently as possible. But these actions often have the negative side effect of further damaging the family relationships.

So even right there on your own family tree, you can smack right into a legal dispute. THEY are EVERYWHERE. And when those things negatively impact YOU and/or YOUR business including bankruptcies, landlord/tenant matters including unlawful detainers, contract issues, nuisance ADA claims and even collections, call in your good guy business litigator, Dean Sperling to resolve YOUR matter with YOUR best interests in mind!