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Napa Partition Lawyers

Napa is the largest city and the county seat of Napa County. Situated in the northern region of the Bay Area, Napa has become the primary business and economic center for the Napa Valley, characterized as a principal city of Wine Country. The city is well known for its wineries, restaurants, arts, and culture. It is also home to the famous Restaurant Row, the West End, and the Oxbow District, making it a popular tourist destination in California.

Napa wines earned their fame in the 1976 Judgment of Paris when a panel of French judges voted two as the top white and red, beating out the French competitors. Shockingly, Napa Valley is one of the smallest wine-growing regions in the United States, with only 3.25 percent of all U.S. wines coming from Napa Valley. Most of the city’s wineries are small, family-owned properties, making fewer than 10,000 cases of wine annually.

The city was founded in 1847 and named after a southern Nappan village whose native people shared the area with elk, deer, grizzlies, and cougars for many centuries. Napa is part of the small percentage of the world’s surface covered by an area with a dry, Mediterranean climate. With its rich history of family legacies from as early as the 1800s, Napa has unique architecture. Many famous and older wineries are typically in castle-like structures, giving an actual Victorian age feel within California.


As a small, family-owned community, many residents in Napa may find themselves inheriting vineyards and family-run wineries with their siblings. Like any relationship, the ownership and government of property with family is complicated. Siblings may find each other unagreeable and face decision-making problems regarding their shared real estate. In such situations, a Napa Partition Lawyer can be beneficial.

When situations become tense, and one co-owner wishes to sell their interest in the shared property and move on, contacting a Napa Partition Lawyer to guide you through the process is the right move. There are at least four different ways where a partition action should be considered:

  • Boyfriend-Girlfriend co-ownership of property;
  • Sibling-Sibling co-ownership of property;
  • Parent-Child co-ownership of property;
  • Investor-Investor co-ownership of property;

Code of Civil Procedure section 872.710, subdivision (a), states, “A partition action may be commenced and maintained by any…owner of…such property.” Section 872.710, subdivision (b), states that “partition as to concurrent interests in the property shall be as of right unless barred by a valid waiver.” A Napa Partition Lawyer can help guide the meaning of these laws.

Typically, in a partition action, a court orders that the shared property be sold and the profits split between co-owners equal to their percentage share in the property. However, when a determination of interests cannot be discerned clearly, a knowledgeable Napa Partition Lawyer can be invaluable to the process.

Each situation is unique, having its own complications and hurdles to the process. However, the Napa Partition Lawyers at Underwood Law Firm, P.C. are ready to help facilitate what can be a chaotic, unwanted process.

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