My brother and I are joint owners of a cabin in the mountains in Arizona. Almost a year ago, he filed a partition action of the property. Initially he retained a realty company to sell the property, but the company pulled out after a couple of months. Now for almost 10 months, my brother has done nothing to sell the property other than to place two small For Sale by Owner signs on it. My question is: Can a partition action lapse due to such inactivity? Alternately, can the court that approved the partition action be petitioned to “move things along”?
The rules for how courts handle their caseloads vary widely from one
court to another. Generally, though, there is some way to, as you say,
move things along. Your attorney should be able to do this without too much difficulty. You should be prepared, however, to shoulder some of the work that your brother isn’t doing. Courts aren’t real estate agents, so one or the
other of the owners has to hire one.