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Persuasive Legal Letter to Co-Owners of Jointly Owned Property (Warns of Partition)

Of all the letters I’ve drafted, this one may be the most effective.

I usually charge clients $500 – $750 to draft a letter like this.

(I guess that’s why everyone hates lawyers.)

Hoping to become slightly less hated, I decided to create the best-ever version of my letter and offer it at a fraction of the cost.

Along with the letter template, I created a guided workflow with instructions, so that you can draft your own letter in an automated fashion.

Any co-owner of jointly owned property can motivate a sale or a buyout by using this powerful letter, which gives co-owners one last chance to cooperate before you file a partition action.

(Versions available for all US States.)

Try it out first.

Test the guided workflow before making a purchase. If you see the value, instantly download the letter for $179.00.

Clean up the co-ownership mess.

It’s not that you hate your co-owners. But the co-ownership situation needs to end.

All kinds of problems can arise from joint ownership:

  • You can’t cash out because someone refuses to sell
  • You have credit damage or financial liability
  • You don’t want a foreclosure on your record
  • Your co-owners aren’t pulling their weight
  • You’re struggling to prevent a sale

And the list goes on.

The longer it goes on, the more stressful it becomes. You’re trapped in a financially damaging situation, and you feel responsible for solving it. But without cooperation and some legal traction, you’re struggling to bring about a quick resolution.

Avoid the gloomy (and expensive) courtroom if possible.

I once represented a client who thought a partition action was likely the only way forward. He was ready to file suit. Filing a partition action certainly forces the issue, but it also causes major delays, expenses, and it can ultimately reduce the property value.

If the partition action is contested, attorney fees can exceed $20,000 or $30,000 before you blink! Not only that, the forced sale process usually results in a lower sales price for the property, causing further financial loss. A voluntary solution can prevent that loss completely.

Thankfully, my client agreed to send a persuasive letter to his co-owners before filing suit. The other attorney reviewed my letter and advised her clients to proceed with a voluntary solution, because the letter explained my client’s partition rights so clearly.

So, before trudging to the courtroom, send a detailed and persuasive legal letter to your co-owners, including a legal citation to establish your partition rights. This letter should warn them (with legal citation) that if you cannot reach a voluntary solution, you will file a partition action.

When I send letters like this on behalf of clients, the co-owners often come to their senses and reach a voluntary solution. This saves everyone the time, money, and emotional rollercoaster of a partition lawsuit.

Use your letter to leverage a voluntary sale or buyout.

Your letter will warn your co-owners that they must agree to either a voluntary sale or a buyout in order to avoid a partition lawsuit.  With a legal citation to create leverage, the letter explains that there are three ways to terminate the co-ownership relationship: a voluntary sale, a buyout, or a partition lawsuit.

Voluntary Sale

All of the co-owners can agree to sell the property and divide the money. This is the cleanest and simplest way to terminate co-ownership. No more shared liability, frozen investments, or conflict among co-owners. All of the problems are replaced with a nice clean check for each owner, and everyone goes home happy.

(If your co-owners agree to a voluntary sale after receiving your letter, you can use my automated Voluntary Sale Agreement to lock that agreement down in writing.)

Buyout Agreement

Sometimes, one of the co-owners will not agree to a sale because they want to keep the property for sentimental or financial reasons. In this case, you can use a buyout agreement to transfer ownership to the co-owner wishing to keep the property. (Or, you can buy out your co-owners and then sell the property yourself.) A “buyout” simply means that one co-owner purchases the ownership of another co-owner, thereby consolidating ownership and ending the co-ownership relationship.

Your letter to your co-owners will explain that these two options are superior to a partition action. When faced with this ultimatum, most co-owners will come to the table and work toward a voluntary sale or buyout.

(If your co-owners agree to a buyout after receiving your letter, you can use my automated Buyout Agreement to lock that agreement down in writing.)

In most cases, your ownership interest in the property is worth more than $10,000 or even more than $100,000. To avoid loosing a large percentage of that value to attorney fees or a low sale price at auction, you should do everything in your power to motivate your co-owners toward a voluntary solution.

What is included when you purchase this letter?

  • Our guided questionnaire (with instructions) to create your letter
  • Instantly download in Word and edit as necessary
  • OR, skip the questions and download the Word template
  • The letter is 3-4 pages, single spaced at 12 point font
  • Versions available for all US States (use the guided interview to select a state and automatically populate the state specific citation).

Try it out first.

Test the guided workflow before making a purchase. If you see the value, instantly download the letter for $179.00.


Although this document and questionnaire were prepared by a real estate attorney, they are NOT the same as hiring an attorney or obtaining legal advice. In some cases, you should hire an attorney. That is 100% your decision. For more on the difference between a legal product and a legal service, see our terms & conditions. When you purchase this letter, you do not have an attorney-client relationship with our firm. You are buying a DIY product, not hiring an attorney.

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