The Lis Pendens in Real Estate Litigation

In California real estate litigation the lis pendens can be worse than the actual lawsuit that accompanies it. The lis pendens—or Notice of Pending Action—is sometimes used by less than scrupulous lawyers and litigants to stop a sale or frustrate a refinance as leverage to force a settlement. Although a lis pendens can be removed (“expunged”), it takes time and money. Here is an overview of the lis pendens law in California and what to do when a lis pendens is recorded against your property.

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