Access to property
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Access to property
a now ex-friend of mine and I own a plane together 50-50. He only wants me
to fly it with him. We had an argument about it and he has now locked the plane
in his hanger and is denying me access. Is my only choice to get a lawyer and
request the plane be sold and proceeds split? He wants to buy it from me for
much less than market value. Can I file a police report to obtain access to half
my property or would the local authorities not be of any use in this instant?
Asked on January 3, 2019 under Real Estate Law, Texas
SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney
Answered 4 years ago | Contributor
No, the police will not help, since this is not a criminal matter (e.g. theft), but rather is a civil matter (a dispute between two people owning an asset): therefore, you have to bring a lawsuit. You could in theory sue for a court order requiring him to allow you to access, use, etc. the plane, but remaining half owner of a plane in a contentious relationship with the other owner will likely lead to continuing disputes or problems; you would be better off getting a court order that it must be sold at market value and the proceeds split.
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