California Code of Civil Procedure 873.690 is the California partition statute that states who is ineligible to purchase the subject property in a partition action:

(a) The following persons shall not purchase property sold in the action directly or indirectly:

(1) The referee.
(2) The attorney of a party.
(3) The guardian or conservator of a party, unless for the benefit of the ward or conservatee.

(b) All sales contrary to this section are void except that a sale to a bona fide purchaser following a sale contrary to this section shall not be disturbed.

California Code of Civil Procedure 873.930

The 1976 Law Revision Comments add that: “Because the parties listed in this section may not purchase the property ‘directly or indirectly,’ neither they nor persons for their behalf may purchase the property… It should be noted that Section 873.690 precludes the listed parties only in partition sales. Sales made to enforce the lien of a referee, attorney, or guardian ad litem imposed under this title are sales in which those persons may be interested and may participate.”

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