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Hello, I lease and manage an equestrian facility in Carmel

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I lease and manage an equestrian facility in Carmel Valley, Calif. We have 30 or so horses which board here, as well as training and breeding. Three years ago an old friend left her horse here, and so far she has refused to pay the upkeep. Excluding the work and care involved, the bill totals about $7500.

I plan to file in small claims court, but my concern is the disposition of the horse. Given that it is her legal property, and she has abandoned the animal, do I have a legal right to either sell or give away the animal without her permission.

She is an oil heiress and money is not really the issue. Obviously something off with her.
Submitted: 4 years ago.
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Expert:  Lawdoctor replied 4 years ago.

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I would do as you plan and file your court case. You can include in the complaint or petition that the title or ownership of the horse be transferred to you as damages. You will also want to file a personal property lien on the horse with the Secretary of State once you have a judgment against her.


Once you have the judgment, you can file a Notice of Judgment Lien with the Secretary of State. Information and a link to the form is here:


I would recommend you hire an attorney to assist you since she has assets you can seize for the judgment in addition to the horse. You should be able to get your attorney's fees and costs as part of your damages.


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