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Lezine v. Security Pacific Financial Services, Inc.

Supreme Court of California
925 P.2d 1002 (1996)


Facts

Gloria Lezine (plaintiff) was married to Henry Lezine when Henry forged Gloria’s name onto a quitclaim deed of their community-property home without Gloria’s knowledge or consent. In exchange for this, Henry took out a large loan for his personal use, providing a security interest in the home to the lender, Security Pacific Financial Services (Security Pacific) (defendant). Gloria learned of Henry’s actions, filed for divorce, and also sought to have the security-interest transfer voided. The trial court voided the security-interest transfer but, at the same time, awarded Security Pacific a judgment against Henry for the amount of the security interest. Security Pacific recorded a judgment abstract in the county in which the community home was located. The trial court subsequently ruled that the judgment abstract would not be a lien on the community-property home. Security Pacific appealed the trial court’s ruling on the grounds that the ruling was beyond the authority of the trial court. The Court of Appeal reversed. Gloria appealed the ruling of the Court of Appeal.

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