Eminent Domain and Property Rights Litigation
Eminent Domain is the power of the government to take or condemn a property for public use, without the landowner’s consent, upon paying just compensation. The Federal and State constitutions grant the federal and state governments the right to exercise its power of eminent domain and guarantee property owners just compensation for condemnation actions. Just as the government has the right to exercise eminent domain, you have the right to receive just compensation.
The compensation you are entitled to may include:
v The Fair Market Value of the land taken;
v Compensation for damage to land adjoining the land taken;
v The value of any improvements on the property, such as fixtures and equipment;
v Business losses suffered as a result of the condemnation;
v Costs to relocate;
v Damages resulting from an excessive delay or unreasonable conduct by the government;
v Appraisal fees, costs associated with the condemnation, attorneys’ fees.
When faced with a condemnation action, you need an attorney with experience in protecting landowners’ rights. We offer proven ligation experience focused on defending private landowners in actions such as:
v eminent domain
v inverse condemnation
v regulatory takings claims
v property rights litigation
v complex real estate valuation matters.
If you have been notified that your property may be the subject of an eminent domain proceeding, you need experienced legal representation to guide you through the process and make sure you are receiving the compensation you deserve. Typically, a property owner whose property will be affected by an eminent domain action will first be contacted by an agency seeking to negotiate the purchase of the property. It is crucial that you seek legal representation as soon as notified that your property may be affected by a condemnation action.
For more information, please contact our office today at 912-638-5200.