EMINENT DOMAIN

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YOUR PROPERTY. YOUR RIGHTS.

Eminent domain is a fundamental power held by the government and some private corporations to acquire private property for public use. Under eminent domain law, the government has the authority to take property for a legitimate public use provided just compensation is paid to the owner. This means property can be acquired for such purposes as to expand a highway or airport, build a school, construct a community park, create a new pipeline route, or to provide enhanced utilities, as long as the taking authority compensates you.

The eminent domain process can be complex and an outright burden on business or property owners. Government entities are required to fairly compensate the property owner. However, you may deserve more than the amount offered. In eminent domain, your compensation is based upon fair market value, an opinion of value that may vary dramatically depending upon the highest and best use of your property and properties considered to be comparable to yours by the appraiser.

When the government or a private corporation seeks to take your property by eminent domain, a knowledgeable legal advocate on your side can offer valuable insight into the procedures and the law. Our eminent domain attorneys will negotiate with condemning authorities on your behalf and, if needed, will take your case to trial to secure the just compensation guaranteed to you by the U.S. Constitution.

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