Facts about Eminent Domain

Most people are aware of the fact the private property can be taken for public use. Somehow it makes sense to give up private property for the benefit of hundreds, maybe thousands of other people in the community. However, the situation is very different when unexpectedly you are notified that public bodies have decided to take on your piece of land. Then, all of the sudden, there is need for an eminent domain attorney, in order to shed light on your legal rights and to settle a just compensation for your property.

If you are facing eminent domain, contact one of our eminent domain attorneys  today.

What is eminent domain?

Eminent domain is synonymous with “condemnation” and entails the legal process by which public, as well as certain private bodies have the legal authorization to acquire private property for public use.

Public and private use

Public use of private property may imply the building of:

  • Schools
  • Parking lots
  • Roads
  • Hospitals
  • Libraries
  • Court house

Private use of private property may imply the building of:

  • Utility facilities
  • Railroads
  • Condominiums
  • Redevelopment corporations

Just compensation

Once it has been decided that a private piece of land will be used otherwise under the power of eminent domain, the government will appraise the property. A pro tanto award is then offered based on the appraisal of the property. The property owner has then the option of accepting or rejecting the amount. At this point, it is best to consult an eminent domain lawyer, who can then advise you what amount is acceptable based on the market value of your property.

Hot Topics

  • Civil forfeiture
  • Petition
  • Appraisal
  • Private use
If you are facing eminent domain, contact one of our eminent domain attorneys  today.
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