When the government comes knocking on your door to tell you that it wants your land, it is not asking you to sell. It is telling you what you will sell and when you will sell it. Whether or not it will inconvenience you or shut down your business completely, you have little choice and limited remedies. And although the agent who contacts you may sound like he or she wants to be your best friend, they will tell you only what helps them get you to sell for the lowest possible amount.
When you hear “I’m from the government so you can trust me,” you need a lawyer.
And the ability to take your land through eminent domain (condemnation) is not limited to the government. By law, numerous businesses that are public utilities also have that ability. With the expansion of gas exploration in our area, there has been a corresponding increase in the use of eminent domain to acquire land for pipelines.
Our attorneys have many years of experience in representing landowners in condemnation cases. You have a right to be fully compensated for the land taken and the losses that result from that taking. We have an excellent track record of achieving condemnation agreements and awards structured to assist our clients and their business needs as well as recovering substantially more for the property taken.