Your Ally In Condemnation And Eminent Domain Cases
Condemnation and Eminent Domain Law grants the government power to take private property, either partially or in its entirety, for public purposes. Those purposes most commonly include transportation and public utilities. When condemnation occurs, property owners are due just compensation. Settlements often include fair compensation for the property, moving expenses, engineering fees, appraisal fees and attorney’s fees in certain situations.
With offices in St. Cloud and Monticello, the Condemnation and Eminent Domain Practice Group at Quinlivan & Hughes, P.A., has a long history of representing individuals whose property has been taken for public use. We have appeared before commissioner hearings and juries and work closely with real estate experts in obtaining the highest possible recoveries for our clients.
Protect Your Rights With An Experienced Attorney
Unfortunately, the determination of the damages owed to property owners is subjective. Whether the government plans to take all or only a portion of your property, here are some things to keep in mind:
- The addition of an unsightly powerline pole or the loss of a freeway tree buffer could impact the value of your property significantly.
- The government’s assessment of your property value is subjective.
- Budget restrictions may affect the amount of money the government offers for your property.
- An independent appraisal is essential to ensure you receive fair compensation.
It is important to remember that your best interest and the interest of the government may conflict. If the government offer price is significantly lower than your independent appraisal, you should protect your property investment and hire a reputable eminent domain attorney.
How Are Eminent Domain Attorneys Paid?
Eminent Domain Attorneys receive payment two ways, hourly or on a contingency basis. If you decide to pay hourly, you will pay the attorney only for the time he works on your file. If you choose to pay on a contingency basis, you will only pay your attorney a percentage of the final award, and nothing until that occurs. Individual circumstances may find either option a better choice.
Secure Quality Legal Counsel To Protect Your Investment
If you are at risk of losing your property due to condemnation or eminent domain, discuss your options with a member of our legal team. Contact our St. Cloud or Monticello office by calling 320-200-4928 or by completing our online intake form to schedule your initial consultation.