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02/13/2020 – What to do when you find out that your property may be condemned by the power of eminent domain

February 13, 2020 9:30 pm
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  1. Call us right away.
    1. There is no risk:
      1. If there is no condemnation, there is no fee.
      2. If there is a condemnation, then the government must pay our fees.
      3. We have long standing relationships with highly qualified eminent domain consultants and experts such as appraisers, land use experts, and engineers. They will work on your case and accept the fees paid by the taking authority at the end of the case. You have no obligation to pay them.
    2. We will monitor the project and keep you informed.
    3. We will advise you if there is anything you need to do before the condemnation.
  2. The government cannot take your property unless it makes what is called a “First Written Offer”. This offer must be based on a valid appraisal and the government must give you a copy of that appraisal.
    1. This is when we start to do our work in earnest.
    2. We will retain (at no risk to you) all the experts needed to get you Full Compensation.
    3. We will have a meeting in our office or wherever it is convenient to establish how we should proceed to maximize your compensation.
    4. Depending upon the difference between the government’s offer and what we believe the property is worth, we will try to settle in a pre-suit agreement, seek to settle at mediation which will be required by the court, and if need be, we will try the case.

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