North Carolina Condemnation Lawyers
Condemnation is a powerful word. It stands for the primacy of government over individuals, empowering the state to take private property and convert it to public use.
Without the power of eminent domain, it would be impossible to build highways, airports, stadiums, parks and much more. The problem is that the government, just like any other buyer, wants to spend the smallest amount possible to acquire the property.
The power of condemnation is not absolute. It is limited by the Fifth Amendment, which forbids deprivation of property without due process and just compensation. Likewise, the North Carolina Constitution forbids the seizure of property except lawfully and with respect of our rights.
Statewide Inverse Condemnation Attorneys
Normally, when the government condemns your land, it will appraise your property and offer to buy all or part of it from you. Then it will file paperwork at the county courthouse that serves as an involuntary deed transferring all or part of your property to the government. But sometimes, the government takes your property without telling you, without appraising it, without offering to buy it, and without filing the correct paperwork at the courthouse. This is known as an inverse condemnation.
If the government starts flooding your property, storing stuff on your property, building a road or a utility line on your property, or subjects your property to so much regulation that it loses all practical value, it has taken your property by inverse condemnation.
Representing Your Interests In Condemnation Proceedings
At the NC Eminent Domain Law Firm, with offices in 15 cities, our mission is to give our clients a voice when going through the process of condemnation and give owners the opportunity to question the valuation of their property, always with an eye toward just compensation.
Our firm works for you on a contingency fee basis. This means that if we don’t get you any additional compensation over what the government offered you for your property, we don’t recover an attorney’s fee.
An experienced NC Eminent Domain Law Firm lawyer may be able to help you fight for the rightful compensation for your property.