Contingency Fees & Our Guarantee
At the NC Eminent Domain Law Firm, we work on a contingency fee basis, which 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. We only charge a fee based on what we are able to obtain above what the government initially offered you.
GUARANTEE: Proving your property’s worth can be expensive. It often requires hiring experts and long hours. But we’re so confident in our work that we front all costs and guarantee you’ll pay nothing if we don’t get you more than the government’s offer.
Eminent Domain Attorney Fees: Frequently Asked Questions
Many people are interested in hiring an eminent domain attorney when they first get word that the government is taking their land. A huge concern that (unnecessarily) prevents some property owners from hiring an attorney to advocate for them is the belief that an attorney is unaffordable. Here’s why that’s not true at the NC Eminent Domain Law Firm.
What Are Our Eminent Domain Attorney Fees?
This is the fee you pay your eminent domain attorney if and only if they can get you an increased offer for your property. The fee only applies to the difference between the original government offer and any increase your attorney can negotiate for you. For example:
As you can see in the example, you get to keep the government’s first offer (all of it — minus any mortgages or liens on the property). Then, we negotiate with the government for more. If we’re successful, we take a percentage of that extra amount. If we’re not, you don’t pay any attorney’s fee.*
What if I Don’t Make More Than What the Government Offered?
If we don’t get you more than the government’s offer, we will cover all costs associated with your case. Remember, our fees never come out of the government’s initial deposit. That means if there is no increase, you pay us nothing. On average, our firm has increased the compensation our clients receive by more than 202%* over the NCDOT’s original offer.
How Does the NC Eminent Domain Law Firm Try to Get You More for Your Property?
Your property is your investment – and it deserves to be treated as such, even when you’re forced to sell it to the government. If you want to try to make the most on your investment, an attorney is a smart choice. We are only paid a percentage of anything extra you gain, so it’s in both of our best interests to try and get you as much as possible over and above the government’s offer.
Our experienced eminent domain attorneys are very aware of the types of issues that may make your property more valuable and how to try to prove this value. In general, we’ll develop evidence to try and use as leverage when negotiating with the government. Oftentimes, we do this by hiring experts, such as appraisers, civil engineers, surveyors, and others as necessary. Sound expensive? Fortunately, we take on the financial risk so our clients can fight for maximum compensation with no upfront costs or hourly fees.
Are You Leaving Significant Money on the Table? Get a Free Case Evaluation
Still not sure if we’re the right fit for you? Then try us out – for free! First, we’ll evaluate your case and if we think we might be able to help, here’s what you can receive:
- Our analysis of your property and the government’s plans for it
- An explanation of the legal aspects of the eminent domain process
- A professional evaluation of the government’s offer (if you’ve received one)
All for no cost, with no obligation to hire us afterward. We want to help NC landowners better understand all of their options.
*Each case is different and must be evaluated separately. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. Average based on each case’s increase as of 12/31/20.