Do You Need a North Carolina Land Condemnation Attorney?
You’ve just received a scary letter from the government saying they’ve “condemned” your property and they’re taking the very land you live on. Or you’re a business owner and the government notifies you they’re taking just a piece of your property – the very piece that makes it possible to run your business in the first place.
The good news is that you’re entitled to just compensation for your property. The bad news is that determining exactly what “just” compensation means in any given situation can be tricky. The government, like any other buyer, wants to spend the smallest amount possible to acquire the property.
What is Land Condemnation?
When private land is taken for public use, the legal process is known as condemnation. Condemning authorities can include all levels of government and even certain private utilities and entities. Eminent domain laws grant the government certain rights regarding your property. However, they also protect your rights as a property owner.
What is Inverse Condemnation?
Normally, when the government plans to utilize land condemnation, it will first appraise your property and offer to buy all or part of it from you. If an agreement can’t be reached, the government will then 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, or without filing the correct paperwork at the courthouse. This is known as inverse condemnation.
How Can Land Be Condemned?
The government uses condemnation to take private property and convert it to public use, but they must go through the proper process to do it. Without the power of eminent domain, it would be nearly impossible to build highways, airports, stadiums, parks, and much more. But that’s small comfort if you’re the land or property owner being displaced and disadvantaged.
Fortunately, the power of condemnation is not absolute. The North Carolina Constitution forbids the seizure of property except lawfully and with respect to our rights. Federally, it is limited by the 5th Amendment, which forbids the government from taking property without properly compensating owners.
How Can North Carolina Condemnation Lawyers Help?
You do not have to simply accept the government’s offer, but many land owners are needlessly afraid to take on the government in court. A land condemnation lawyer gives clients a voice when going through the process of condemnation and gives owners the opportunity to question the valuation of their property – always with an eye toward just compensation.
An experienced NC Eminent Domain Law Firm condemnation lawyer may be able to help you fight for rightful compensation for your property.
Why Choose the NC Eminent Domain Law Firm to Fight Your Land Condemnation?
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, you don’t pay us anything. Also, we will evaluate your case for free.
Free Guide to Eminent Domain
Download your free copy of our eminent domain guide to find out what you can do to help protect your rights as a property owner and what steps you should take that may help increase your recovery.
In this free guide to eminent domain, you will learn:
- What eminent domain is
- The eminent domain process
- The appraisal process
- How having a condemnation lawyer can help you
- Frequently asked questions
- Common misconceptions
- Additional resources to better understand the complicated process
Draw on Our Inside Knowledge to Fight the Government
In North Carolina, attorneys with NCDOT experience are few and far between…
We have three.
Stan Abrams, the author of our free guide to eminent domain, worked as an assistant attorney general, where he represented the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) in condemnation litigation throughout the state. That provides him with essential knowledge of the state’s approach to eminent domain takings.
Stan is joined by Jason Campbell and Kevin Mahoney, who also have years of experience in how condemnations work from inside the NCDOT. Jason was the primary attorney on the Department’s largest case ever at that point.
With more than 60 years of combined experience, our three formidable advocates know the ins and outs of land condemnation proceedings – and may be able to use that inside experience to your benefit.
Don’t let the government take your land without a fight. Seek the full compensation that you may deserve and protect your rights under the law. Contact us at 1-877-393-4990 or through our contact form.