The Process of Eminent Domain

The process of eminent domain can be difficult and complex. Do you need an attorney with inside experience to show you the way?

Eminent Domain Process Explained

Eminent domain is the power which the government or authorized entity uses to take your private property. It’s also known as “condemnation” or “land condemnation.” The eminent domain power in America comes from the Fifth Amendment of the US Constitution, and the North Carolina Constitution also permits it through NC General Statutes 40A & 136.

You can divide the process of eminent domain into two elements: taking and compensation.

What is the Typical Process

Eminent domain process: Taking

The government does not take – or authorize the taking of – your property on a whim. Before you’re ever likely aware that your property is targeted, there are many steps that must be taken before the government can take it.

Eminent domain process: Compensation

This second part of the eminent domain process is all about you getting the fairest possible compensation for your property. As is often the case, this also involves rules, deadlines, and a few moving parts. You have the opportunity to try to increase the offer, but there are many ways you can damage that opportunity (or lose it altogether).

Find out how we may be able to help you!

If you have been notified that the government wants to take your property, contact the NC Eminent Domain Law Firm to find out if one of our qualified North Carolina eminent domain lawyers may be able to help you.

Get a free case
evaluation today.

There are only a handful of attorneys in NC who practice eminent domain exclusively, and even fewer with NCDOT experience. We have several. That’s why its worth getting in touch with us for a free case evaluation.

Here’s how it works:

1) Tell us about your situation.

2) We research your property as needed, using DOT maps, our own technology, and experience to see the exact effects.

3) We let you know what we think a fair offer would be. This evaluation is free, and there’s no
pressure or obligation to hire us after.

But please don’t wait to act. Waiting can hurt your case, and the cost is the same: free.

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