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We may be able to reduce the impact of an eminent domain taking on your commercial property in North Carolina and pursue max compensation, but don’t delay.

Reducing the Impact of Eminent Domain Condemnation on Your North Carolina Commercial Property

If your commercial property is set to be taken by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (“NCDOT”) for eminent domain, you can and should seek fair value compensation. Unfortunately, successfully fighting the taking itself is rare. But if you act quickly, an experienced attorney can pursue all the compensation you may be entitled to – and may be able to significantly reduce the impact of the project on your land.

Fast food restaurants, shopping centers & gas stations can all be affected by eminent domain.

If your attorney begins discussions with the government early enough in the process, the NCDOT may negotiate and make concessions on issues such as:

  • Adjusting an easement to accommodate your drive-through
  • Altering construction plans to avoid destruction of your marquee sign
  • Ensuring construction doesn’t interfere with truck access
  • Ensuring construction doesn’t interfere with customer access
  • And more

Trying to get the government to alter their plans isn’t easy, but it can save your business.

We know how to negotiate with the DOT for alternative solutions because we are led by four attorneys who used to work for them, handling some of their biggest cases. Now, our attorneys help private commercial and residential landowners try to emerge from the eminent domain condemnation process in the best possible position, with the greatest possible compensation.

A free evaluation of your case can save you a lot of time, money, and stress! Call us at 1-877-393-4990 or contact us online today.

Adjustments to an eminent domain condemnation project can reduce the impact on your property

Trying to prevent an eminent domain taking from occurring is almost certainly a fruitless task. Yes, you can fight an eminent domain taking, but the odds of success are quite low and the bar you must reach to do so is high.

When the NCDOT announces a project, it’s still possible to make refinements to their plans. This is a window of opportunity for you and your attorney. Then, once the plans are finalized, you begin negotiating for full and fair compensation.

We have successfully helped many commercial property owners negotiate for highly beneficial alterations to the NCDOT’s project plans, and we may be able to help you, too.1

Rolls of blueprint plans on a table.

Commercial land easement negotiations with the NCDOT: How we can help

Sometimes, the government doesn’t want to take your property entirely – they want you to own it while they get to access all or part of it. But just a small easement can have massive negative effects on your commercial property. For example, the NCDOT told one of our clients, Ferondo Moore, that they needed a “small” easement on his land that wouldn’t impact his business much.

If it was only after Mr. Moore called us that he realized “what the state was showing me was not what they were taking. It was the complete opposite!” We fought for him and got him 10x more than the government’s initial offer for the easement they wanted.1

You are generally entitled to compensation for the damage the easement may do to your property, including relocation expenses if needed. But what if a small alteration or edit to the DOT’s plans could prevent much of the damage to your business in the first place? We know who to talk to and where the DOT may have the flexibility to negotiate plan changes.

At the NC Eminent Domain Law Firm, we don’t charge any hourly fees, so you can hire us as soon as possible without paying a penny more. Guaranteed. The most successful negotiations are often the ones that begin the soonest!1

Examples of how we’ve helped commercial owners reduce a project’s impact

We’ve had many victories for clients in reducing the impact of a project on their business,1 including:

  • We were able to get the easements around a fast-food restaurant adjusted so the drive-through could stay open.
  • We helped an auto repair shop avoid closure by working with the DOT to adjust the median widths so tow trucks could still get into the property.
  • We’ve convinced the NCDOT to adjust many easements to allow businesses to keep their primary signs in place.
  • In many instances, we’ve worked to have the driveway entrance to a business made wider or its location shifted to a more beneficial location so that the businesses could continue to operate and attract customers.

Those are just a few examples. Many times, we’ve reached agreements with the DOT, after lengthy research and tough negotiations, to shift permanent right-of-way takings, permanent easements, and temporary easements so that our client businesses didn’t have to replace their marquee signs.1 I don’t have to tell you how important the placement of a marquee sign is.

The list goes on. We’ve successfully fought for improvements like fencing, landscaping, and parking spaces to be allowed to remain in place. In some instances, we’ve even been able to negotiate and adjust planned relocations or closures of driveway entrances and fast food drive-through lanes.1

Once plans are finalized, we fight for maximum compensation on your behalf

Hopefully, you’ve contacted us ASAP and we were able to leverage our network of land experts, such as land-use planners, surveyors, appraisers, and engineers, to negotiate changes to the DOT’s plans and reduce the impact of their project on your commercial property. Now, the fight for maximum compensation begins – and the DOT, like any negotiating entity, wants to pay you as little as possible. Their first offer is often far too low.

That’s where we come in. We’re defending your best interests and know how to aggressively pursue greater compensation for you. In commercial real estate, the compensation you may receive can be the difference between going out of business and the opportunity to rebuild it.

Since we’ve been in business, we’ve helped our clients get on average nearly 3x their initial offer from the DOT!1

Free case evaluation – experienced North Carolina eminent domain lawyers

We’ve helped many commercial clients reduce the impact of condemnation on their businesses, and we may be able to help you, too.1

We know who to talk to at the DOT, what matters to them, and how to negotiate in your best interests. Four of our leading attorneys used to represent the NCDOT, handling some of their biggest cases. Now, we use that experience and inside knowledge to try to put our clients facing eminent domain in the best position possible – and fight for maximum compensation.

Contact our experienced eminent domain lawyers as soon as you think your property may be harmed by an NCDOT project. Claim evaluations are free, and hiring us sooner won’t cost you a penny more. In fact, you pay nothing upfront, no hourly fee, and no attorney’s fee at all if we don’t increase your compensation from the government. Guaranteed.

No fee guarantee, meaning that legal fees will come out of the additional negotiated portion of total compensation received.

Call 1-877-393-4990 or contact us online today to see how we can 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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