How Much Does Hiring an Eminent Domain Attorney Cost?
Thinking about enlisting an eminent domain attorney to help you try to maximize the offer you receive from the government for your land?
Well, good for you. We think that's a smart move. And here's why:
Because the goal of an eminent domain attorney should be to put MORE money in your pocket than they take out.
We know what you're thinking, "Where's the catch?"
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You may have heard about contingency fee arrangements from other types of attorneys - that's when a lawyer only charges you an attorney's fee when they're able to get compensation for you. It's the "we get paid, when you get paid" deal.
Typically the contingency fee for an eminent domain lawyer is somewhere around one-third of the additional amount you receive.
If you're looking for an eminent domain attorney, we recommend trying to find one that works on a contingency fee basis, so you don't have to pay by the hour for their services.
Those hours can be very costly and often add up quickly in a long drawn-out process like eminent domain - plus you run the risk of paying those hours for no results at all. On a contingency fee basis, you have no upfront costs and you're not responsible for paying an attorney's fee in the event that they aren't successful.
After all, you're already going to get paid for your land. Why would you want to give up a piece of that to an eminent domain attorney?
Well, what if you could collect the offer the government gives you, without technically accepting it - and then let an eminent domain attorney try to get you even more money for your property?
You actually can.
The Second Check System
At the NC Eminent Domain Law Firm, we employ what we call "The Second Check System." Basically it works like this:
- You don't accept the government's offer
If at any point in the eminent domain process you accept the government's offer, your ability to negotiate for more will almost always be lost. A qualified attorney can help you avoid accidentally settling.
- They deposit the offer anyway
In North Carolina, if you don't accept the government's offer for your land, they will just deposit it with the county clerk and take your land anyway.
- You collect the offer
There is a way for you to collect this deposit without formally accepting it and thereby settling the entire case. We recommend that you consult your land condemnation attorney for more information on how to do this.
- Your eminent domain attorney negotiates for more
After your first offer is collected, you then have almost no risk involved when your eminent domain attorney begins negotiations to try to maximize your compensation.At our firm, this "second check" is the check that our fees will come out of - meaning you get to keep everything else. And if we aren't able to get you any additional compensation, we don't collect an attorney's fee.
Need an NC land condemnation attorney?
At the NC Eminent Domain Law Firm, we can guide you through the process from start to finish - and it doesn't affect the amount of fees you will incur. The sooner you hire an eminent domain attorney, the sooner they can start protecting your rights.
Call us today for a free, no-obligation case evaluation to get started - 1-877-393-4990.