Condemnation / Eminent Domain Lawyer
Have you received a notice that your land is going to be taken by the government for a public use, such as a highway project? If so, you are legally entitled to receive “just compensation” for the loss of your property. The state has the power to take your property, but it does not have the right to make you accept a lowball offer for your land. Before you accept an offer of compensation, you should talk to an experienced condemnation lawyer to learn about your rights and how we can help you get all of the money you may be owed.
In 2005, the Austin American Statesman reported that in the State Highway 130 project east of Austin, land owners who rejected the state’s offers and took their cases to the special commissioners’ hearing were awarded, on average, 71 percent more money than those who accepted the State’s offers. We recommend that you do not delay in contacting a lawyer to discuss your condemnation case. We offer a free consultation for eminent domain issues.
How a Lawyer Can Help You Get Just Compensation for Your Land
When you get the initial offer from the government, you can accept or reject it. If you reject the offer, it is up to you to present evidence of the market value of the land. The condemning authority may file a lawsuit to take your property. A Special Commissioner’s hearing is held to determine the market value of your property. If you or the condemning authority are not satisfied with the determination, either one or both of you can file objections to the Commissioners’ decision, and the case proceeds toward a court trial, where a Judge or jury will determine your just compensation.
Having an advocate who understands the appraisal process, presentation of evidence, and court procedures and deadlines works to your advantage in eminent domain proceedings. An experienced trial lawyer and tough negotiator like Daniel Ross can help you get all the money you are entitled to for your land.
What is Eminent Domain?
Eminent domain is the power of a governmental agency (or a “condemning authority”) to take real property (land) from an owner for public use as long as the owner is paid just compensation. Condemnation is the process that the condemning authority uses to exercise its power of eminent domain. The terms “Eminent Domain” and “Condemnation” are often used interchangeably.
In Texas, your land might be condemned by the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT), the LCRA (Lower Colorado River Authority), the Army Corps of Engineers, the county, city, municipality or MUD (Municipal Utility District) in which the land is located.
We can assist you with condemnation proceedings for projects such as highway projects, toll roads, airports, light rail lines, the Trans Texas Corridor, right of way purchases.
Ross Law Group generally handles condemnation cases on a contingent fee basis, with our fees being a percentage of the difference between the original offer and the final settlement. You will be responsible for paying costs and expenses, including fees of experts used to prove your claim.
If you have learned that part or all of your land is being taken by the government, whether you have received the initial offer or not, don’t wait to call a condemnation attorney for information and assistance. Contact Ross Law Group today.