Not sure what eminent domain is? Don’t worry – Luce Law is here to help.
Eminent domain is the power of the government to condemn property for public use, essentially. The government can only acquire private lands if it is reasonably shown that the property is to be used for public purpose only.
But here’s the thing: You absolutely have the right to oppose to the government’s right to take your property. However, absent special circumstances, challenging the government’s right to take a particular property is generally expensive and, ultimately, unsuccessful. In most cases, the best you can hope for is to delay the government’s taking.
Eminent domain and what the government – either federal, state or local – has deemed “public use” has been a hot-button topic for years. While the taking of property in whole to build a highway or in part to help widen a road is largely recognized as standard public use, the condemning of property for redevelopment by private institutions has also been done in the name of eminent domain.
Opposing eminent domain is a hard-fought battle, but don’t let fear or lack of understanding the law keep you from receiving your just compensation or arguing the intended use of the property fails to meet the needs of the public. To better protect your rights as a property owner, follow these guidelines to ensure you understand the process of eminent domain and the resources available to you.
Contact the Experts at Luce Law
Do you have questions about your specific rights under eminent domain? Would you like expert legal assistance in this area? If so, please feel free to contact Luce Law at (972) 346-5170 with your questions or concerns. We’re always happy to offer our help or answer your questions, and we look forward to speaking with you soon!