Homeowner’s Guide to Condemnation: A Primer

Flash back to high school history class: Do you remember the U.S. Constitution’s Takings Clause? We hear a lot about “Pleading the Fifth” (a colloquial term for refusing to answer questions that might self-incriminate a criminal suspect). But also nestled in the Fifth Amendment’s last clause is the government’s potent power of eminent domain: “private … Continue reading “Homeowner’s Guide to Condemnation: A Primer”

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Case Study: Road Project-owners

Road projects surround us. Lane expansions, new exit ramps, updated configurations—change abounds. Especially with so much traffic congestion, it’s no surprise that governments increasingly use their eminent domain powers to acquire private property from landowners. What happens, though, when your town wants to take part or all of your land? The Case of the Haunted … Continue reading “Case Study: Road Project-owners”

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Art Imitates Life: Little Pink House, Based on the Kelo Decision, Opened April 2018

It sounds like an idyllic dream, almost Norman Rockwell-esque. You buy a quaint cottage in a sleepy New England town to start life’s next chapter and raise your children. Then, astonishingly, the rug gets pulled out from underneath: A multibillion-dollar corporation wants to bulldoze your house to make room for a massive project. But it’s … Continue reading “Art Imitates Life: Little Pink House, Based on the Kelo Decision, Opened April 2018”

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Three Things Every Landowner Should Know About Eminent Domain

The words “eminent domain” can strike fear in any landowner’s heart. The concept of a forced sale seems contrary to what we all have learned about ownership and private property our whole lives. Yet this exactly what occurs every time the government exercises the power of eminent domain. Landowners are not without rights, however, including … Continue reading “Three Things Every Landowner Should Know About Eminent Domain”

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Lorain County Landowners Win More than $1 Million in Eminent Domain Lawsuit

When the government (or a party authorized by the government) uses the power of eminent domain to seize privately owned land, it is required to provide the landowner with “just compensation” for the property. Because courts have interpreted the power of eminent domain expansively over the years, most eminent domain disputes are not about whether … Continue reading “Lorain County Landowners Win More than $1 Million in Eminent Domain Lawsuit”

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Eminent Domain for a Good Cause?

When most people think of the concept of “eminent domain,” they may think of a manipulative government and injustice to landowners. However, the condemnation of property does not always bring negative results. In some situations, the public benefits from eminent domain, landowners can negotiate for just compensation, and everyone moves forward. In other situations, government … Continue reading “Eminent Domain for a Good Cause?”

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A Property Owner’s Right to Negotiate

When your city or state wants your property to build a highway or another public works project, you do not simply have to hand over your ownership rights. The law requires that you receive just compensation for any land taken, and the government does not get to simply dictate how much is “just.” Instead, property … Continue reading “A Property Owner’s Right to Negotiate”

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Eminent Domain Can Involve Various Types of Takings

Being involved in an eminent domain case does not mean that the government will come in and tear down your home, leveling your land and turning it into a monstrosity of a shopping complex or a highway. In fact, many eminent domain cases do not involve the complete taking of your land at all. The … Continue reading “Eminent Domain Can Involve Various Types of Takings”

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Eminent Domain: A Beginner’s Guide (Part 3)

In parts 1 & 2 of this 3-part blog series, we discussed eminent domain generally, the public use requirement, the concept of just compensation, how an eminent domain case begins, refusing to sell, and challenging an attempted exercise of eminent domain. Here, we’ll explore a few more concepts, including how much it will cost you … Continue reading “Eminent Domain: A Beginner’s Guide (Part 3)”

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Eminent Domain: A Beginner’s Guide (Part 2)

In the first part of this guide, we discussed the concept of eminent domain generally, the public purpose requirement, and the idea of just compensation. In section two, we’ll discuss some of the more complicated procedural aspects of an eminent domain case as well why it is important for property owners to obtain the representation … Continue reading “Eminent Domain: A Beginner’s Guide (Part 2)”

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COMMERCIAL PROPERTY

What are the unique issues that face commercial property owners in condemnation that can make all the difference?

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POWER & PIPELINES

Landowners forget this one thing when dealing with utility companies that want an easement across their land.

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ROAD & REDEVELOPMENT TAKINGS

What you need to know to be treated fairly by the condemning authority.

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CONTACT US

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