When can the Government Take Your Land?

When you purchase a home, a farm, a business, or any other type of land, you rightfully should believe that you own that land and no one can simply come and take it away from you. For this reason, many landowners are shocked to learn that the government is trying to take their land away … Continue reading “When can the Government Take Your Land?”

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What Is a Utility Easement?

When you think of eminent domain, you may initially think of the government seizing your entire property, causing you to have to relocate your home or business entirely. However, many eminent domain cases do not completely displace property owners but instead affect a part of their land. This is common with utility companies, which may … Continue reading “What Is a Utility Easement?”

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Should You Agree to a “Kitchen Table Meeting” with the Government?

Government agencies are supposed to exist to serve the public. Therefore, it is only natural that you would expect the government had your best interest in mind when it was involved in a large highway or construction project. Unfortunately, many large projects require the government to obtain private lands to make way for construction or … Continue reading “Should You Agree to a “Kitchen Table Meeting” with the Government?”

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Pre-condemnation Right to Entry

Before a major utility, government, or commercial project, engineers and surveyors may want to come onto the land of any properties that may be affected by the project for budget and calendar planning as well as feasibility determinations. The question that most landowners face is: do public agencies have the right to come onto your … Continue reading “Pre-condemnation Right to Entry”

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The Role of Eminent Domain in the Dakota Access Pipeline Conflict

The Dakota Access Pipeline has been a hot topic in the news recently. Over 1,000 people are part of the North Dakota encampment that is protesting the pipeline. The proposed pipeline has many legal implications and the controversy has already been to court once. To recap, the Dakota Access Pipeline is a planned pipeline that … Continue reading “The Role of Eminent Domain in the Dakota Access Pipeline Conflict”

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HOW CAN AN EMINENT DOMAIN LAWYER HELP LANDOWNERS?

When the government is trying to take your part or all of your land through eminent domain powers, you can feel very helpless. It is important to remember that you do not have to face this process alone and that there are many ways in which an experienced condemnation attorney can assist you, provide peace … Continue reading “HOW CAN AN EMINENT DOMAIN LAWYER HELP LANDOWNERS?”

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OHIO CITY PROPOSES USING EMINENT DOMAIN FOR NEW WATER TOWER

A fairly unique situation in an Ohio city is drawing attention to the use of eminent domain to take private property for a public purpose. Eminent domain1 is the power of the government (and private entities, in some cases) to take private property and use it for a public purpose. Common uses of land taken … Continue reading “OHIO CITY PROPOSES USING EMINENT DOMAIN FOR NEW WATER TOWER”

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Do You Need a Lawyer Before an Eminent Domain Case is Filed?

Many cases implicating the use of eminent domain1 never go to court. Generally speaking, what happens is that a representative of a government agency or a private party that is authorized to use eminent domain approaches a homeowner and makes an offer to purchase the property in question. While it is possible to challenge the … Continue reading “Do You Need a Lawyer Before an Eminent Domain Case is Filed?”

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Alternative Dispute Resolution Can Help in Eminent Domain Cases

For many landowners facing the threat of eminent domain, it can feel personal. We hear all the time that our clients have lived on their land for years going back generations, that the land was bought with a significant amount money, and that our clients envisioned remaining landowners for years to come. Eminent domain, which … Continue reading “Alternative Dispute Resolution Can Help in Eminent Domain Cases”

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Illinois Landowners Lose Final Legal Battle With Township

A landowner couple in northern Illinois has run out of legal options in their fight against eminent domain.1 A water reclamation district now will be able to put a sewer line on the couple’s property in Winnebago, Illinois. The water project will close down a 1950s-era sewage treatment plant, and the district will send its … Continue reading “Illinois Landowners Lose Final Legal Battle With Township”

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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

Before going alone against the State let us give you our opinion. It is our pledge that we will provide a free case review for any individual or business facing eminent domain or condemnation. Contact us now at 888-318-3761

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