The Basics of Eminent Domain

What Is Eminent Domain? Eminent domain is the right of the government to take private property for public use. The right of the federal government to exercise eminent domain is found in the Fifth Amendment of the U.S Constitution, and all 50 states have provisions that allow them to exercise eminent domain in some capacity. … Continue reading “The Basics of Eminent Domain”

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Indiana Lawmakers Considering Bill to Make It More Difficult for Railroads to Exercise Eminent Domain

The Indiana State Legislature is considering a bill that would make it more difficult for railroad companies to use eminent domain to seize private property, according to a report published at NWI.com. Indiana House Bill 1260 would require that railroad companies in the state demonstrate that the proposed taking is for a public use – … Continue reading “Indiana Lawmakers Considering Bill to Make It More Difficult for Railroads to Exercise Eminent Domain”

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How the President’s “Wall” would Affect Landowners

Throughout his campaign, President Trump promised to “build a wall” between the United States and Mexico for immigration control purposes. Just after his inauguration in January, the president signed an executive order to begin construction of said wall, which he claimed would cover the entire 2,000 miles of the international border. However, starting the construction … Continue reading “How the President’s “Wall” would Affect Landowners”

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Settlement Negotiations in an Illinois Eminent Domain Case

The eminent domain cases you read about in the news are often dramatic battles between landowners trying to save their property and companies who are trying to take the property. While some eminent domain cases do go to trial, many are resolved well before that stage. This is because many cases involve successful settlement negotiations … Continue reading “Settlement Negotiations in an Illinois Eminent Domain Case”

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North Carolina House Considering Bill that Would Add Eminent Domain Amendment to Ballot

Under current North Carolina law, the government may use eminent domain to take private property for “public use or benefit,” which sometimes results in  seized land being handed over to private parties. This is consistent with the Supreme Court’s ruling in Kelo v. City of New London, in which it held that “public use” meant economic … Continue reading “North Carolina House Considering Bill that Would Add Eminent Domain Amendment to Ballot”

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Common Reasons for Eminent Domain Actions

You have heard about eminent domain in your town or city but likely never think that it will affect you. Then one day, you receive notice that there is a project being planned that will require the use of all or part of your land to complete. Suddenly, you have to worry about losing your … Continue reading “Common Reasons for Eminent Domain Actions”

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A Look Back at Kentucky’s Pro-Landowner Pipeline Decision

Most eminent domain cases involve a dispute of the value of the land and how much the landowner should be compensated for giving up their property. In many cases, the eminent domain is legally justified and challenging the condemnation action altogether is a serious task. However, it is possible to do and landowners should assert … Continue reading “A Look Back at Kentucky’s Pro-Landowner Pipeline Decision”

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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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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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