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CALIFORNIA EMINENT DOMAIN ATTORNEYS

Eminent Domain & Condemnation Attorneys in California

At Sever Storey, our mission is to hold condemners, whether they be state, federal, local, or utility, accountable to the landowners whose land they are acquiring. Our entire firm is built around serving you, the landowner who is facing eminent domain or condemnation.

Don’t let fear keep you from getting what is rightfully yours. Our eminent domain attorneys in California will support you in your fight to get full compensation and fair treatment in your eminent domain case.

What Is Eminent Domain Law in California?

In California, eminent domain refers to the government’s right to take away private land and use it for a public purpose, such as building highways, parks, or schools. When the government takes the deed for the land, it is known as condemnation.

This process is not always straightforward, with the government sometimes taking land for questionable reasons. In this case, landowners may be taken advantage of because they don't fully understand their rights.

What Should Landowners Do After Receiving an Eminent Domain Notice in California?

Getting notice of eminent domain in California can be terrifying. You may be caught off guard and feel like you have nowhere to turn for help. At this point, it’s crucial to turn to the experts so you can take quick action and ensure the best possible outcome in your case.

1. Hire an Eminent Domain Attorney in California

An eminent domain attorney specializes in taking on the government and fighting for landowner rights. Make sure you have an experienced attorney to help you through this process from the very beginning.

2. Learn About Landowner Rights

Reading about landowner rights from books and the internet will only get you so far. Turn to your attorney to get the facts about landowner rights in the case of eminent domain. Understanding these rights will be key to your success in going up against the government.

3. Negotiate with the Government (via Your Lawyer)

Fighting the government on your own is a losing battle. You’ve hired your lawyer to negotiate and handle litigation on your behalf, so let them do their job and work to get you the best possible outcome for your situation.

4. Resolve the Eminent Domain Case

Most eminent domain cases are resolved through mediation before they go to court. Your attorney will help you know when it is best to accept or reject a settlement offer from the government.

How Sever Storey Can Help You

Sever Storey supports landowners during the most trying times. If the government is taking your land, get in touch with our team to find out how we can help. Our attorneys have helped countless landowners across America get greater compensation and fair treatment during the condemnation process. Find an attorney near you today.

FAQs

Eminent Domain Just Compensation in California

As a landowner, you are entitled to just compensation in exchange for your land. This means the government should pay you at least the market rate for your land. After all, if you haven’t tried to sell the land yourself, it’s probably worth more to you than the market value. Your attorney and appraiser will ensure you are receiving fair compensation from the government for your land.

Eminent Domain Relocation Costs in California

Moving your home, business, or retail location to new land will cost money, and the government should pay you the cash to cover these costs. Yet, in many cases, the relocation costs are not adequate or are not even considered in the government’s initial offer. Again, your attorney will work to make sure you receive generous relocation compensation.

What Are the Limits of Eminent Domain in California?

Keep in mind, the government must adhere to specific laws when it comes to eminent domain in California. Your attorney knows the nuances of these laws and will use them in your favor if the government makes any missteps. Federal law requires the government to:

-Notify you of condemnation
-Have a justified reason for taking the land
-Provide just compensation
-Negotiate the initial offer (if the landowner chooses to do so)
-Place a deposit with the Court before entering the property

How Long Do Eminent Domain Cases Take in California?

The timeline of eminent domain cases varies greatly in California. Some may be quickly resolved, while others could drag on for years.

This all depends on the type of land being seized, the reason for taking the land, and how the landowner responds to the initial offer. Some cases may require litigation, and others may not. All of these factors could prolong the duration of the eminent domain case.

Can Eminent Domain in California Be Stopped?

Unfortunately, most eminent domain can’t be stopped completely. However, it is not impossible. Stopping eminent domain requires an experienced eminent domain attorney in California—one who can prove the government did not follow the law in some respect to eminent domain. However, in most cases, an attorney will focus on helping the landowner gain greater compensation.

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