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Iowa Eminent Domain Attorneys

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Eminent Domain & Condemnation Attorneys - Iowa

Our eminent domain attorneys in Iowa work hard to serve the needs of all landowners who are dealing with condemnation and eminent domain. We know the nuances of this situation and have the expertise to ensure the best possible outcome for your case, no matter who the condemnor is.

What is Eminent Domain Law in Iowa?

Eminent domain in Iowa is when a state, local, federal, or utility group takes away the property of a landowner for a public purpose. Keep in mind, however, eminent domain is the right to take the land, while condemnation refers to the actual taking of the land. Any private land can be condemned, including retail space, farmland, a private home, and more.

What Should Landowners Do After Receiving An Eminent Domain Notice in Iowa?

Did an eminent domain notice or offer just come in the mail? You’re probably feeling shocked and helpless—but try not to panic. Know that a team of eminent domain attorneys in Iowa is ready to serve you.

Here’s what to do once you get that notice:

 1. Hire a lawyer: A qualified, experienced, eminent domain lawyer in Iowa should have the skills and expertise to handle your case. Act quickly and contact an attorney who can walk you through the whole process with confidence.

 2. Educate yourself: Your attorney will explain everything you need to know about the condemnation process. Knowing your rights will allow you to judge your case appropriately and determine how to proceed.

 3. Let your lawyer negotiate: Don’t go up against the condemnor alone—your attorney should provide you with the best chance of getting you better results.

Eminent Domain Just Compensation in Iowa

If your land is being taken by a government or other condemnor, you’re entitled to fair monetary compensation for this property. This ex-amount is known as “just compensation.” In theory, the money you get from your condemnor should be equal to the market value of the property. But unfortunately, many condemnors take advantage of the landowner and do not give them the money they deserve. A qualified eminent domain lawyer and, if necessary, an appraiser can ensure you receive adequate compensation for this seizure.

Eminent Domain Relocation Costs

If an acquisition will result in the relocation of a business or residence, per Iowa law, the landowner is not only entitled to the value of the property but also the cost associated with relocation of the house or company. An experienced lawyer should assist you in recovering not only the compensation for the property but also the money necessary to re-establish your business or home.

What Are The Limits of Eminent Domain in Iowa?

As a landowner facing eminent domain, you may feel like you have no power against your condemnor. However, there are limits to eminent domain in Iowa.
Your condemnor must stay within the bounds of the state’s eminent domain laws. This means they are required to:

- Issue proper notice of a pending eminent domain acquisition and/or lawsuit
- Provide just compensation
- Negotiate with the landowner prior to initiating litigation

How Long Do Eminent Domain Cases Take in Iowa?

It’s difficult to predict the exact timeline for any given eminent domain case in Iowa. The time frame depends on elements like the nature of the case, the type of land being condemned, whether the case requires litigation, and more.

Cases that do not need litigation generally can be resolved in a few months; while complex cases that require litigation can last a year or more.

Can Eminent Domain in Iowa Be Stopped?

It’s very rare for eminent domain to be stopped completely. In order for this to happen, an eminent domain attorney in Iowa would need to prove that the condemnor has not obeyed the laws of the state. In most cases, the attorney helps the landowner receive more generous compensation and benefits.

How Sever Storey Can Help You

As a landowner in Iowa, you deserve to have an expert by your side as you go through the eminent domain process. You’re entitled to fair negotiations, compensation, and relocation benefits—and without an experienced attorney, you could be taken advantage of.

Let the team at Sever Storey help to protect your rights. We’ve defended countless landowners like you all across the country and are eager to do the same for you.

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Eminent Domain Projects in Iowa

CARDINAL HICKORY CREEK POWERLINE

The Cardinal Hickory Creek Transmission line is a proposed 345 kV, 125-mile powerline in Wisconsin and Iowa. The western end point of the line will be in Dubuque County, Iowa. The eastern end point of the line will be the Cardinal Substation in the Town of Middleton, Wisconsin.

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I-35 (POLK COUNTY)

Improvements to I-35 from just north of Oralabor Rd (IA 160) to just south of Northeast 36th Street in Polk County.

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US 20 SWISS VALLEY

Improvements to the US 20/Swiss Valley Rd interchange in Dubuque County, Iowa.

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US 30 (IA 21-US 218)

Improvements at the intersection of US 30 and US 218 in Benton County, Iowa, and improvement of US 30 from the IA 21 intersection in Tama County, Iowa, east to the US 218 intersection in Benton County.

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US 61

Four-lane widening and improvements of US 61 from Burlington north to 1 mile north of IA 78 in Des Moines and Louisa Counties.

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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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POWERLINES & 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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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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