Thanks for visiting the Sever Storey web page for the State of Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania has become a crossroads for eminent domain over the last few years, and Sever Storey has thus far answered the call to assist Pennsylvania landowners in their time of need. We are going to share with you a lot of information on this page about eminent domain in Pennsylvania and hopefully answer any questions you may have about your eminent domain matter. If you need immediate attention, please contact Jordan Walker directly at 1-888-318-3761 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Before we begin, I want to share with you some brief background on Sever Storey. Sever Storey is a landowner-only, eminent domain only national law firm dedicated to helping property owners threatened with condemnation. It is our mission to serve those individuals who find themselves in the foreign world of eminent domain. We have never and will never work for state agencies or utilities and always side with the landowner. We have represented hundreds of landowners across the nation—including many in Pennsylvania—and are ready to share the breadth of knowledge this national reach has afforded us.
Unlike many other states, Pennsylvania has found itself with an influx of eminent domain activity recently. Coupled with the occasional road project, pipelines are criss-crossing the state, leaving a trail of dissatisfied landowners in their wake. Mariner I, Mariner II, PennEast, Atlantic Sunrise, Rover…the list goes on. Because of regional natural gas shale deposits, the Keystone State and its residents are getting hit hard with easement acquisition offers and gas-toting steel tubes. Now, more than ever, Pennsylvania landowners need to educate themselves on the intricacies of eminent domain and seek out professionals to assist them. To do otherwise is to risk getting left in the dust.
The experienced eminent domain attorneys at Sever Storey understand how to provide maximum compensation and protect landowner rights. Here are some common questions we get about Pennsylvania eminent domain:
Question: What should I do when a land agent approaches me with an offer of compensation?
Answer: You should contact the Pennsylvania eminent domain attorneys of Sever Storey AS SOON AS YOU RECEIVE AN OFFER OF COMPENSATION. Land agents are pushy and sometimes overwhelming, but they are good at their job. An experienced land agent will employ a number of tricks to fool a landowner into accepting an offer of compensation lower than what it should be—including creating deadlines, offering bonus payments, making verbal promises, and threatening eminent domain. Only someone who has dealt with ROW agents many times can spot these tricks and avoid their influence. Our attorneys disregard ROW agents and talk directly with the company in charge of the pipeline. Our attorneys ensure that whatever is negotiated is the best possible deal for the landowner.
Question: How can I negotiate contract terms into my easement?
Answer: As is often the case, the document initially presented to a landowner that would give a company the right to build their pipeline often is not a particularly fair document. Indeed, pipelines LOVE to include a whole bunch of rights in their proposed easement that have nothing to do with building a pipeline but have everything to do with exceeding their authority—including the right to add fiber optic cable, the right to add powerlines, the right to add multiple pipelines, and the right to unfettered access ANYWHERE on the property. Utility companies are notorious for baking in latent defects to their easements that landowners unknowingly sign. The attorneys at Sever Storey have reviewed hundreds of easement documents and know a bad one when they see it. As part of our representation, we ensure landowners not only receive just compensation but also receive piece of mind that whatever they are signing is a fair document
Question: How can I afford an eminent domain attorney?
Answer: The attorneys at Sever Storey offer their Pennsylvania clients a contingency fee. Our fee is based entirely on how much money we get our clients over and above the offer. Our clients owe us nothing if we are unable to get them more compensation, and our fee is based entirely on how effective our representation is. We offer this because it provides assurances to our clients that anything we do is for their benefit. Also, this allows our firm to provide legal assistance to landowners who cannot or would not come out of pocket for legal fees.
If you are a landowner who still isn’t quite sure what to do with your eminent domain situation, let the attorneys at Sever Storey provide you with a free, no-strings-attached review of your case. All you have to do is contact Jordan Walker at 1-888-318-3761 or email me at email@example.com, and we will get your case review conference set up. We are honest brokers at Sever Storey and will give you a straight up assessment of the viability of your eminent domain case.
Eminent domain procedure is governed by the laws and statutes that comprise the Pennsylvania Code. When a state entity or utility is taking your property they must follow the rules set out in the statutes. We have reproduced the code for your review below. The eminent domain attorneys at Sever Storey are very familiar with this particular set of laws. If you have any questions about eminent domain procedure please feel free to call at 888-318-3761 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pennsylvania Eminent Domain Law: https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/LI/consCheck.cfm?txtType=HTM&ttl=26
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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