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Eminent Domain & Condemnation Attorneys in Tennessee

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

We care about your eminent domain case. Get in touch with our experienced eminent domain attorneys in Tennessee for the support you need in a difficult time. We’re happy to answer all of your questions.

What Is Eminent Domain in Tennessee?

Most commonly exercised for road projects, eminent domain is an entity’s right to “take” land and dedicate it to a “public use.” This essentially means that, unlike in traditional private land conveyances, the “seller” cannot stop the acquisition merely by rejecting the offer. In order to stop a taking initiated by a condemnor, a landowner must demonstrate to a court that the proposed acquisition does not comport with relevant law.

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

Receiving notice or an offer to purchase property under threat of eminent domain can be a stressful situation for a landowner. Many times, it comes as a complete surprise to the affected property owner and can throw potential plans into chaos. The good news is that professionals dedicated to helping landowners out in this very situation exist and can aid landowners in figuring out how to handle the situation through the eminent domain process.

1. Find an Eminent Domain Attorney in Tennessee

If a landowner receives an offer on their property issued by the Tennessee Department of Transportation, or any other entity with the power of eminent domain, the absolute first thing they should do is contact a licensed, qualified, experienced eminent domain attorney. This cannot be stressed enough.

2. Educate Yourself (with the Help of Your Attorney)

With the assistance of the attorney the landowner contacted in step 1, a prepared landowner should get an understanding of how condemnation cases proceed in Tennessee. Getting a general sense of the nature of these acquisitions will go a long way toward succeeding in achieving the right amount of compensation.

3. Let Your Attorney Handle Negotiations

Letting an experienced attorney handle negotiations will give you the greatest chance of a favorable conclusion to your case. Attorneys are hired for a reason, and part of it is to unload the stress and concern associated with your case. Allowing your experienced eminent domain attorney to take full control over your case will give both parties the necessary space to get the job done.

4. Relax

If a landowner has followed steps 1-3, the landowner will have successfully allowed him or herself to loosen up a bit and take peace of mind that the case is being handled by a qualified professional. For many landowners, eminent domain is a (rightfully) stressful situation, but it doesn’t need to be.

How Sever Storey Can Help You

Dealing with eminent domain can be all-consuming and frustrating, and you certainly shouldn’t have to face off against the government or condemnor alone.

Sever Storey is eager to help protect the rights of landowners in Tennessee. We’ve offered our legal advice to clients all across the country, and we’re experienced with land takings of any scale. Whether you own retail space, farmland, residential property, or any other type of property, we’re here to ensure you get fair treatment in your eminent domain case.

We have offices or local counsel agreements throughout the U.S., including Tennessee, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas and more. With our national reach, we can help you no matter where you are. Contact us today for the qualified eminent domain attorney in Tennessee you need.

FAQs

Eminent Domain Just Compensation in Tennessee

The government must offer just compensation in exchange for the taking of private land. This means the money given to the landowner is equal to what the property might sell for in a free market exchange. In short—if the compensation is equal to “fair market value,” it is considered just compensation. An eminent domain attorney should be able to determine whether or not the condemnor’s compensation offer is fair.

Eminent Domain Relocation Costs

In the event a business or residence is acquired, the business or homeowner is likely entitled to reimbursement of expenses associated with relocating the operation or home. Many landowners facing eminent domain in Tennessee will have to spend a great deal of money in relocation. For this reason, the government is required to offer relocation benefits to cover these costs.

But unfortunately, landowners often do not get the relocation benefits they deserve. Hiring an eminent domain attorney in Tennessee can greatly increase the chances of receiving benefits commensurate with the actual cost of relocation and not what the condemnor offers.

What Are The Limits of Eminent Domain in Tennessee?

If you’re facing condemnation, it may seem as if the government has all power. But the government does have some limitations that are important to note. The government must:

- Provide ample notice of condemnation
- Engage in negotiations with the landowner
- Give just compensation for the land
- Only acquire land for a "public use"

How Long Do Eminent Domain Cases Take in Tennessee?

Every eminent domain case is on a slightly different timeline. Factors that might affect the timeline include the original compensation offer, how the land will be used, or the type of land being seized. In most situations, an eminent domain case is set for trial within 12-18 months. However, most cases are resolved through mediation and/or informal settlement discussions before this point. Cases that do not require litigation are often much shorter than cases that do, and therefore, pre-suit matters are generally resolved within 3-6 months of receiving an offer.

Can Eminent Domain in Tennessee Be Stopped?

With the help of a skilled eminent domain attorney in Tennessee, there are some rare cases where eminent domain can be stopped. For this to occur, the landowner would need to show enough proof that the government or condemnor has not followed the law and/or procedure in the process of exercising its eminent domain authority. Stopping a taking, while possible, is difficult and requires a fact-intensive analysis of the acquisition. More often than not, the battle is over compensation and not the right to exercise eminent domain authority.

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