Many people know little about the eminent domain process until it affects them. For this reason, many landowners who receive notice of an impending condemnation (taking) of their land do not know how to proceed or where to turn.

Gather information – The notice should have information about any local meetings or other informative gatherings meant to inform affected property owners of the proposed project that requires the condemnation and that gives them a chance to speak out against the project. Even if property owners are vehemently opposed to the project, it may not always have any effect, however, these meetings can give you information about the nature of the condemnation.

Learn about your rights – It is highly important to know all of your rights as a landowner in a potential condemnation. First, you have the right to choose whether to voluntarily sell all or part of your land to the project developer. If you choose not to sell, you have the right under the 5th Amendment1 to demand just compensation for your property loss in the eminent domain case. It is important to know the true value of your land and your losses to argue for just compensation.

Call an attorney – An attorney can help you with every step of your condemnation case, from notice to hearing to obtaining proper compensation. The guidance of an attorney who understands this type of case can be invaluable for your peace of mind and financial future.

Contact an experienced Illinois condemnation attorney as soon as possible

There are few things that are more stressful than facing the loss of your property. Landowners who receive notices of an impending condemnation action feel this stress and concern, especially if they do not want to voluntarily negotiate to sell their property. At the law office of Sever Storey, LLP, we have helped allay the fears of many landowners in this position. Even if the taking of your property is inevitable, we will protect your rights to receive the just compensation you deserve to start over in a new property. Please do not hesitate to call our office at 888-318-3761 as soon as possible to discuss your case.


1 https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/fifth_amendment