As a law firm that represents landowners in North Carolina eminent and condemnation cases, we typically hear a familiar story from property owners. They have received a letter from the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) telling them that the state wants to take their land for a new road project. NCDOT gives them a brochure about right of way acquisition and eminent domain that looks something like this:
NCDOT or a right-of-way agent will often tell the homeowner things like:
A land owner who accepts the state’s offer, however, is probably getting only part of the story and almost definitely less compensation than they are entitled to receive.
So why should you talk to an eminent domain and condemnation lawyer who only represents land owners?
You have no reason not to.
We provide North Carolina land owners with free consultations. We will tell you about the project, and how it might impact your particular piece of property, whether it’s your home or business. It’s risk free, cost free, and obligation free. Why wouldn’t you take the chance to talk with an expert for free? You can also take advantage of one of our free seminars for details on the specific project in your community. We are conducting frequent seminars for North Carolina projects such as the Greensboro Urban Loop, the East End Connector and Alston Avenue Widening in Durham, and the Winston Salem Northern Beltway. We will be scheduling additional seminars for the Charlotte Lynx Blue Line Extension soon, too. So come learn about the project, and how the lawyers at Sever Storey can help you. It won’t cost you a thing.
You deserve the full story.
Because we will give you the whole story and protect your property rights! We don’t work for the other side. The right of way agent is NOT there to protect you, he is there to get your land as quickly and painlessly as possible. We will help you understand the eminent domain and condemnation process, and how the law of eminent domain in North Carolina will apply to you. Knowledge is power in our line of work, and we strive to educate our clients about their rights and options.
There’s an old saying: “You don’t know what you don’t know.” That’s one reason you should talk to an experienced eminent domain attorney. If you try to negotiate a deal for your condemnation property, you may not have any idea what the law allows. You could be making a mistake that can cost you major amounts of compensation, and you might never even realize it. Many years of training and real world experience representing land owners has given the lawyers at Sever Storey the knowledge and skills to advocate for our clients. Dealing with a complicated legal situation without the advice of skilled lawyer is like a layperson trying to perform surgery on themselves.
All too often land owners settle for far less than they are entitled to receive as fair and just compensation for their property. What about fixtures and improvements? How about zoning, non-conforming uses, and variances? What about easements? What about subsurface rights? What about relocation benefits? What is the highest and best use of the land? Did you analyze the residual damages? What about inverse condemnation – will the taking affect more of my land than is first proposed? What is the impact of mortgages, property taxes paid, or association assessments? The list of questions can be extensive. Property owners may have no idea of what impact a partial taking of their land can do to the residual value, or they are unaware of how commercial property and business losses are affected by eminent domain taking. We provide that expertise and advocacy.
Level the playing field, and make it a fair fight.
The other side has experienced lawyers, appraisers, and economic value experts on their side, and you should too. But be forewarned, not just any type of expert or appraisal will do. An eminent domain case requires a different kind of analysis than a common real estate appraisal. It’s important to not only have experts, but one needs to know the right experts who can make sure you receive full compensation.
Resources and results.
At Sever Storey, we have the resources, skills, and insight to get results for our clients. We regularly earn our clients far more than the condemning authority offered before they were represented by an experienced condemnation attorney. Each case is unique, but we have been very successful on behalf of our clients, and we are happy to bring that record of success to work for you.
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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