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Fullest Extent Rule in Eminent Domain

An owner must be compensated for all damage the condemnor will have a right to inflict on the property and not just for what the condemnor plans to do with the land acquired. In other words, courts must presume that condemnor will use the rights acquired to their maximum extent. This is called the Fullest […]

Eminent Domain and the Superior Attributes of the Parcel Taken

Oftentimes in condemnation, a retail store owner or convenience store owner will need to relocate their business.  Even minor changes of geography can have a major impact on sales.  The government often claims that this decline in sales is due to the business owner and refuses to provide compensation for this loss, thus overlooking a […]

Excess Land Valuation in Eminent Domain Cases

We place significant emphasis on educating property owners in recognizing damages in eminent domain cases.  Why?  Because damages determine the amount of just compensation a property owner receives, and they are frequently overlooked by appraisers. The concept of valuing excess land in eminent domain cases rarely occurs, but when it does, it is a notion […]

Bankruptcy and Eminent Domain

When a property owner files for bankruptcy, all proceedings against them are stayed to allow time to reorganize assets and, in some instances, repay creditors.  However, bankruptcy courts across the country have held that there are certain situations where actions against a debtor will not be stayed, including those initiated by the government.   When a […]

Landowner Expectations vs. Land Use Regulations

The U.S. Supreme Court has long held that land use regulations (e.g. zoning ordinances) can go “too far” and cause a “taking” of property for which just compensation must be paid under the fifth amendment of the Constitution. These cases are known as “regulatory takings.”  Less clear is how to establish how far is “too far.” […]

Tax Considerations in Eminent Domain

Eminent domain is the process by which the government or another entity has the ability to take private property for public use. Any property taken through eminent domain must be fairly compensated. This triggers a process by which “fair compensation” is determined. Once this process is complete, the condemning authority will pay an award to […]

Farm Land and Eminent Domain

Are you a farmer and impacted by eminent domain? There some things you should consider. We have represented farmers in many states across the country, but we have more specifically worked with more farmers in Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin; which is part America’s heartland and prime farm land. As any farmer can tell you, if […]

The Eminent Domain Process and What to Expect

When the government initiates the acquisition process, it will attempt to negotiate the purchase of your property just like any buyer might. If you and the government cannot agree on a price, the government can proceed with eminent domain. Keep in mind that the government is like any buyer, it will want to buy your […]

Property Owner Timeline in Eminent Domain

Each state has different statutes and condemnation procedures. For this reason (among others), it is important for property owners to consult with an attorney experienced in eminent domain. Although procedures vary from state to state (and agency to agency), this property owner timeline in eminent domain is designed to map the typical process a property […]

Negotiating in Eminent Domain

Should you Negotiate with the Government when impacted by Eminent Domain? Property owners that are affected by eminent domain have few options once they receive an offer for their property. Typically, the owner is dealing with the Government, which has vast experience acquiring property. Depending on the state the property owner is in, it may […]