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Hiring a Florida Eminent Domain Attorney

As you are likely aware, taking matters into your own hands when it comes to eminent domain is highly discouraged, and could result in a scenario where you do not receive just compensation. For instance, you could end up ruining a good claim by attempting to negotiate with the condemning authority prior to consulting with an eminent domain attorney, or you might settle for much less than what you deserve. Please read Why Act Now in our Resource Center to learn more about why you should hire an eminent domain attorney early in the process.

Did you know that in the state of Florida, attorney fees and costs must be paid for by the government if the final award is more than the offer made by the government?  Continue reading to learn more about this statute.

Attorney Fee Recovery Statutes in Florida

Attorney’s fees may be recovered in the state of Florida if:

  • The judgment exceeds the last written offer prior to an attorney being hired. Or, if no written offer is made before hiring, the first written offer after attorney is hired. (Fl. Stat. § 73.092(a))
  • The settlement exceeds the last written offer prior to an attorney being hired. Or, if no written offer is made before hiring, the first written offer after attorney is hired. (Fl. Stat. § 73.015(4))

Attorney’s fees based on benefits shall be awarded in accordance with the following schedule:

1. 33% of any benefit up to $250,000; plus

2. 25% of any portion of the benefit between $250,000 and $1 million; plus

3. 20% percent of any portion of the benefit exceeding $1 million.

If you have questions regarding hiring an eminent domain attorney in Florida or questions regarding fees and costs, please contact us.

 

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