Eminent Domain

Eminent Domain

Brown Rountree is dedicated to assisting those whose private property is threatened by eminent domain. Eminent domain is the power of the government or its agents to acquire private property for public purposes.

The condemning authority is required to provide compensation to the affected property owner. The main focus on a condemnation will be the compensation or damages to which the property owner is entitled for the taking or damaging of their property. A condemnation case represents the property owner’s one and only opportunity to recover for the taking of his or her property, including impacts of the taking on the property remaining after the taking.

Our firm represents a variety of clients including, residential, commercial, industrial, and special-purpose. If you believe your property may be impacted by an eminent domain taking, contact us today.

For more information, read about the Georgia Landowner’s Bill of Rights.

Why Hire an Eminent Domain Attorney?

Just as you would not sell your property to a buyer if the buyer were allowed to name their own price, accepting the condemning authority’s first offer is selling yourself short. Fair market value can vary wildly depending on what appraisers view as the highest and best use of the property and what other properties the appraisers believe are comparable. Because of this, it is vital to retain experienced eminent domain counsel who can represent you against the condemning authority while also providing valuable insight into how much compensation a jury would likely award if the case went to trial. It is very important to ensure the attorneys and valuation experts you retain are experienced in eminent domain. Eminent domain is a unique and highly specialized area of law. Attorneys and experts who do not regularly practice eminent domain law can easily overlook key issues in the case and misnegotiate impacts to the property.

Important Questions to Consider If You are Facing Condemnation

When we meet with you, our attorneys can assess your specific case and the important issues for you to consider. If you are facing a condemnation, you may have many questions to ponder including the following.

  1. Can the government take my private property by eminent domain for any reason?
  2. The government or a private corporation wants to take my property by eminent domain. What are the steps in the condemnation process?
  3. Can I stop the government from taking my property?
  4. What is an “easement,” and how does it relate to eminent domain?
  5. If I receive a condemnation notice, does that mean that the government has already taken my property?
  6. If I am asked to provide documents to the government or its representatives, what should I do?
  7. Should I discuss the value of my property with a government representative?
  8. What should I tell the government real estate appraisers?
  9. What if I don’t agree with the fair market value determined by the government’s appointed appraiser?
  10. Should I assume the government will treat me justly under eminent domain law?
  11. Should I accept the initial offer given to me, since the government is obligated to pay fair market value for my property?
  12. Can I negotiate on my own?
  13. Should I stop maintaining my property?
  14. If the government has already acquired my property, is it too late to take action?

Schedule a Consultation Today

The lawyers at Brown Rountree are available to meet with you and analyze your situation at no cost to you. If you retain our firm, we only receive attorneys’ fees if we are able to succeed in increasing the compensation being offered by the government. Our attorneys’ fees are paid for at the time the property owner receives compensation from the government. Court costs and other additional expenses of legal action usually must be paid by the client.