Frequently Asked Questions About Eminent Domain

When you are contacted by a condemning entity exercising its right of eminent domain, you undoubtedly have questions. While every case is different, the following are frequently asked questions about the condemnation process.

What Is Eminent Domain?

Eminent domain is a condemning entity's right to take private property for public use. To acquire private property, the condemning entity must compensate the property owner with adequate and just compensation under the United States Constitution and the laws of the state where your property is located.

Condemnation is the legal procedure used to take private property from a landowner. Put simply, eminent domain is a power and condemnation is a process.

What Is Inverse Condemnation?

Inverse condemnation occurs when a condemning authority takes possession of private property without first paying the landowner.

Inverse condemnation is the process the property owner uses to obtain compensation from the condemning entity.

For example, inverse condemnation may be available when a condemning entity builds a road or builds on private property without first compensating the owner.

What Are Examples Of Eminent Domain Takings?

Examples of eminent domain takings include highways; roadways; a variety of utility lines (water, sewer, gas, oil, etc.); pipelines; power lines; schools; hospitals; airports; drainage; post offices; and city, state or federal buildings.

Do I Need An Attorney?

Yes. The government and other entities with eminent domain authority frequently undervalue property. Their initial assessment may be incomplete, and their offer may not reflect what you are entitled to under the Constitution. An experienced eminent domain attorney will help protect your interests during the condemnation process.

How Much Does It Cost To Hire An Attorney From Your Firm?

Many people feel intimidated by the potential cost of an attorney. The cost of an attorney is often less than the compensation you deserve from the condemning entity. We offer retainer and contingent-fee options.

Protect Your Rights With Us By Your Side

We are located in uptown Dallas, a few miles from downtown, with plenty of parking available. If you need an attorney to help you with a taking by the government or any other condemning entity and learn about your rights under eminent domain law, call our lawyers at 800-231-3657 or 214-559-7200, or fill out our online form.