The government maintains a constitutional right called "eminent domain" to seize private land for public use. It may want to take your land if that land stands in the way of the construction or expansion of governmental buildings, roads, highways, bridges, toll roads, pipelines, electric transmission lines, or other structures.
Government units or utilities will attempt to show that seizure of the land is the only possible way to properly build the structure in the best interests of the public; however, property owners' interests must also be protected. If your land is of interest to the government or a utility, a formal condemnation process must occur if you do not want to sell it at a reduced rate. You may have received a letter stating that the government is interested in your land, and they may have sent you an initial offer. Before responding, you should consult with an experienced attorney.
At Sommerman & Quesada, L.L.P., we help clients throughout Texas obtain independent valuations or appraisals of their property because the government's initial offer is typically less than the fair valuation and compensation that is deserved. Our Dallas-based attorneys provide you with the personalized service you need when your home or your property investment plans are under threat.
Knowledgeable Legal Counsel When Your Property Is at Stake
During the condemnation process, the government works to use the courts to take your land. If you do not have competent and experienced legal representation, you will find yourself in a tough position with aggressive government officials and lawyers.
Our attorneys have more than 85 years of combined legal experience, and we take pride in protecting the interests and livelihood of our clients. We are heavily involved in our local communities, and we want to see our neighbors prosper with fair treatment from the government.
We work vigorously to maximize our clients' compensation for their property, which has become condemned land. If your fair compensation is not reached in an initial hearing, we can appeal your court award. We are willing to fight and pursue practical solutions to cover your relocation expenses and compensation for the equity in your property, lost business profits, and business interruption.
Property owners have rights. One of your greatest rights is to receive fair market value of your property in the event of eminent domain and condemnation. We will protect your rights in negotiations and in court proceedings with the government or utility companies.
Contact Our Dallas Eminent Domain Lawyers
Please contact us at 214-720-0720 or toll free at 800-900-5373. We offer free initial consultations and can be reached 24/7 with our after-hours answering service. We look forward to speaking with you. Se habla español.