It is not uncommon for a case that involves the use of eminent domain to
never see the inside of a courtroom. Typically, a representative of a
government agency or private party will approach a homeowner and make
an offer to purchase that property. In many cases, the homeowner will
accept an offer due to the fact that they are often intimidated by the
situation and believe that it will cost too much time and too many resources
to challenge the power of eminent domain. However, hiring an attorney
with extensive experience in this area would be immensely helpful and,
contrary to a common misconception, it is not necessary to file your case
before consulting with an attorney.
How Your Attorney Can Help Before the Case is Filed
In an eminent domain case, much of the assistance and guidance you will
receive from an attorney can be most instrumental in achieving a favorable
result before your case is ever filed. For example, he or she could assist
you in the negotiation process regarding the amount of compensation you
are to receive for the property. Keep in mind that there is often plenty
of wiggle room when it comes to interpreting the words “just compensation,”
given that it is not defined in the Constitution. If you believe your
property is worth more than what you are being offered, your attorney
can help ensure you receive the fair value of it by establishing what
you would likely receive if your case went to trial.
When looking for an attorney, make sure you choose one with experience
in handling these types of cases. An attorney who is not experienced or
particularly knowledgeable might overlook several crucial factors. Eminent
domain is a highly specialized area of law, so make sure you work with
someone who has represented property owners in such cases.
Eminent Domain Attorneys in California
At Allen, Semelsberger & Kaelin LLP, our team of
eminent domain attorneys in San Diego have the experience, insight, and skill that is
necessary to effectively handle even the most complicated legal matters
in this area. Throughout the years, we have been recognized by the legal
community numerous times for the successful results we continually deliver
to our clients.
Get started on protecting your rights today and
call us at (888) 998-2031 to request a free initial case evaluation.