Protecting Your Rights: When to Hire an Eminent Domain Attorney


If you received a notice that the government wishes to purchase your property through eminent domain, you should not hesitate to hire an eminent domain attorney as soon as possible. Oftentimes, property owners might feel that they lack options or believe that the purchase offer seems far and are concerned about seeming greedy. However, you need to take an active role in protecting your interests and rights by seeking the legal assistance necessary to effectively navigate this situation.

Know Your Rights

In order to take private property, government agencies must meet certain criteria, including proof that the portion of property they wish to take is necessary for public use. For example, a government agency might be able to take property to install new electric or water lines, or to build new public property like a school. An eminent domain attorney will be able to help you understand if the reason why the government is taking your property truly serves a public need and if all of the property is necessary to meet that need.

Obtaining Fair Compensation

Generally, when the government attempts to take one’s property under the power of eminent domain, they will offer to pay the lowest possible amount. An experienced eminent domain attorney will be able to help you obtain the compensation you deserve, which should include:

  • Compensation for improvements and fixtures to the property
  • Relocation expenses
  • Compensation for any damages sustained
  • Fair value for the property

Eminent Domain Lawyers in California

At Allen, Semelsberger & Kaelin LLP, our eminent domain attorneys have the knowledge and skill to guide you through even the most complicated eminent domain matters. Throughout the years, our attorneys have been selected for numerous awards and have successfully achieved great results for our clients. Do not hesitate to reach out to us!

Contact us at (888) 998-2031 to schedule a free case evaluation.