Governmental entities and agencies and some private companies have the right to take property by eminent domain. However, they are required to pay the fair market value for that property. We are committed to helping our clients receive full, fair, and just compensation when their real estate is seized through eminent domain proceedings.
Typically eminent domain is used to take property for the purpose of building roads, bridges, power line easements, or public transportation corridors. A recent United States Supreme Court decision allowed the taking of private land for private development. In most cases, our attorneys cannot prevent the taking of Alabama real estate through eminent domain. However, we can many times significantly increase the financial compensation private property owners receive for their real estate.
In a recent case, our firm represented a family of property owners whose mineral-rich land was forcibly taken by the State of Alabama. Our firm tried the case to a jury and the property owners received an award that was over thirty times larger than the State’s original offer.
Alabama real estate condemnations can be expensive and complex. Our objective in eminent domain litigation is to maximize the compensation our clients receive for their real estate. Our firm will work with real estate valuation appraisers to determine what should be full, fair, and just compensation for our clients.