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Protecting Your Eminent Domain Rights

Although you are not facing criminal charges, it is important to remember that everything that you say or do can be used against you if and when your eminent domain case comes to trial.  If you receive a written “Notice of Taking,” or if you even hear a rumor that your property may be taken, remember the following:

  • Never discuss the value of your property with anyone until you retain experienced eminent domain counsel.
  • Do not meet with any government agency without counsel present and a written agreement that anything said at the meeting will be inadmissible at trial.
  • Do not set the value of property until you have received the advice of a competent real estate appraiser.
  • Do not attempt to obtain building permits, variances, zone changes, subdivision approvals, curb cuts, or any other governmental approvals without consulting counsel.  A failed attempt to obtain such approvals can be extraordinarily harmful to your case.
  • Do not apply for real estate tax abatements.
  • Do not defer maintenance of your property because of a potential taking.
  • Do not have contact with government real estate appraisers.  They are not interested in your receiving the highest possible value for your property.  Any information given to them will be used against you in court.
  • Do not permit the government to conduct any tests such as borings, exploration for hazardous waste, or test wells for water supply unless counsel secures a written agreement that copies of all test data and reports will be supplied to you.
  • Do not supply copies of leases, expense records, profit and loss statements or similar documents to the government or its representatives.

This advice is basic and not intended to be all-inclusive. If you have any questions regarding your rights, please contact our office.