Eminent Domain is the power of local, state or federal government agencies to take private property for public use so long as the government pays “just compensation.” The government can exercise its power of eminent domain even if the owner does not wish to sell his or her property.
The Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution and Article I, Section 19 of the California Constitutions allow private property to be taken by eminent domain only for a public use.
A common question is: what kinds of reasons constitute public use that can justify eminent domain?
These are some of the examples of public use for which the government might exercise its power of eminent domain:
- Police and fire stations
- Mass transit rails
What are Your Rights?
Any government that does take property, even for public use, must fully compensate the owner of the property for the taking.
Even when the government follows the proper procedures and restricts its condemnation efforts to the confines of the law, property owners still often end up fighting for just compensation.
Unfortunately, the government does not always act in the best interest of the property owner when taking property under eminent domain. Our team of experienced eminent domain lawyers can protect your interests and help you understand your rights.
To Protect Your Rights
When you are facing eminent domain, you need to build a team. The government has its team working for its interests. You need your own backup to fight for you. You should find experienced legal help. Our attorneys have 40 years combined experience in representing property owners impacted by eminent domain.
With Callanan, Rogers & Dzida, you do not pay any attorney’s fees unless you recover more than the government offers. We offer free consultations. Call us today at 213-599-7595.