What is Eminent Domain?
The legal term eminent domain refers to the power of the government (or a government-delegated private party) to take private property for public use without the owner’s consent. This process is known as the “condemnation” process.
This power is outlined in the United States Constitution, but it does provide for the owner to receive just and fair compensation for the property. In Texas, this process is governed by Chapter 21 of the Texas Property Code.
Your ownership might be in the way of government projects such as:
- Utilities projects – water, sewer or gas pipelines or electric power transmission lines.
- Infrastructure projects – highways, bridges, rail lines, etc.
- Commercial projects – football stadiums, shopping malls or entertainment arenas.
Ensure Your Rights as the Property Owner
The government or acting party might want access to part of the land or the entire property. Whatever it is, you as the owner have rights and deserve proper compensation. The Texas Landowner’s Bill of Rights details these rights to which you are entitled as well as how the condemnation process works.
Too often the government’s initial offer is far below what the owner believes is the fair value of his property. With aggressive representation, however, you can successfully contest this offer and receive what you believe is a fair amount.
Hire Experienced Dallas Eminent Domain Attorneys
The eminent domain process can be confusing and intimidating, especially when the government is on the other side of the aisle. Consult with our experienced eminent domain attorneys as soon as possible to gain leverage in your case.
Not only is your property on the line, but your wealth as a private citizen. Contact our office today to schedule your initial consultation.