Eminent Domain is the power to take private property for public use by a state, municipality, or by a private person or corporation, authorized to exercise functions of public character, following the payment of just compensation to the owner of that property.
State governments have the power to initiate condemnation proceedings from their state constitutions, except North Carolina, which gains its power through statute. The constitutional and statutory provisions require federal, state, and local governments and subdivisions of government to pay an owner for property taken for public use at the time the property is taken.
When a private person or business is faced with Land Condemnation, they should immediately contact an experienced eminent domain lawyer in their local area.
There are a number of pitfalls an unknowing landowner can fall into without proper representation. Below is one item that can derail your land condemnation case before it even begins:
Signing a Right of Entry Agreement with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT)
A “Right of Entry” agreement allows the DOT to come on to your land without paying you for it and without filing any of the required complaints and documents. In essence, it gives the DOT complete free reign to start building on your property as if they own it, but without jumping through any of the legal hoops or paying you anything for your land.
Never sign an agreement with NC DOT before consulting with an experienced North Carolina Land Condemnation attorney.
Henson Fuerst is Here to Help
At Henson Fuerst, our first priority is protecting the rights of North Carolina property owners. Don’t allow the NC DOT, or any other government entity, to take your land without offering the full and fair compensation you deserve.
If the NC DOT with any claim of Land Condemnation or Eminent Domain has approached you or a loved one, call Henson Fuerst right away at 919-781-1107 for a FREE, confidential consultation.
When you call, you will speak with one of the experienced North Carolina Land Condemnation attorneys of Henson Fuerst at no cost to you. We will investigate every detail of your situation and fight hard to protect your rights.
Call today or fill out a free consultation form online to learn how Henson Fuerst may be able to help.