Property Rights, Due Process, and the Map Act

Highways

In North Carolina, a legislative action known as the Map Act allowed the state Department of Transportation to impose heavy usage restrictions on privately owned land close to the proposed routes of new state highways. An article on the problematic nature of the Map Act appears here. First passed in 1987 and later repealed, the…

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What Will A Lawyer Do for Me?

What will a lawyer do for me in my land condemnation case? If your land is being taken by the government, what can a lawyer really do for you? A lawyer is your only real advocate and protection during the case. While in most instances we can’t stop the taking from occurring, we can fight…

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Top 5 Ways to Mess Up Your Case

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The top five things you can do to mess up your land condemnation case. If the government is getting ready to take your land in an eminent domain land condemnation case, here are the top five things you can do to ruin your case. One, sign a right of entry agreement with the Department of…

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The Southwest Bypass Project Continues to Disrupt NC Residents

According to data released earlier in the week NCDOT has purchased 107 parcels outright and continues to negotiate for more. The current bypass project has produced more condemnations than most projects, due to multiple issues, including that the project has no specific path. The department is planning on purchasing a total of 181 parcels along…

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What is a Negotiation Diary?

What is a negotiation diary of a right of way agent in a North Carolina DOT land taking case? In an eminent domain or land condemnation case involving the State of North Carolina, there is an important player called the right of way agent, or ROW agent. That person is North Carolina DOT’s representative who…

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I Received a Condemnation Lawsuit

I received a condemnation lawsuit against my property, when does the government own my land? If you received a notice of land condemnation, you may wonder exactly when the ownership of your land or property transverse to the government. Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but if the condemning agency is…

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Why Can a State, Federal or Private Entity Take My Property?

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Your property can be taken through Eminent Domain, or Land Condemnation, through a number of state and federal rules and regulations. From a numbers perspective, most land is taken by the State of North Carolina‘s Department of Transportation. In addition to the DOT, however, your land can also be taken by the federal government, the…

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