It is important that you do not rush into anything. Eminent domain is a process. The government will try to get you to sign on the dotted line for as little compensation as possible. You may be happy to have some money in your pocket, but in reality you may be getting significantly less compensation than you are entitled to.
Therefore, when you are contacted by the government about acquisition of your land it is important to get all the facts. What property exactly are they taking? How will your remaining property be damaged? Are any easements or land use restrictions being imposed?
The best way to get these questions answered is by having your own eminent domain appraisal prepared. Frequently, the government's appraisal will miss important things or severely undervalue your land.
However, it is also important to remember that not every appraiser is qualified to write an eminent domain appraisal. You need an appraiser who is well versed in writing appraisals for landowners (as well as the government).
The attorneys at Lind Weininger LLC can help you with this process and ensure all your questions are answered. We will put together a plan to ensure that you receive the amount of compensation you are entitled to. Contact us toll free at (855) 387-2321 for a free consultation.