Eminent Domain and the condemnation process is not a willing buyer and willing seller transition; it is a legally forced sale!


Eminent Domain is the power of the government or quasi-government entities to take private or public property interests through condemnation. Eminent Domain has been a significant issue since 1879 when, in the case of Boom Company v. Patterson, the Supreme Court first acknowledged that the power of eminent domain may be delegated by state legislatures to agencies and non-governmental entities. Thus, the era of legal takings began.

Gattis Law Firm, P.C. has more than a decade of representing clients in commercial litigation suits, which includes having tried more than 100 jury trials to verdict. This firm is fully committed to ensuring that client’s rights are respected by the government and large corporations.

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Eminent domain is defined as the power possessed by the government and other entities to take private land and use it for public projects. Condemnation is the process used to take land from a property owner. Put simply, eminent domain is a power and condemnation is a process.

Our mission at the Gattis Law Firm is to ensure your rights as a landowner are respected when your property is targeted for acquisition and that you receive fair compensation for it.

As a property owner, you have 10 critical rights:

· You have the right to fair compensation for land that is taken for public use

· Land can only be taken for public projects

· Only an entity with the power of eminent domain may take your land

· You must be properly notified about the condemnation

· You must be provided with a written appraisal from a certified appraiser

· A bona fide purchase offer must be made before a condemnation petition is filed

· You may enlist your own appraiser to assess the value of the land

· You may enlist a lawyer to represent you

· You are entitled to a special commissioners' hearing

· You are entitled to trial by judge or jury if you are unhappy with the award

You as the landowner are entitled to the fair market value for your land, because the process can impact your ability to develop your land in the future. Before entering into an easement agreement or contract that conveys your property to the government or any entity, you need to fully understand the ramifications of the taking and acquisition on your remaining property and your right to contest the value being offered.


The Condemnation Process in Texas

The Texas Constitution declares that “No person’s property shall be taken ... for a public use without adequate compensation ... and only if the taking is for the State ... or the public at large; or an entity granted the power of eminent domain under law.”

Establishing a value for the actual land taken and damage to the remainder is a crucial element in protecting yourself and your land. Dan Gattis is not just an attorney, he is also a landowner and he understands the value of protecting your property.

Even with a written offer and a copy of the condemnor’s appraisal in hand, an average landowner is still unlikely to understand the extent of his rights and options under eminent domain law.

If you have been contacted concerning an eminent domain and/or condemnation, protect yourself and your land by speaking with our firm before you begin any negotiations. We put your needs first and can challenge any entity, public or private.

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