When you own land or a home on a plot of land, you probably assume that you will be able to use that land however you choose. It probably never crossed your mind that another person or party could require you to hand over a portion of that property. However, there are times when this could happen if the government determines that it requires some or all of your land for the completion of a project or other need.
Through a legal principle called eminent domain, the government can confiscate private property as long as it is for a valid purpose that will benefit the community at large. If the government does attempt to take your property, you do not have to remain silent. It is possible for you to fight the forced relinquishment of your land or to seek fair compensation for the land the government wants to take. This can be a complex process, and you do not have to navigate it on your own.
Protesting the power of the government
The government of the United States has the power to take private property in certain circumstances, but that does not mean that you do not have the right to fight for your property interests. This may not seem fair, and it will be important to, at the very least, ensure that you receive fair compensation. If you receive notice that the government intends to take a portion of your property, there will be a condemnation hearing. This is an opportunity for you to ensure that they hear your voice.
It is critical for property owners to receive just compensation for what the government intends to take. The government will calculate a fair value for your property, but you do not have to accept this initial offer. As the property owner, you have the right to seek just recovery of your losses.
Help during the eminent domain process
The concept of eminent domain is complicated, but you do not have to walk through this situation on your own. You will benefit from professional guidance at every step as you seek to claim fair compensation for the property the government intends to take. An assessment of your eminent domain case can reveal what options may be available to you as a private property owner in Texas.