Americans are often surprised to discover that their private property can be taken by the government without their consent. Most people become aware of the government’s power of eminent domain (also known as “condemnation”) when they discover that their property is needed for a public project, such as road improvements, a new school, utility upgrades, conservation or an airport expansion.
The use of eminent domain to “take” private property and the actual process of “taking” land for a public use is limited by the U. S. Constitution as well as the constitution and laws of each state. Condemnation power is one of our government’s greatest powers. That power can be kept in check by skilled condemnation lawyers familiar with the complex laws and procedures limiting the use of eminent domain.
To protect private property owners against the power of eminent domain, the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states that private property may only be taken for a public use provided “just compensation” is paid to the property owner.
Owners’ Counsel of America is a nationwide network of skilled and experienced property rights and eminent domain attorneys across the United States. Each condemnation lawyer affiliated with Owners’ Counsel is dedicated to representing private property owners against the Federal, state and local governments, utilities, redevelopment authorities, transportation agencies, energy companies and other agencies granted the power of eminent domain. The condemnation lawyers within the Owners’ Counsel of America national network represent private property owners across the country. The eminent domain and property rights attorneys affiliated with OCA are knowledgeable about and experienced with all types of takings issues, real property valuation and property rights litigation.
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