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Negotiating With The Condemning Entity From a Position of Strength and Knowledge: Tips to Property Owners Under the Threat of Condemnation

This Article is written by Owners’ Counsel of America for general informational purposes only.  It is intended to assist landowners by providing them with some basic tips when negotiating with a governmental body seeking to acquire property by the exercise of the eminent domain power. This Article is not to be viewed as providing legal advice or to be considered as a substitute for consulting with an experienced eminent domain, takings or property rights lawyer on the matters covered herein. Property owners may believe themselves well equipped to negotiate with a condemning agency to resolve a valuation dispute. As a result, they often hesitate to hire or even consult with an experienced eminent domain lawyer. However, there are many things even a knowledgeable property owner may not know about resolving value differences when the eminent domain power is threatened. The consequence? Owners may either leave money on the table that was rightfully their’s or experience other adverse taking impacts that could have been avoided. If you or someone you know is a property owner being threatened with a taking of property, read these helpful tips to make sure you are negotiating with the government from a position of strength and knowledge, rather than one of weakness and ignorance:    The Condemnor’s Negotiator Is Not Your Friend: Don’t be fooled into thinking that the government agent sent to negotiate for your property is there to protect you or serve your best interests. No matter how nice or cordial that person may […]

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