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Eminent Domain

Eminent domain is the power to take private property for public use by a state, municipality, or private person or corporation authorized to exercise functions of public character. Over the past few years, there has been growing concern about the manner in which some states and other governmental agencies have exercised their power of eminent domain. Eminent domain law and legal procedures vary, sometimes significantly, between jurisdictions. These issues require an understanding of several factors outside of the law, such as political, commercial, and special interests, that need to be investigated, evaluated, and thoroughly understood when advising clients. Each area, in turn, needs to be examined by counsel that is well versed in these issues and has the experience and insight to appreciate the implications that may result from certain actions.

The attorneys at Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, PC have significant experience in representing condemning authorities and private land owners in eminent domain matters in litigation. We have litigated issues from the right to take to fair market value or just compensation.

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