Condemnation and Eminent Domain
Did you know that the federal, state, and local governments have the power to take your property for "public use." This is what is known as eminent domain, or the government's right to take (or condemn) your private land. The Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution includes a provision known as the Takings Clause, which states that "private property [shall not] be taken for public use, without just compensation." Although the Fifth Amendment by itself only applies to actions by the federal government, the Fourteenth Amendment extends the Takings Clause to actions by state and local government as well.
Traditionally, this power was used to build things like public roads, interstates, canals, railroads, public parks, and courthouses. But, courts have recently broadened the definition of "public use" to include the use by private companies for a "public purpose." Private companies have used this "public purpose" doctrine in the name of economic development, and unsurprisingly, the oil and gas companies have capitalized on this doctrine as well.
If a government agency or private company is trying to take your land, you should consult an experienced condemnation lawyer, and our condemnation lawyer knows how the process works. We will make sure that you get all of the money you are entitled to for your property.
Contact Our Experienced Simpsonville Condemnation Lawyer
We have helped landowners across South Carolina secure full and fair compensation for their properties.To discuss your options, contact our experienced condemnation lawyer at (864) 757-0757 to discuss the possible claims. We provide free initial consultations and a variety of payment structures to fit every client’s needs.