Denton County Condemnation / Eminent Domain Law Attorneys
The federal government, the state of Texas, and municipal, county, city, and local governments have an inherent power take private property and convert it to public use. This inherent power is known as eminent domain, and the process by which a governmental entity converts privately owned property to public use is called condemnation.
This process may seem unfair, but private property owners have significant rights during eminent domain proceedings, including the right to receive reasonable compensation for the condemned property.
Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant, L.L.P., is a Texas-based law firm that understands eminent domain laws in Texas and throughout the nation. Our lawyers focus on ensuring that property owners receive the maximum amount of compensation for their condemned property. Both Richard Hayes and Don White of our firm are Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Commercial and Residential Real Estate Law.
Condemnation and eminent domain law is complex
Because the power of eminent domain is expansive, and because condemnation laws vary from state to state, it's very important to find a skilled attorney who understands the laws particular to the state in which the land is located.
At Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant we work to help property owners receive reasonable compensation for their property and to ensure that the property taken was not more than what was needed for the government's designated public purpose (excess condemnation). We also examine whether the government acted within the scope of its power, brought formal condemnation proceedings before condemning the land, and condemned the land for a valid public purpose that does not specifically improve the fortunes of an individual or group of private investors.
Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant offers experienced legal counsel in this key area, with staff attorneys who specialize in fair compensation, real estate land takings, eminent domain litigation, and government valuations of property. We are a unique north central Texas law firm, founded in 1985 with the objectives of providing our clients the best legal and professional service available. If you are a property owner facing eminent domain proceedings, contact us to schedule a consultation about our representation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a difference between eminent domain and condemnation?
No. Eminent domain is another word for condemnation - the right of the government to take private property for public use: for example, to make way for a public highway. The Constitution requires the government to pay you fair compensation if it takes your private property.
Do I have to accept an offer based on today's property value?
No. Courts consider the "highest and best use" in determining value. If the property will be more valuable under that analysis, you are entitled to appropriate higher compensation.
Can I fight to keep my land that is facing condemnation?
Yes. Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant, L.L.P., typically focuses on helping our clients receive the highest possible offer for their land that is facing condemnation. We also have experience representing our clients in litigation matters concerning fighting the condemnation of their property.
We are a unique north central Texas law firm, founded in 1985 with the objectives of providing our clients the best legal and professional service available. Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant has over eighty-five years in municipal, real estate, and litigation law. If you are a property owner facing eminent domain issues, contact us to schedule a consultation about our representation.